GHOSTour to Cuba: The Forbidden Tour
Explore Haunted Cuba One Week May 15-21 2017
GHOSTour will introduce guests to the "forbidden city" and its secret "other world." Participants will walk through the shadowy, cobblestone streets and narrow lanes of this Grande Dame of the Caribbean and explore its most haunted places: the Cathedral, the Waterfront, the Battlements, the Bunkers, the Cemeteries, the Theaters, the Cathedrals, the Plantations and all the locals where famed writer Ernest Hemingway imbibed spirits.
Christopher Columbus' bones are said to rest in Havana. Does his restless spirit wander its streets? You will find out. Havana conjures up many images of its illustrious past -piracy, the Spanish Maine, its sordid slave trade, the Hollywood movie stars, the glamor of Café Society and even the Mob in the 1940s and 1950s. Its physical heritage is Spanish and its spiritual foundation is with the Indians that came before. This combining is reflected in her full name - San Cristobal de la Habana. It combines San Cristóbal, the city's patron saint, with Habana, a name of mysterious origins that is said to be the name of the daughter of a major chieftain, Habaguanex, who controlled the area. Is it her spirit that gives Havana her grace and beauty? The guides will reveal her story. The Spanish monarchy gave the city the designation "Key to the New World and defender of the West Indies." A daunting name and responsibility for any political entity. It is here, in late summers, that the Spanish treasure ships gathered from around the Americas to sail as a convoy to the Old World, with Cuba as the hub of trade. During this time the island suffered regular attacks by buccaneers, pirates, and French corsairs looking for booty, and perhaps some other form of booty (chicas). The first attack and burning of the city was by the French corsair Jacques de Sores. He took the city with only two ships. He plundered the city and murdered 30 elders and imprisoned blacks. He left without obtaining the enormous wealth that he was hoping to. Are the spirits of the prisoners still there be moaning their odd fate at the hands of a stranger? Are the ghosts of the pirates on or off the shore? Are the ghosts of the Spanish Colonial Guards still riding the streets at night to protect the citizens of this fabled city?
Learn about Santeria, the slaves, the four hundred tortured souls said to have been killed at the Fort by Castro, and so many more legends and true-life haunting.
For many Americans it is the 1950s where Cuba is frozen in time and space, like an old Twilight Zone episode. It was the time before Castro's revolution, a time when the mob nested in Havana. Names like Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano hob-nobbed with the Hollywood elite: Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Marlene Dietrich and others. Their memories, if not their spirits, still haunt this fabled city.
Great old buildings like the Convent of St Augustin, El Morro Castle, the chapel of the Humilladero, the fountain of Doroteade la Luna in La Chorrera, the Church of the Holy Angel, the hospital of San Lazaro, the monastery of Santa Teresa and the Convent of San Felipe Neri keep Cuba steeped in paranormal tradition and rich in spirits. Ghosts of slaves and prisoners and nuns and pirates and so many others abound from Havana of years gone by- and of the spirit-rich nights of the here & now.
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