My partner, Austin, and I traveled to Habana, Trinidad and Varadero for seven (7) days in June 2016! We were very excited to travel to Cuba but we weren’t sure where to start or how to get there or how to plan the trip once we got there…From the moment we arrived in Habana, Rena planned our travel, stays at casas and tours. Rena helped us balance tours and being able to explore on our own! We had such an amazing trip! Before we left, we looked up every blog, read every book and talked to so many people that had either been there or wanted to go there. We were definitely overwhelmed with information and didn’t know how to begin planning the trip especially since we were coming from the United States and wanted to travel independently from a “tour group”. I came across the Experience the Real Cuba website and emailed Rena. Within a day, she had responded and jumped at the chance to help with our trip to Cuba. Rena helped answer EVERY question I had and made sure that she knew the style of travel that Austin and I wanted to experience. We were looking to explore Cuba at a very raw level: wanting to understand the history, see amazing sights, meet the people and live and breathe the culture. Rena helped us do that and much more!! One of our favorite parts of the trip was Trinidad. We met Rena in Trinidad and she gave us great recommendations on places to eat and go out. We were able to take an intimate tour of the city with a private tour guide – he was so knowledgeable about the history, the community and how important the city is to the development of Cuba. He pointed out museums, sights, bars and other areas that we ended up visiting after the tour. It was great to get an in-depth “lay of the land” from someone who was born and raised in Cuba! That same day, Rena had booked us for a salsa lesson. We had the BEST time with the instructors, and learned REAL CUBAN SALSA! We now practice back home because the lesson inspired us! Overall, I would highly recommend Experience the Real Cuba and Rena to help you with your travel to Cuba! We fell in love with Cuba and the cities we traveled too. Because of Rena’s help, we felt safe, smoothly traveled from one city to the next, and experience the real Cuba!