Stephanie JohnsonUnited States
We have used Tours by Locals many times - always with great results and Ernesto was no exception. In fact, if I could give a rating greater than 5 stars I would. We had a full and wonderful day in Havana. Ernesto introduced us to the culture, people, history, food, drink, architecture, of colorful colonial Havana. The pace of the day was perfect and we even spent part of the day in a 1955 red Dodge convertible touring the newer parts of the city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for such kind words. I really enjoyed the time with you guys. You're great!! Thanks again!
Christian EsserBritish Virgin Islands
Amazing tour. Ernesto was great. You can feel he loves his beautiful country. We had a fun day, even my kids.
Cherie G.United States
Our group of 8 totally enjoyed our 2 days with Ernesto in Havana. We saw & did more than anyone expected in just two days. We walked, rode on bicycle-carts, had great lunch, toured in classic cars, Tropicana night & next day Cojimar with a farm to table experience & ended at the San Jose Market.He not only helped us all understand Cuban history but showed a truly optimistic view of the future of Cuba. He answered all questions and gave us many opportunities to interact with people of Havana.Great guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much guys!! I really appreciate your words and I have to tell you I had a blast with you! I feel deeply touched by your review and please know you will always have a friend in Cuba ;) All my love! Ernesto
Janet MooreUnited States
Best guide we have ever had. Ernesto is extremely knowledgeable & articulate, not afraid to answer any of our questions.He started out by asking if we had any particular needs.We wanted to see and hear the history of Havana Cuba. Never thought I would drink Rum & smoke a cigar; but I did! Our friends had a picture of her grandparents from 1920 at Sloppy Joes so he made sure to stop there during the convertible part of the tour. IT WAS AN AWESOME TOUR, ERNESTO WAS AMAZING & SO WERE THE PEOPLE OF CUBA.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you guys for such kind words! I really enjoyed the time with you. You're the best ;)
Janet MooreUnited States
We decided to have dinner at the Tropicana; food and service were good. Show was excellent but would not recommend ordering drinks since you get a bottle of rum, cokes and champagne.
Sybil KlugUnited States
Ernesto handled our tour very professionally. He accommodated our special needs as well as those of another group that had to join us unexpectedly. Our ride in the convertible was fun as well as informative. It was a good introduction to Havana. All of us learned something from him.
Sharlene called-Shelly H.United States
Ernesto was knowledgeable and wonderful! He was also flexible, as we challenged him by including a 2 and 4 year old...not ideal circumstances for touring. He changed the order of the events to accommodate with super fun antique car rides for a majority of the morning with the kids. The only reason I gave a 4 instead of a 5 is that we would have preferred a nicer site for the "rum and cigar experience". Highlights: his history of Cuba, Hotel Nacional, the local restaurant for lunch and the car rides.
Janet TymeckUnited States
What a fantastic, educational, culturally stimulating and most importantly FUN day! Ernesto gave our group a wonderful insight into Cuba by giving us a peek into a world we didn't know much about. The walk about, cigar and rum tasting were truly special the the local lunch was better than good. The drive around in our 1956 pink Dodge was the icing on the cake. We fully enjoyed our day. For a great taste of Cuba, you can't miss with Ernesto!
Robert S.United States
Ernesto was simply outstanding. Our tour was interesting, educational and enjoyable. Ernesto is extremely knowledgeable and provided us a view into a city and culture about which we knew very little. We felt that both during the planning phase and during our tour Ernesto exceeded our expectations, providing those little touches that turn a good experience into a great one.
Noreen LevittUnited States
Our day with Ernesto was fabulous. Having previously visited Cuba, Ernesto took the time to craft an personalized itinerary with experiences we had no seen before. Our Cigar and Rum tasting included personal attention and a musical concert just for our enjoyment. The restaurant (Palador) that Ernesto chose was excellent (great decor, friendly staff, incredible food). Lastly, we enjoyed a drive outside the city limits to a quaint fishing in a classic 50's convertible - our driver Dervis was great too!
Ernesto was amazing. His knowledge of Havana and Cuban history brought everything we were seeing into life. The walking tour was easy with many stops along the way. The cigar sampling was so much fun and taught us a lot about this fine art. The ride in the vintage cars was another highlight of the tour. It's the only way to get to know a city if you have never been before. Ernesto answered all our questions with ease and his command of English is flawless. Highly recommend using this group.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for all your kind words! I really enjoyed the time with you guys �� Cheers
Our guide had so much knowledge --- loved his choice of restaurant for lunch ---the car ride showed us a different perspective of Havana from the morning walk. He really organized our day VERY well. If I should go back to Cuba I would hire him again.
Lisa SafranUnited States
Going to Cuba was always a ~mystery~ to me BUT..then I met Ernesto and IMMEDIATELY felt like he was family! He made my time in Havana an experience that exceeded my expectations by 1000%. I have convinced a group of @ least 20 friends right now to return with me next Feb 2019. We plan to use Ernesto again. His knowledge, passion for his country, humor, etc. was WAY MORE than I expected and DEFINITELY better than a government guide. WE LOVE HIM!!! Lisa Safran Sarasota FL
Richard GoldhaberUnited States
Ernesto was a wwonddeerful guide. He tailored his tour to our "disabilities" and made certain we saw as much as we could in the time we had. He is a very interesting person, who obviously loves his country - but sees the difference between what was and what could be. We are looking forward
Ernesto was a perfect guide. He was friendly, smart, respectful and fun. I learned a lot from him during my brief trip to Havana. I highly recommend him for a private or a group tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words. You were also great. I had a very good time with you and I really enjoyed it.