Cuba is one of the last remaining socialist economies and has been ruled by the Communist Party under Fidel Castro and now his brother Raul for more than 50 years. This government arose by a real revolution, which was supported by a broad popular movement. That's what perhaps shows, forms ??? the myth of Cuba, because the face of the revolutionist Ernesto Guevara, called Che, is not only in Cuba a popular image on all sorts of different things.
Havana is one of the Caribbean's most beautiful cities and is known as the Pearl of the Caribbean. The historic old town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Cuban government is trying to maintain and to renovate the city center and offers therefore one of the most beautiful old towns in the colonial style of America. The most important districts of Habana are Vieja (Old Town), Vedado, Miramar, Central Havana and the Malecon.
Havana is a tropical beauty, combining the best of Spain, Africa and the Antilles.
Havana is a true open-air museum with a pulsating life on the streets. Architecturally it gets your money worth and you can feel nostalgia at lookint at all the old American road cruisers and listening to the music of the numerous salsa bands in the restaurant sounding through the streets of Havana.
In Cuba are still many civil and political rights, especially freedom of speech, press, freedom of assembly and movement, severely restricted. Many police officers on the streets and the government's monitoring system should prevent expressed dissatisfaction and criticism on the system.
Social rights, however, are very well implemented. Education and medical care are free. By the end of January 2006 Cuba received a certificate from the UN World Food Programm, attesting that Cuba is the only country in Latin America and the Caribbean without malnourished children. Cuba is also a safe country for travelling.
In Cuba exists a kind of ration card system, called Libreta, allowing the purchase of subsidized rationed goods, mainly food, sufficient only about 10 to 14 days in a month. The rest of the daily needs has to be bought on the market or even in hard-currency shops, which very difficult on an average income of about 15 € per month .
Many daily goods and certainly almost all of the higher-value products, such as electronic equipment, are available only for Convertible Peso (CUC) which is tied to the U.S. Dollar. Cubans who don't have any relatives abroad to support them regularly with money,, can't hardly afford it.
Over the years, Cubans have learned an astonishing way to arrange with the living conditions and to organize their lives. You really have to wonder about their talent for improvisation, and that they keep their prideand radiate an often enviable vitality and warmth despite of all adverse circumstances
The increasing number of tourists since 1990 allows them incidental earnings in the large towns . It can happen that one is chauffeured in a taxi by a doctor or a lawyer, as there is to earn more money through the tip, as by the meager basic income.
baila habana is an agency based in Germany, which enables experienced and well trained dancers in Havana to earn their livelihood in a fair manner according to their learned profession. With liberalisation of restrictions in the field of self-employment, many Cubans are now trying to stand on their own feet. We support them with our experience.
We ask you to respect that we have instructed our dancers not to go out with any of the clients outside the booked dancing lessons. This is for the safety of our team.