Hola, I am Julio Montero, your personal trip organizer.

Every traveller begins their journey to Cuba with a one-on-one conversation with me. This will help me answer your questions and make sure 7 Days in Cuba is the right experience for you.

Contact Julio Montero

If you’re seriously interested in joining a trip (meaning you have the time, the funds and the will, but you just need more information), the first step is to have a chat. I’ll be happy to address all your questions.  As you can see, this is a highly personalized experience, where human rapport and commication is a top priority.  Send me a message and we’ll arrange a personal/phone conversation or online meeting.

FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions.

Yes, this would be considered a customized experience. We can keep the same schedule of activities as the regular 7 days in Havana or Santiago, or even create a whole new trip catered to your interests and preferences. The cost of arranging this will vary depending primarily on the number of participants.

You’re not required to pay anything in advance, but to secure your spot in a trip, you do have to provide proof of commitment in the form of a plane ticket purchase.

I have to admit that, for as much as I love children, many of the activities involved in these trips are not suitable for them. Children could be welcome in the case of a customized trip, though.

Depending on what trip you’ll be doing, I will be providing you with detailed information on budget and travel tips. Since most of your expenses will be covered by the trip package, the extra amount you’ll need to bring will be small.

About me

10+ years promoting Cuban culture

I organized my first trips to Cuba with dance students in December of 2009. Today, 10 years later, I combine all the different skills I’ve acquired from international traveling, event organizing, teaching, cultural studies and my continued connection with the beautiful Caribbean island to deliver 7 Days in Cuba, a boutique cultural tourism experience based on what I’ve found to make Cuba special and different from the 40 countries I have visited so far.

Organically grown in Cuba

I’m a Cuban-born dance instructor and cultural promoter with an in-depth knowledge of Cuban Salsa, which is actually called “Casino” in my native island.

You can find information about my dance classes and special events here.

I was born into a joyful family of people completely obsessed with music and dance. I grew up in the historic city of Santiago de Cuba, motherland to the very roots of Cuba’s most distinctive musical exports, and I lived in neighbourhoods renowned for their strong traditions of Conga, Son, and Afro-Haitian rhythms.

At the age of 24 I moved to Canada, where I continued to pursue post-secondary studies in anthropology, sociology and languages, eventually obtaining a double major from the University of British Columbia. I don’t have formal dance training in Casino because that doesn’t really exist. In Cuba, you don’t go to dance school to learn it. I dance like every other empirical Cuban dancer, and that’s the best role model I could be for anyone who wants to dance Casino like ordinary Cubans do. That being said, in my methodology I incorporate the skills acquired during four years at the Universidad de Ciencias Pedagógicas “Frank País” in Santiago de Cuba, where I studied to become an English teacher before moving abroad. I have dedicated a blog to traditional casino dancing and I am currently creating an online course to teach you how to dance, coming soon in 2019!

I love reading, dancing, World Music, international cuisine, languages, friendships and warm weather.

Collaborating with many Cuban artists

As a cultural promoter, I have had the immense fortune of working with some of the biggest names of Cuban music such as Havana D’ Primera, Descemer Bueno, Charanga Habanera, Buena Fe, Maykel Blanco, Azucar Negra, Timbalive, the Pedrito Martínez Group and rumba powerhouse Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, to name a few. My work has also included presenting stars of the World Music genre, such as Salif Keita, Buika and Yerba Buena.

Featured work with Cuban Artists

Cuba is waiting for you!

Start packing your summer clothes, your dance shoes, your camera and get ready for a life-changing cultural experience.

Contact me today to start planning your trip

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