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One of the things that I asked of my friends who was processing our trip to Cuba was to make sure we get, not only a week on the beach, but more so, that we get to see and experience the history and heritage of the Cuban people. And our day tour with Amel, for me, was one of the highlights. I'd give up the beach over that. The moment we got into the 1958 Impala, I already thrilled. It's an Impala! But what really got me hooked was the moment Amel started to not only tell us about the sights but moreso the history and meaning of anything and everything. The Impala became a classroom, where we, tourists, avidly learned a lot about Cuba and its people. One astonishing thing is, he was able to show and tell us all these things with enthusiasm, with optimism, with passion; not just a job. And he educated non-stop. One of the things that I did not expect was for us to go into the backstreets. This is special for me because it makes our experience of Cuba authentic. Thank you!
Joseph Sylvester Pampliega
We have just retuned from a great holiday in Cuba. My wife, Myself and our daughter. Our experience was made all the more pleasurable by booking an overnight Havana Tour with Amel. All the arrangements were made in advance of our trip, and all went just as planned. We were picked up at our hotel at 8am and driven the scenic route to Havava. We were taken to all the relevant and interesting places. Amel is a very knowledgable, entertaining and interesting tour guide. He helped to explain the Cubans Culture and history while filling in the gaps in our knowledge in an entertaining and engaging way. I would highly recommend you book your tour with Eyewitness and Amel. Many Thanks Steve, Julie and Jessica Woods
AMAZING HAVANA OVERNIGHT TOUR
Amel was recommended to us through our hotel. We were promised a memorable day tour of Havana, and we got so much more. From the moment he pulled up with his driver in the original black and red Bat Mobile, until the last minutes of dropping us off, all our expectations were exceeded. We were a group of 3 friends and we all fell in love with Cuba and learning so much more from our day with Amel than we could have ever done on our own. Fun, witty, knowledgable, welcoming are just a few words to describe Amel and his personalized way of showing you his country. If you get a chance, don't miss it. We highly recommend Amel and his services. Steven, Stephane, and Jundre.
Extremely Satisfied Customer
Someone from our resort recommended Amel to take us on a tour of Havana and we, all 12 of us, are so thankful that we listened to her. We knew we were in for an Awesome day, Amel did not disappoint us at all. from the first greeting to the end of the day, Amel provided us not only with the country's history but also great insight to its wonderful people and culture. He also knows a significant amount of Canadian and American history and politics. Amel's language skills were impeccable, he is fluent in French as well and is also learning Russian. He is articulate, educated, funny and charming. If you are looking for a real Cuban experience, Amel is your guide. Naz Moussa and 11 others.
If you are looking for an educational, informative and enjoyable tour of Havana, I strongly recommend hiring Amel Orlando as your tour guide. Amel is passionate in his descriptions of Havana's interesting history, evolution and how the people really live. His excellent English, patience in answering questions and passion for his country are very evident. A pleasant and worthwhile day!
Very Satisfied Customer
My best day is Cuba was with Amel and his driver for a tour of Havana. From the start, with his earlier arrival at our hotel and his friendly greeting, it was a pleasure to be in such good company. Amel is proud, informed, articulate and so very happy to be mixing his professional backgrounds to provide insightful and educational tours. I wish I had known more before visiting Cuba - however I was so intrigued by after Amel's tour that I now want to know more!
Starting the day off with the best pina coladas, music and a gorgeous view, Elio Jr. and Elio Sr. showed us the best parts of Havana that we would never have found on our own. Our 2 hour drive from Varadero flew by with Elio's history lesson and impressive English. We had a super fun day, muchos gracias!
Chris, Vanessa & Russell
Happy Havana Customers
We have traveled to Cuba many times and have gone on a tour to Havana with a group but this time we decided to go to Havana alone with a tour guide and Amel was great. Not only does he know his history but he took us on a tour along the small streets of Havana and experience something that we would not otherwise experience. I have read the other testimonials and I agree with their opinion 100%. We felt sad to have to say goodbye at the end of the day, Amel was a great guide, we would not hesitate to hire him again.
Jose & Fernanda
We were fortunate to have someone connect us with Amel for a day trip into Havana. From the moment we were picked up at our hotel in a 59 Impala by Amel and our smiling driver Armando, we knew we were in for a wonderful day. Having previously booked bus tours into Havana on other trips to Varadero, we were looking for something with more 'depth' and we were not disappointed. Amel provided us not only with the country's history but also great insight to its wonderful people and culture. Amel's language skills were impeccable (I understand he is fluent in French as well and is also learning Russian!) - articulate, educated, funny and charming. If you are looking for a real Cuban experience, as the site indicates, then don't hesitate to engage Amel - you'll be glad you did.
Mary & Glenn
More Thrilled Customers
My husband and I were fortunate enough to have Amel take us on a full day tour of Havana. He picked us up at our hotel, spoke absolutely perfect English and was a lot of fun. We sincerely enjoyed our day with our tour guide. By the time our day was done we had learned hundreds of interesting facts about Cuba. Amel is an incredibly intelligent man and shares information in a very entertaining way. By the time our day was done, Amel had become our friend and we were sad to say goodbye. Since we have returned to Canada - we have given his name to friends who also hired him as their tour guide and they were also thrilled. If we go back to Cuba, we will absolutely be spending more time with Amel.