Location
  • Cuba
    • Havana
Length
2 - 4 weeks

Program Details

Activities
City Exploring Dancing Horseback Riding
Timeframe
Year Round
Housing
Guesthouse Host Family Hostel
Primary Language
Spanish
Age Min.
18

Pricing

Starting Price
$800 USD
Price Details
14 or 28 nights accommodation - shared room with breakfast & lunch included (private rooms available also).

Spanish lessons (structured/intensive) each morning Monday to Friday from 09:00-11:45.

Dance lessons featuring Salsa – Tuesday and Thursday at 14:00 in a licensed dance school (approximately one hour each lesson). Ratio of instructor to student 1:1

Discover Cuba cultural excursions/activities Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon (usually commencing 14:00).

Two weekends feature a guided trip to the beach.

Week 3 is an adventure week in Viñales, inclusive transfers, accommodation, breakfast & lunch, Spanish lessons and adventure activities each day (described on website).
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Some Meals Transportation
What's Included (Extra)

Includes accommodation (14 or 28 nights), breakfast & lunch, welcome camino, 15 hours weekly intensive Spanish lessons, two weekly dance lessons, three weekly cultural excursions/activities, two escorted trips to the beach and an adventure week to Viñales including daily activities described.

What's Not Included
Airfare Domestic Airfare Airport Transfers Some Meals Travel Insurance Visa
What's Not Included (Extra)

Airport transfer in Habana arranged on request ($35 each way). Dinner is not included but many options on your doorstep to provide for all budgets.

Dec 16, 2020
Mar 11, 2020

About Program

Two or four week full cultural immersion based in Old Havana & Viñales. Spanish classes are supplemented with dance classes, cultural tours and adventure activities to explore, enjoy and experience this amazing country!

Three weeks – 1st, 2nd & 4th week – are based in the atmospheric heart of Old Havana. Spanish language lessons take place Monday to Friday in the mornings, and in the afternoons you receive dance classes and ‘Discover Cuba’ cultural excursions. Two weekends feature a trip to the beach while during the third week we change the setting and pace with adventure activities in Viñales.

Accommodation, breakfast & lunched INCLUDED in licensed Casa Particulares; shared single sex dorm rooms with other program participants (couples or friends booking together automatically upgraded to private room with en suite/private bathroom) OR upon payment of a single room supplement you have the option to stay in another nearby Casa with your own room and private en suite bathroom.

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Program Highlights

  • Live in the heart of Old Habana & Viñales and enjoy a full immersion into Cuban life – city and country / past and present – and an opportunity to really understand what makes this amazing country so special.
  • Busy program including accommodation, breakfast & lunch and Spanish lessons throughout, transfers to/from Viñales, dance lessons and cultural activities in Habana and adventure activities on horseback, foot and bicycle in Viñales.
  • Starts first & third Sunday of EVERY month and includes 14 or 28 nights but you are welcome to arrive early and/or extend for extra nights... we are open 365 days a year!
  • 18+ program with no upper age limit (minors welcome if accompanied by an adult - this program is family friendly also!). We welcome all nationalities!
  • All Cuban crew and Program Managers will help you feel at home providing 24/7 support.

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Go back in time and experience a traditional Cuban lifestyle in the beautiful town of Viñales. After Spanish lessons enjoy daily adventure activities including hiking, horse-riding and cycling through some of the most wonderful landscapes in Cuba. 7 nights accommodation, breakfast & lunch, Spanish lessons and daily activities included. The program starts and finishes in Viñales, but transportation from Old Havana can be arranged.

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Program Reviews

9.5 Rating
based on 12 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 91.67%
  • 7-8 rating 8.33%
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  • Housing 9.1
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.8
  • Value 9.3
  • Safety 9.4
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C
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Perfect Week

I couldn’t have asked for a better week! From the beginning, the organization of the program and the contact with Tim was excellent; everything went flawlessly. Every single staff member in Havana were Amazing; very warm, friendly and helpful - I was made to feel at home and supported. I opted for a private room and was very happy with the accommodation in all aspects (cleanliness, comfort, location, safety). My spanish teacher was better than I expected, and I really appreciated being put in an appropriate level with only one other student in my class. The dance classes were a dream, I couldn’t get enough! I loved that everything I needed was walking distance and I always felt safe no matter the time of day or night. All in all, I have zero complaints, and would absolutely recommend this program. I can’t wait to return for another amazing experience!

