is culture and travel organization with headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area and Havana. Founded in 2001, our group provides personalized travel and lodging solutions with a focus on Cuba.
Our Hosted In Havana
programs are designed for travelers seeking an intimate and personalized experience of Cuba, and who want the most enriching experience possible by taking advantage of our expertise, local knowledge, and superlative travel services.
WHAT SETS US APART
• We Speak American
While we welcome people from all over the world, our travel group largely helps folks from the US with their Cuba travel. Our founder and director is from California.
• Small Is Better
We won't do group travel. We are a small "boutique" travel organization offering private group experiences and services. Small, intimate, and inclusive is our operating concept.
• Based In Cuba
Unlike many other travel groups we are home-based in Cuba. We live and work on the Island with the advantage of having excellent control over our operations and amazing access to all the travel professionals we work with.
• Focus On Havana
Most Cuba travel groups tour all over the country. While we can arrange country wide tours, what we know best and can manage superbly is travel in and around the city of Havana. Havana is the old world and modern world all in one. With only 5-10 days of travel time, most travelers can get a fabulous experience of Cuba in Havana while also doing day trips outside the city.
• Our Tours, Activities, Contacts Are Unmatched
While we offer many of the traditional Havana tours and day trips, our specialized tours. activities, experiences, and classes are unique
in the variety of options and access to the passionate Havana professionals we put you together with.
In all of our work we strive to preserve and promote "La Cubania
". That special Cuban world view that affirms:
• pluralism in everything
• people come first
• life and art are not separated
• doing more with less
• honoring our roots
Where does the name Boogalu come from ?
Boogaloo or bogalú is a fusion of Afro-American soul music and Latin music that was invented as a cross over style to engage the music-dance communities in New York in the 1970's. We named the company Boogalu (mix of the two spellings) Productions to honor this rich tradition in the Americas of blending cultural expressions.
Alexander is very gracious and bright young man. An intellectual and aspiring PhD candidate, he got his masters degree at the University of Havana in sociology as well as doing studies in Buenos Aires. Alex is highly knowledgable about the arts, music, history, and the best jazz clubs in Havana. He is also a superb cook. His specialty outdoor barbecue.
- Host-Guide Extraordinaire
Yaisel in one word... effervescent. She majored in language studies at the University of Havana and has been a professional guide for several years. Her passion is learning, studying, and absorbing all things related to Cuban society, culture, and life. Yaisel has a calm and engaging personality and will delight you with her mastery of the art of tour-guide.