PRESERVATION OF TRADITION

EYE ON THE FUTURE

ABOUT HABANICO

LUXURY CUBA TRAVEL

It’s no secret that customized travel to Cuba is challenging. Combining our on the ground personnel in Cuba with a New York based advisor team, Habaníco creates absolutely seamless, one of a kind trips, from start to finish. Our deep connections and first hand relationships enable us to design completely individualized experiences with incomparable insider access.

We can have you diving the crystal clear waters of Jardines de la Reina, skipping the lines at Havana’s hottest nightlife, exploring the iconic maze of Camagüey’s UNESCO streets, and clinking glasses with the art world’s influencers at intimate dinner parties. We go the extra mile to build the perfect experience that will make your time in the Pearl of the Antilles unforgettable and life changing.

OUR PURPOSE

PRESERVATION OF TRADITION

RESPONSIBILITY TO THE PRESENT

EYE ON THE FUTURE

Rather than just ‘see it before it changes’, we welcome you to witness the change. Be a part of it. With Habaníco your visit will enrich the livelihoods of those in Cuba. Through our unrivaled access to Cuban innovators, we provide a symbiotic relationship for our clients and locals alike: be inspired by those who bravely accomplish so much locally, and create a movement within Cuba by empowering their purpose.  Our goal is to create a sustainable counterpart to the rapidly changing pace of tourism though truly unique experiences. We provide elite exposure to local initiatives that are crucial to the future of Cuba.

HABANICO

N E W Y O R K AND H A B A N A

ANDRES LEVIN

FOUNDER

Andres Levin is the founder of Habaníco travel.  A self-described global resident, Andres was born in Caracas to Argentine parents.  By age seven his family relocated to North Carolina, where Andres learned for his love of music. After education at Julliard, he eventually found himself in the studio with Nile Rodgers, and would venture into a career recording with such greats as John Legend, Mark Anthony, David Byrne, Caetano Veloso and Chaka Kahn.

By the late 1990s Andres and his wife CuCu Diamantes founded Yerba Buena, a 14 piece Afro-Cuban ensemble that would receive a Grammy nomination.  Yerba Buena took Andres on a seven year run of frenetic world touring- throughout Latin America, Africa, and Europe – but it was in 1999 that he first set foot in Cuba and truly fell in love.

After a decade of traveling back and forth to the island , Andres and CuCu made the extremely bold endeavor to participate in Concierto de Paz Sin Fronteras, courageously set in Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución.  At more than 1.5 million attendees, Paz Sin Fronteras remains the second largest concert in world history.  From there the duo hit the road, traveling the lengths of Cuba while filming the experience.

In 2014 Andres assembled the first TedxHabana, a platform to bridge American and Cuban entrepreneurial innovation.  Thanks to its tremendous impact, TedxHabana is one of the most anticipated annual events and employs hundreds of locals and hosts thousands of attendees.  For Andres, the TedxHabana experience gave him a greater sense of what matters for Cubans and what is impactful for Americans.

After 17 Grammy nominations, including one win for his production of In The Heights, four Cuban films, contributions to Red Hot Cuba, and the launch of multiple nonprofits, Andres set forth into new frontier.  His contacts from the music, film and intellectual realms had been looking to Andres to curate their personal and professional trips to Cuba.  Before he knew it, he was connecting individuals to unique experiences and Cuban hospitality.  Andres was serving as more than a producer of the arts; he is a producer of genuine life experiences.  And from this, his travel concept was born.