Starting at the Prado and Malecón, we will begin discovering the history of Spanish rule in Cuba. We will visit the main fortresses and buildings that today mark the pride of our people for all their fighting to get rid of a ruler who wanted to crush our will, but couldn’t. We will learn other details of the city back when it was conquered by those who wanted to rule the New World. Let’s find out together who they were. We'll end at the castle built by Spain to defend the city after the English tried to take over Havana. This is where we will witness El Cañonazo de las 9—the ceremonial cannon shot that occurs at 9 PM every evening to mark the traditional closing of the city gates.
We are taught as kids to love our history and to be proud of it. Cuba’s history is a long line of fighting against our conquerors, and Spain was the country that kept us slaves for the longest. This tradition we have today in the City of Havana is a reminder of our will and our decision to be free or dying trying. As a Cuban, I am proud of our determination to remain a free country and to keep fighting for our future.
Transport not included Please bring cash to pay your taxi from San Carlos de la Cabaña to Havana.
We will start in what is known today as Centro Habana—Central Havana—the outside city that the Spanish started building shortly before losing the country. We will go to the inside city, known today as Habana Vieja—the original city of San Cristobal de La Habana—and end up in the castle built by Spain to defend the city.
Bring your camera to take pictures of the view and the event. Don´t forget to bring cash for the taxi back home and for the tickets for the ceremony. The tickets are 8cuc/p.