Ela is a fun, passionate and very informative guide. The '4 squares' walking tour was a great introduction to old Havana. The tour of the rum museum is worth adding on. All highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Wayne!! I really really appreciate your kind words!! You guys were amazing and I am so happy I got to be your local guide; thanks so much for trusting me with your holidays!! Big hugs Ela
Reem El MutwalliUnited Kingdom
Very informative, covered all the important sites, happy personality and very accommodating
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much Reem and once again thanks for trusting me as your local guide in Cuba!!
Reem El MutwalliUnited Kingdom
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Gracias Reem! I had a great time with you guys, happy happy holidays in Cuba!!
Jason WimetteUnited States
Ela was amazing!! We had a group of 13 including 5 children and she did a great job engaging everyone with her passion and energy (and timely gelato stop for the kids). She is extremely knowledgeable and answers any question thrown at her with ease and excitement. I highly recommend booking Ela for your trip!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Gracias Jason!! Your family is indeed 5 stars (and plus); it was an incredible adventure for me as well and I thank you all so much for being so inquisitive and open and... the kids!! ...OMG your kids are the bomb!! I adored them all!! Thanks for allowing me share this experience with all of you. Big smashing kisses chickens, Ela
Joseph RodriguezUnited States
Was by far the best tour experience we have ever had! She was extremely knowledgeable, funny , down to earth and and took us on the best tour we ever had . I was she was in every Country we plan to visit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much J.!!! Y gracias a toda tu maravillosa gente!! (thanks so much to your entire wonderful friend'mily) , you guys were a blast to hang out with, I laughed, I really enjoyed every minute of it and I'm so deeply grateful for your visit and warm and love; I couldn't have asked for a better party. All my love, massive hugs and big smashing kisses, E
Kamlesh GillespieUnited States
Ela is a wonderful, delightful guide. She's totally fluent in English. She was so accommodating and helpful and made our trip so worthwhile. She planned our day to show us the highlights but was flexible enough to deal with whatever else took our fancy - organizing a massage, getting a salsa class etc. You can't go wrong if you get Ela.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!! Thanks so much for those lovely words!! I really really appreciate them and you girls were a true delight!! I had a great time thanks to you girls and your happy open disposition ��❤ all my loveee and here you'll always have a friend. Big smashing kisses Ela
Jeffrey DodgeUnited States
Ela was an excellent tour guide. She was full of energy, educated us on life in Cuba, explained the history of Cuba, funny AND fun to be with during our two day tour of Havana. EVERYONE in our group of 8 said that she was the best tour guide we have ever had across the many different cities and countries we visited. We would highly recommend her to all our friends and even those we don't know. The only reason we gave her five stars is because we could not give her 10.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jeffrey! Thanks for the laughs, for the kindness, for the appreciation for my country and it's people and thanks so much for the opportunity to be your guide (and friend) in Cuba! Please do... come back!! I would love to have you over again (and I will definitely do the bourbon trail ��). All my love chickens
Steven G.WELLINGTON, FL, United States
Ela is the cutest, most passionete, most knowledgeable, and fun to be with during our stay in Cuba. We were able to get personal insights into daily life in Havana, eat local food, learn about the culture, see the sights with a fun loving person that made our tour such a wonderful experience. Ela is the best. Her English is perfect and a delight to be with...We have used Tours by Local all over the world and she is TOPS!!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Steve thank you thank you thank you!! I'm actually quite emotional right now and so deeply touched by your words. I loved every minute of it! I adore you guys, you are so funny and insightful and easygoing that I couldn't have wished for a better experience or better clients (now friends). Forever find a loving friend in me. Big smashing kisses!!
Lori KirschbaumUnited States
Ela and Ernesto are the best guides EVER!!!! We were traveling with a large group of 19 ranging from age 16-76 for a 50th Wedding Anniversary. They went above and beyond to make our day in Havana so special. They are both so knowledgeable and did I mention FUN!!! Our whole group is still talking about how much fun we had. Ela and Ernesto... thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all that you did to make our day so very special...we enjoyed every minute of it! Love, your Chickens!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Lori, can I be honest with you? You shouldn't be thanking me, I should be thanking you!!! The fact that you trusted me with such an special holiday is beyond mindblowing! I don't deserve it, really, I am so grateful! You just jumped in head before toes and blindly put this celebration in my hands without hesitation. You allowed me to lead, you embraced our culture and there are no words to show my very deep appreciation. Love you my chickens!! Ela
Marvin KatzUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Marvin for the review!! All my love, Ela
Sheryl SchecterUnited States
Ela's knowledge and enthusiasm are terrific. She arranged for bicitaxis to drive us around the core area of Havana and fulfilled our request of seeing local art galleries. This was our second time in Havana and our time with Ela was enriching and showed us parts of Havana we had not had the chance to previously explore. She is flexible and was eager to show us places of interest to the us. You can't go wrong with her guidance.
Lee SheldonUnited States
Our experience with Ela was fabulous. She is warm, friendly, absolutely loves what she does. She customized our tour to exactly what we wanted. She brought us to rum and cigar tasting, knew the tasting director, got us more rum than anyone else with special attention from that director. She brought us to a great restaurant for an authentic Cuban lunch, arranged transportation in a '56 Chevy. She even arranged a synagogue experience for us. If we return to Cuba, Ela will be our tour guide. Thanks, Ela!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you guys!! I absolutely loved this day with you and I loveeeee you! You guys really brought it for me, your questions, your care about the Cuban people and society, you great sense of humor... what else can I say? Thanks for choosing me and thanks for allowing me to corrupt you with Cuban vices ;) Here you have (and will always) a Cuban friend. Big smashing kisses Ela
Don PetronUnited States
We had a wonderful time with Ela. She is very candid and honest about the good and bad of Cuban society, politics, and economics, and is very well versed on all of those topics. As a former history professor, she has a great and lively way of communicating accurate information. She also arranged a great driving tour in one of the classic cars. It took us several hours to get through customs from the cruise ship, but Ela just rolled with it. One of the best TBL tours we have taken.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Gracias Don!! Thanks so much you guys for being such good sports and for all the wonderful words, I really appreciate it and I hope your short time in Cuba has brought you happiness and warm and a new Cuban friend! All my love
Daniele BarachUnited States
Our guide Ella was great. She planned a customized tour base on our requests, and adapted to changing circumstances. She was very well informed and informative, and was able to answer all our questions. She is extremely charming and patient, and her English is excellent. We enjoyed the day spent with her and our driver to the fullest.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Daniele!! Thank you guys! I had such a wonderful time with you and I deeply appreciate your words and love!! I couldn't ask for a more receptive open smart and inquisitive clients, I'm really thankful for you choosing me for this tour and for visiting my beloved home; all my love! Ela
Luiza GuimaraesUnited Kingdom
Myself and my husband (young couple) had a great time in our tour with Ela. She explained everything really well, and tailored it to out interests. She not only explained things about the tour, but of Cuban tradition and culture, which made it much better than your average tour, pointing out places and giving us great tips. Highly recommended.