9 people found this review helpful.
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Martin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A great time in Cuba

I spent three weeks with Corazon Cuba in La Habana. Having learnt Spanish only while travelling in Latin America I still made a lot of mistakes. After three weeks I felt much more confident in the use of the language. I am now really able to have a deeper conversation in Spanish and I make considerably fewer mistakes. The teaching was varied, professional and linked to life in Cuba. We watched and discussed movies, read poems and short stories and got an in-depth comprehension of Spanish grammar.

The housing was simple, clean and well kept, food was delicious. Meeting people from all over the world was great fun. I met interesting people and made friends. Dancing lessons were great, my teacher had a lot of patience with me.

Thank you very much, I shall come back!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Having spent three wekks in Cuba in 1989 it was very interesting to see how Cuba has changed towards a more open society and a mixed economy.
8 people found this review helpful.
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catherine
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Cuba

I had a wonderful time. Everybody was friendly and helpful.
I would definitely return. And I already have recommended this program to many of my friends.I loved the dance lessons and my Spanish teacher was wonderful. I learned so much! Havana is a wonderful city in that location was perfect. It was easy to walk to restaurants, walk to the bus station, and walk to night dances. The rooftop was a lovely place to hang out. It’s a great way to meet people from all over the world. The staff was helpful and well organized.

11 people found this review helpful.
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Nataly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

5-star experience! I would definitely come back!

Everything was amazing! from the organization, the soon replies and info that I had before my trip, the accommodation, lovely people, food and salsa classes...

Translated by Go Overseas:

Thank you for all the help that each one gave me in the hostel, from directions to get to know the city, take care of myself, enjoy, house rules and panoramas. Joy and professionalism was always present.
Thank you also for the security provided at all times.
It was a wonderful and transformative experience.
With love for each of the team members, Natalie

Original review:

Gracias por toda la ayuda que me brindó cada uno en el hostel, desde indicaciones para conocer la ciudad, cuidarme, disfrutar, normas de casa y panoramas. La alegría y profesionalismo siempre estuvo presente.
Gracias también por la seguridad otorgada en todo momento.
Fue una experiencia maravillosa y transformadora.
Con amor para cada uno de los integrantes del equipo, Natalie

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Please notice that in Corazón Cuba: You are going to learn and have fun in a cozy place, with an excellent location and amazing people!
10 people found this review helpful.
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Jessy
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A week in Havana

Had a great time in Havana! Absolutely loved the city, loads of stuff to do. Lot of history. Staff is very nice and really want to take care of you and make sure you are safe. Spanish teachers are great too. I was the only one on advanced level so I had private classes all week. I really enjoyed the culture walks, very informative and nicely done.
Because I already danced before I changed level and then had a higher level class with 2 other girls. Really nice that this was possible. Overall the program is very flexible and alters to your wishes.

11 people found this review helpful.
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Judith
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Cuba

