Santiago – Cuba Tour Guide


Santiago was born in Havana in 1985. After graduating with a degree in geography in 2009, he spent two years working for the Ministry of the Environment in Cuba, specifically the Institute of Geography.

Since 2011 Santiago has been working as a tour leader. He truly enjoys meeting people from all different walks of life and sharing his passion for Cuba to people experiencing it for the first time.


What Our Customers Say About Cultural Island Travel

Rene, December 14, 2018

We cannot thank you enough for arranging to have Santiago as our tour guide of Havana!   He is quite simply, THE BEST !!!!

Not only is he extremely knowledgeable but his command of the English language is nothing short of superb!  In addition—he is charming and warm…..the perfect ambassador!

We would not hesitate to recommend your company for anyone interested in touring Cuba!

Sherry, November 4, 2018

I must tell you how happy we are that we booked this unforgettable excursion with your company,  As you know, we needed a personal excursion for just the three of us as we were traveling with my 98 year old mother-in-law and did not want to hold up a group or over tax Mommy.  Santiago was perfect!  When we could, we rolled Mommy in her walker.  When we couldn’t, Santiago had her on his arm and really tailored the excursion to her.  We saw beautiful squares, had lunch in a great restaurant and wonderful rides in 2 different classic cars.  We passed street musicians and Santiago danced with Mommy making it very special for her.  At the end, he even brought his family into town to meet us!  He is a very special person and very knowledgeable about the history of Cuba.  We will never forget how at home he made us feel.  We cannot recommend his and your services more.  Thank you for a wonderful adventure!

Yvonne Faye Williams, October 19, 2018

Santiago went above and beyond my expectation. He showed and spoke of his home with such pride. He answered all of our questions. I learned quite a bit about Cuba from him.

Dionne Rosa, October 19, 2018

Good Day, We want to give the highest recommendation to Santiago. He was very knowledgeable of Cuba History. There wasn’t one question unanswered. We couldn’t thank him enough for the Cuban Hospitality. I personally would like to say thank you for sending your best tour guide. Thank you Cultural Tours for Great Cultural Tours. Please share with Santiago our appreciation.

Xiaoyang Liu, June 8, 2018

Santiago is just the best tour guide! He really have a great knowledge of every aspect of history, society, economy and so on, the intellectual discussion inspire me a lot. And also he is a real people person with charisma and empathy, really caring. He is trustworthy and warm, I’ll definitely recommend him to people I know who have plans to travel to Cuba.

Alec Mendez & Connie Woodring, June 6, 2018

I wanted to drop you both a quick note to let you know that our trip to Havana through Cultural Island Travel was absolutely fabulous.

We enjoyed the many activities including the interaction with the people of Cuba, the culture, the music, the food. Everything was fantastic.

We especially liked traveling and being guided by Santiago.  He is an asset to you company!

Jennifer L. – Dec 2017

Santiago, my guide with the group, was absolutely wonderful. He knew so much about Cuba! He also helped me practice my Spanish, which I greatly appreciated. He took great care of us and really made my experience in Cuba one I will truly treasure for the rest of my life.

I cannot speak highly enough about him.

Nancy – Dec 2017

I wanted to let you know how much I liked having Santiago as a guide. He may well be the best tour guide I have ever had. His knowledge of Cuba is incredible, and his ability to make you feel at home and comfortable is also a great big plus! We had great discussions… and he made a special effort to accommodate me. He is a huge asset to Cultural Island Travel.

Corie K. – Jan 2017

Our Guide Santiago
Our guide, Santiago, was more than excellent. He is warm, kind, so well informed, and never hesitated to make the trip just a little bit more exciting. He added so much to the trip. I’m sure you know that a guide can make or break an experience and Santiago was the best guide I have ever had.

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