Classic Car Tour of La Habana
We will see the modern parts of La Habana, as we drive through and learn about some of the Residential Neighborhoods - i.e. Central Havana (“Central Havana”), Cerro, Vedado, Miramar - and we will visit important and historic locations, such as those listed below. The tour will end at La Feria San Jose in Habana Vieja where we will engage with local artisans and purchase gifts and souvenirs.
During the tour, we will see more government and private renovation and construction projects, and continue our discussion about the impact on everyday Cubans of the recent increase in tourism and foreign direct investment
1. Universidad de La Habana (“The University of Havana”) UH was founded on January 5, 1728 and is the oldest university in Cuba and one of the first to be founded in the Americas. It is located in Vedado.
2. El Hotel Nacional de Cuba - (“The National Hotel of Cuba”) • Hotel Nacional is one of the oldest and perhaps the most well-known luxury hotel in Cuba. It opened in 1930 and has hosted many great artists and scholars. It is located on the Malecón in Vedado and has a gorgeous view of the Havana Harbor and the Malecón.
3. Plaza de la Revolución & Monumento a José Martí - (“Revolution Square & Monument to José Martí”). Plaza de la Revolución is the name of city square in La Habana. The city square has an area of 72,000 square meters, which makes it one of the largest city squares in the world. It is where political rallies take place and political figures address the Cuban people. The city square is home to the Monumento a José Martí, which features a 109 m (358 ft) tall tower and an 18 m (59 ft) statue, and the Biblioteca Nacional José Martí (“The José Martí National Library”). Plaza de la Revolución is also the name of the Municipality of the Havana Province where the city square is located.
Located Behind the Monument - El Palacio de la Revolución (“The Palace of the Revolution”), home to the headquarters of the Consejo de Estado de Cuba (“The Council of the State of Cuba”), Consejo de Ministros(“Council of Ministers”), and El Comité Central del Partido Comunista de Cuba (“The Central Committee of The Communist Party of Cuba”).
Located Opposite the Monument - A) Ministerio del Interior (“Ministry of the Interior”) with a steel outline image of Che Guevara and the quotation "Hasta la Victoria Siempre" (“Until the Victory, Always”), and B) Ministerio de Informática y la Comunicaciones (“Ministry of Information Technology and Communications”) with a steel outline image of Camilo Cienfuegos, with the quotation "Vas bien, Fidel" (“You're doing fine, Fidel”).