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Havana is an exciting city with many interesting neighbourhoods. However, to experience the ‘real’ Havana you need to stay in Habana Vieja. From here you are a very comfortable walk to the best bars and nightlife, and during the daytime you will be living among the real Habanos working in shops, bars, art galleries and going about their daily lives in this atmospheric part of the city.

Havana has a unique distinction, being the safest city in the Caribbean and Latin America generally. There are a number of reasons for this, but what it means for the curious traveller is that you will be able to enjoy unprecedented access to local people as you wander around the ‘barrio’ that makes up Habana Vieja.

You will be staying in ‘Casa Jakera’, a licensed Casa Particulare, sharing a dorm room with other student clients OR upon payment single room supplement you have the option to stay in another nearby Casa with your own room and en suite bathroom. Either way breakfast and lunch are served at Casa Jakera and this will be the hub of program activities, as this is also where Spanish lessons are taken as well as group discussions, planning meetings and impromptu social gatherings.

Casa Jakera was opened at the end of 2015 and features shared bedrooms, separate shower and toilet facilities, dining rooms and lots of comfortable indoor and outdoor space (including spacious roof terrace). Here you can enjoy hanging out with new friends or chilling on your own to enjoy the cool breezes and great views of the streets below. As with most of Havana you will enjoy taking in the atmosphere in this central location which is truly unique.

Casa Particulares are government licenced ‘private homestay’ accommodation whereby Cubans are permitted to rent out one or two bedrooms in their home to paying guests. However, the licensing regime has recently been extended to include larger hostal style accommodation. Casa Jakera falls under this latter category and whether you stay at Casa Jakera or another Casa Particulare breakfast & lunch and Spanish lessons are taken at Casa Jakera.

Trinidad is one of the Caribbean's best-preserved examples of a town from the era of the sugar-trade and Spanish colonialism. The architecture is impressive and beautiful, and the town as a whole is one of the most typical and characteristic examples of classic Cuba with pastel coloured houses, pretty churches and cobbled streets.

The town is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its outstanding cultural and architectural importance. Around Trinidad there are plenty things to see: the beautiful El Escambray mountains; Casilda Bay and it's nearby islet with crystal clear waters, white sand and fantastic diving and snorkelling opportunities; the Valley de los Ingenios (the Valley of the Sugarmills) is another World Heritage site. While in Trinidad you can learn about Trinidad’s Afro-Cuba heritage; the Yoruba religion and how it has merged with Roman Catholicism in the form of Santería.

Your Casa Particulares is a classic colonial house, located in the historic cobblestoned center of Trinidad. Built in the early nineteenth century, features include light and airy spaces and thick walls that offer a cool respite from the heat outside. There is a very pleasant enclosed outdoor courtyard.

The kitchen has an excellent reputation and you will likely to enjoy some of the best food you will eat in Trinidad - as is the case with most well run Casa's, by arrangement you can eat lunch or dinner here. Cuban specialities include seafood in all its forms with fresh fish, octopus, crabs and other crustaceans sourced locally, as well as more traditional roast pork and rice and beans to please the most demanding tastes, prepared by excellent cooks, in an environment of extreme cleanliness.

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Your Casa in Trinidad has been specially selected for its central location in 'Trinidad Vieja’ - and quality of service.

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Telephone: 00353868220333
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