My review is from the perspective of a parent; ie., I didn’t participate in the program to Cuba, but my daughter did. As a parent of a teen, I was full of trepidation for my daughter going to Cuba, but the attention to detail and the staff were amazing! The teachers were incredibly patient and kind, which my daughter appreciated as she doesn’t
Find learning languages easy. The companionship of the group (of other ttravelers) was key to her experience, but there was ALOT of heavy drinking, which did make my (tea-totaler) daughter feel very uncomfortable. Be warned that this was a nightly party for most of the travelers! That being said, she was still included (& accepted, despite being unwilling to participate in the drinking culture), and she really enjoyed the walking tours/cultural tours, and said the FOOD was amazing! She even loved the salsa lessons. I say “even” (loves the salsa lessons) because she can be a bit
of an introvert, so was absolutely dreading the dancing. However, to her — and my— great surprise, she saide it was “the best fun!” The teacher made it so relaxed, and
only emphasized enjoying the music & having fun. Finally, Tim P-P, the program coordinator was so wonderful. He never tired of my long list of (almost daily) questions on the lead up to the trip. He was so knowledgeable, friendly, and personable, yet
his professionalism & knowledge of Cuba/adventure travel) is outstanding. I’ll end on this —- my daughter contracted a tropical
Illness, and the staff were on it immediately, as was Tim, who communicated with me until we both felt all my questions were answered and that we both felt she was being well taken care of; she was! The staff could not have been more kind and
concerned, and I had complete
Confidence in the team, as did my daughter. I can’t recommend this program enough! Do NOT hesitate
to sign up your daughter or son for this experience of a lifetime!

9 people found this review helpful.
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Linda
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Piece of my heart, baby!

Take it! Take another little piece of my heart now Cuba! (sung to the tune of Janice Joplin's 'Piece of My Heart). I honestly think I left a piece of my heart in the country. My stint there ignited in me a great love for Latin American culture - the sumptuous sights, sounds and energy of Havana's city streets are still throbbing in my veins. The local's gave us a royal welcome....fun, adventure and broad smiling faces never more than a few feet away. The teachers on the Spanish programme were incredible; they offered a window into the culture that I wouldn't be able to get through a guide book. They were friendly, accommodating and altogether encouraging in their teaching style. I learned lots!!! Not just about the language, but through the leaning, a whole different experience of Havana and broader Cuba. And I can dance a mean salsa now and haven't broken anyones toes since! ;P

I can't wait to return xxx

9 people found this review helpful.
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Garret
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An eye opener

I've travelled solo for a few years, making holiday itineraries on my own watch, doing the things that I only wanted to do. It's a nice way to travel and for the most part - you can create the exact kind of holiday/travel experience that's right for you.

I've always wanted to go to Cuba and I thought for this trip I wanted to go a little deeper with the travel experience. Normally for me I'm pretty happy if I can take some cool pictures and some videos but I thought for this trip I would step outside of my comfort zone a little and try immerse myself into the culture and genuinely learn about a new culture in a deeper way.

After spending 4 weeks with the guys at Corazon I'm really glad I decided to do this program. For one, I feel like a did get a proper insight into what it means to be Cuban. Hanging out with Cubans is the best way to do this and I was really happy that there was so many Cubans as part of the team - along with that, they were all super interested to share their experiences and offer some insight into their country.

I also realised I am not a horrific dancer as I thought! I do say this modestly of course.

Now - to be fully honest - Cuba can be quite a frustrating country. Terrible internet, minimum selection for certain things, food is so-so... But it good to know these things AHEAD of coming to Cuba so that you enter into the experience knowing you are putting your western comforts to one side and are opening yourself up to a completely different cultural experience.

There is so much that I enjoyed in my trip and I really do thank Corazon for much of this. The girls and guys who run the program are super friendly and nice and the way the programs are structured it's easy to come away improving a ton on your skills going into it... I would recommend this program.

Now I'm still not fluent in Spanish (to my girlfriend's continuing disappointment) however I don't completely suck in conversation, but more importantly I feel I found a better frame of reference when it comes to talking about Cuba, Cubans and latino culture......

What would you improve about this program?
Faster internet would be awesome but tbh I actually liked disconnected from internet during my time in Cuba. There's no many places left where you can do that these days....

Improve the Cuban food generally! I liked the food at the casa (hands to the chefs!!) but overall Cuba kinda sucks when it comes to modern food sorry haha Apparently it is getting better all the time though
10 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

All our programs restart from 3rd January 2021. After an 8 month lockdown the country reopened to visitors in mid November. New arrivals are required to take a test on arrival at Havana Airport and quarantine with us until results are delivered (hopefully no more than 24 hours) before joining the rest of the group. Cuba is one of the safest 'exotic' destinations you could consider at this time -...