Lisa SafranUnited States
Ernesto was a wonderful tour guide with a depth of knowledge that he freely shared with our group of 20. His English was terrific and he spoke in the vernacular which was very impressive considering he has never been out of Cuba. He was very aware of any limitations of our older group of seniors. He particularly took great care of me, using my scooter. He is just a delightful person. Thanks Caryl G.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Caryl! Thank you so much for such kind words. I really enjoyed the time with you, it was (and always will be) my absolute pleasure to assist and spend time with such a lovely and beautiful lady as you ;) (this also applies for the rest of the group, I don't want anyone getting jealous ����). All my love. Ernesto
John DempseyUnited States
Our group had a wonderful day. Ernesto made us feel like family not guests. His enthusiasm and knowledge made our tour more than we expected. Thank you for sharing your history with us.
Barbara WiseUnited States
We like to Thank :Ernesto Torres: for a wonderful 2 days in Havana. He was very friendly, very carrying for us senior citizens. He made us feel welcome and more like family, than we could ever dreamed off. We had a very good time spending our time in Havana with him.
Great tour and wonderful guide. Ernesto was knowledgeable and always interested in our many questions . All ten of us were very satisfied and would recommend this guide and Tours by Locals.
Ernesto was great. He had designed an excellent program specifically for us. He gave us a real feel for Havana by taking us to places where we could experience the local culture. Then a tour of Havana where we saw the main buildings, etc, as well as the history of Cuba. One of the best excursions we have taken and we have been on many.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you guys! You are amazing and I really enjoyed spending this day with you and loved to be able to show you a piece of my city. Don't worry about the cigar, keep it as a souvenir from Cuba! Cheers Ernesto
Roger MayesUnited States
I cannot say enough to tell you what an amazing tour Ernesto T provided for my family of 9 adults and 4 teenage grandkids during our cruise stop in Havana. His knowledge, enthusiasm, professionalism and charisma far exceeded my expectation (we are seasoned travelers) and made our trip to Cuba one of the best experiences of our lives. He accomodated every need for our mixed group that ranged from 14 to 75 years of age. My grand kids cannot stop talking about "this cool new friend in Cuba named Ernesto"!
Chad SassoUnited States
Ernesto's tour was EXCELLENT. He communicated before, giving specific instructions of where to meet. The vehicle was clean and comfortable, and our driver was professional. His English is 100% fluent, and his knowledge was very impressive. He's also a really cool guy! We plan to ask Ernesto for another tour when we return to Havana. The best! Highly recommended. Thank you, Ernesto!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you guys for such kind words. You are great. I really enjoyed the time with you and you can bet we'll stay in touch. Cheers. Ernesto
Stephen P.Washington, DC, United States
Ernesto's Rolling Havana tour was fantastic. We saw so many wonderful sights while benefiting from Ernesto's in-depth knowledge and perspective. He provided outstanding context that kept our group highly interested. Ernesto is professional, kind, accommodating, and a lot of fun. He made our Havana experience special! I recommend Ernesto without reservation. You will not go wrong selecting his tours.
Kalpana PrasadUnited States
Margaret BabbUnited States
Larry KaidenUnited States
Ernesto is one of the best guides we have ever used. He answered every one of our questions in a forthright honest manner. He showed us all the local sights in havana showing us flaws as well as good points. We saw school children, happy and dressed in uniforms walking to and from school. He pointed out some of the myths and realities of life in current day Havana. He took us to lunch at a local Palidor , a pedicab ride and then a tour in a 1957 Dodge,my first owned car. A day to always remember.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you guys! You were amazing. I really enjoyed the time with you. I promise, next time in New York (Hopefully quite soon) we'll see each other again.
Nancy BortzUnited States
I highly recommend Ernesto He was so accommodating and easy going and fun to be with His English is perfect very easy to understand. His knowledge of the country was unbelievable and he had a very nice way of telling the stories I have friends that went to Cuba and were somewhat disappointed, but with Ernesto you won't be I highly recommend Ernesto you won't be disappointed Nancy
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind words Nancy. I really enjoyed the time with you. You're amazing!!!
Lauren QuackenbushUnited States
Ernesto was the best!!! If you are going to Havana you must spend the day with him! So personable, informative, and he made it so fun and an amazing experience! I was traveling with my 3 grown boys and sister! Havana is a must and so is Ernesto!!!
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!
Natalie OwensUnited States
A great day in Cuba! We booked Ernesto for a day shore excursion and had a wonderful time. Ernesto provided an A/C Van and driver and picked us up at the port and delivered us back at the requested time. We spent the day a the Revolutionary Square, Fustaland and Hemmingway's house, then to lunch at a small fishing village and we ended the day at the market where Ernesto waited for us so that he could take us back to the port on time. He told us of Cuba's history and answered all our questions.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind words. I really enjoyed the day with you guys. Cheers Ernesto
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.