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The Cuban International Salsa Festival will be held from 24th till 30th of April 2017.

The Cuban International Salsa Festival is a once in a lifetime event where you can learn and dance with the worlds best Cuban Salsa dances in the home of Salsa… Havana Cuba. Everyone is saying go to Cuba before the marvel is gone, don’t miss this opportunity to salsa on the Malecon, Rumba in the Old City and practice your regatton moves at the famous casa de la musica.

Ritmo Cuba takes place in the old town of Havana. Forget about the type of salsa festival where you are stuck in a hotel hours from the closest city... CISF takes place in the middle of the city, historic salons, colonial hotels, museums and the street. You will feel part of this great city.

The final workshop schedule is usually published at least one month before the festival but this time we will publish it really soon.

Ritmo Cuba is a very beginner friendly festival, Beginners are more than welcome! At the festival all beginners will be able to experience the best from our international instructors, enjoy their dancing, professional and friendly approach.

At the festival each of the participants typically dance with each other, this makes sure that you get the opportunity to dance with and get to know lots of different people. Of course we always make sure that there is a good balance of men and women and we always make sure that there are Cuban dancers on hand to help if required.

Unfortunately, no, you can not. But you can transfer the ticket to another person.

Cuba has direct flights from a number of capitals in Europe including France (Air France), Amsterdam (KLM), Moscow (Aeroflot), London (Virgin), Rome (Blue Panorama), Spain (Air Europa and Iberia). Travellers from Asia or the pacific may prefer to travel through the US and through a connecting country in Panama (COPA) or direct flights from Miami to Havana with charters companies such as Cuba Travel Services, ABC, Marazul, Gulfstream among others or through Mexico (AeroMexico and Interjet).

Visitors to Cuba must obtain a tourist card before travel from one of the Cuban diplomatic missions, travel agencies or authorized airlines unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or hold a valid Cuban visa. Tourist card grants maximum stay of 30 days (90 days in case of Canadian citizens) and can be extended once for the same period. Cuba requires that all arriving travelers have a Cuban Tourist Card (Visa) to enter the country. The Travel Visa is perforated in two sections one is for entering in the country. The immigration representative will keep one perforated portion and the second section will be turned in upon departure.

We offer you a package that includes accommodation in particular houses near to our principal venue, Revolution Museum, located in Old Havana, historic center of the capital of Cuba.

We recommend hotels near to our venue, located in Old Havana too. These are some of them:
• Sevilla
• Parque Central
• Inglaterra
• Telégrafo
• Plaza
• Saratoga
You can find others throug tour agencies.

Yes, we are working with two agencies: Gira and Rivansis that can provide you accommodation and other kind of services you need during your visit to Cuba. Contact them through these email addresses:
Gira: ventas1@gira.co.cu
Rivansis: rivansis@enet.cu

In order to travel to Cuba you must travel under one of the 12 licensed categories. When you place your reservation through an travel agent over the phone you are required to fill out the following forms: Reservation Form, Visa Application Form, and Travel Affidavit.

OFAC has issued general licenses within the 12 categories of authorized travel for many travel-related transactions to, from, or within Cuba that previously required a specific license (i.e., an application and a case-by-case determination).

Travel-related transactions are permitted by general license for certain travel related to the following activities, subject to the criteria and conditions in each general license: family visits; official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations; journalistic activity; professional research and professional meetings; educational activities; religious activities; public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions; support for the Cuban people; humanitarian projects; activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes; exportation, importation, or transmission of information or information materials; and certain authorized export transactions.

The medical insurance will cover fees for medical procedures in Cuba needed and provided due to ailments or injuries occurring and generated while in Cuba. For example, if a passenger breaks their leg and needs medical help/ medical procedures the medical insurance covers all costs. The medical insurance will not cover previous ailments or injuries, nor trip interruption or additional cost associated with such.

The major legal currency for Cuba is the Cuban Convertible Peso, CUC. It’s what you exchange your foreign currency for and make all your purchases with in Cuba. Most tourists will only ever deal with CUC. For international exchange purposes 1.00 Cuban Convertible Peso = $1.00 USD. Note that there is a 13% penalty charged when exchanging USA dollars cash, so, you will only receive 87 centavos CUC for one USA dollar when changing the money, allowing for the 13% interest.

The second legal currency in Cuba is the Cuban Peso, CUP, which is rarely used by the vast majority of tourists, but it’s still something you should know about as it is perfectly legal for tourists to use.

The current fee for exchanging is 13%, i.e. for 100 USD you will get 87 CUC. The fee is the same no matter where you exchange your currency. You will need your passport to exchange money. In Cuba, they will not accept bills that are torn or written on when exchanging into CUC.

When exchanging money into CUC, try to get small denominations to make purchases easier, as many places (little stores, bars and restaurants do not always have the possibility to break down larger notes for you).

You can exchange money at the airport, some hotels, change houses (CADECA) or banks. We suggest that you do not use Travelers Checks because they are not insured and may not be accepted. Therefore it is essential to travel with enough cash during your entire stay in Cuba.

It is advisable to bring cash in order to make any purchases in Cuba or pay for most services. Most places will not take USD or EURO, so you must exchange currency upon arriving. Traveler’s Checks may also be difficult to cash while in Cuba.

Upon arrival to Cuba, you will make your way to immigration with your visa and passport. Be prepared for questions they may ask, and a photo will be taken during the check-in process. You will then turn in your customs and health form to an official.

Official’s typical questions:
• How many days are you planning to stay?
• Where are you staying?
• Are you traveling alone?
• This is you first time visiting the country?

Though Cuba is generally a very safe place to travel (more than other parts of the world), it is always best to watch your belongings and beware of pick-pockets and purse snatchers. Leave expensive jewelry in the safe and only carry what you need for that day.

It is advisable to leave valuables, including passports in the safe. A copy of the passport should suffice for ID purposes. You will however need your passport for exchanging of currency.

It is best to drink bottled water while in Cuba. You will find that both still and sparkling water are available. Water is purified in the hotels and restaurants, and it is ok to drink beverages with ice wherever we take you on the tour. It is also not necessary to use bottled water to brush your teeth, as the tap water has also been purified. Salads and fruits are also acceptable to eat at all included or recommended restaurants.

Wi-Fi is not available throughout Cuba except at some hotels. Most hotels also have a business center with computer, with limited hours, where internet service is available. There are now certain Wi-Fi hot spots throughout public areas in Cuban cities where a card can be purchase for access, 2 CUC per hour.

Generally, your cell phone, texting and smart phone-based Internet will not work in Cuba. Any phone calls may be placed from your guest room in each hotel. Inquire about rates before placing calls, as they are generally very expensive and must be paid for in cash. Also, please note that satellite phones are not allowed in Cuba.

It’s not going to get cold in Cuba, no matter what time of year one may travel, so pack light clothes.

It is necessary to have an adaptor that fits into American sockets. The electric outlets use two to three prongs and have a 110-volt current. Some hotels and resorts may have European sockets and 220 volts and even though this is quite rare, it’s worth checking with the hotel before getting there. Make sure to be not only equipped with an adaptor but to also pack a voltaje converter too, just in case. These aren’t easy to come by in Cuba so it’s better to be prepared before getting there.

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