The simplest way to take Havana tours is to join a tour group for a planned excursion. Places like Cuba Excursions have several planned tours around Havana that will help you find all the sights and learn more about the city. But if you’d rather head out on your own, you can have a great time exploring the city on your own.
Places to See
If you are touring around Havana on your own, there are a few places you should plan on visiting.
- The National Museum of Fine Art
- The Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana
- Museum of Colonial Art
- The Capitol Building
- Havana Zoo
- Jose Marti Memorial
- Revolution Square
These are all right in the heart of Havana, but south of the city, you can also see the National Zoological Park and the Botanical Gardens.
Even if you don’t have a particular destination in mind for your Havana tour, taking a walk through the Old Havana area is always interesting due to the charm and architecture of the area.
Getting Around Havana
If you’re lucky enough to be staying at a hotel in the Old Havana quarter, you can probably see many of the city sights on foot.
But for less pedestrian transport, you have a few options while you are taking Havana tours. There are plenty of taxis, including the popular “coco-taxis” that are yellow 3-wheeled motor scooters.
There is also a public bus service that can take you around the city for just a few pesos per trip, though the schedules can be pretty erratic. The public buses are typically used by Cubans, and are quite crowded. You may feel a bit out of place taking the bus as a tourist.
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