Originally from Santiago de Cuba and now calling Havana home, DJ Jigüe is on a mission to not only preserve but evolve AfroCuban music and culture through Cuba’s first independent AfroCuban music label.
Take a visual journey exploring the depths of Havana through this one-minute-long montage of footage documenting the electric vibe of this intoxicating city. Shot and edited in collaboration with Ottawa-based Zara Ansar.
Let yourself be moved, inspired and transported to the heat and vibrant beat of Cuba through an audio escape. Spotify playlist curated by our founder and inspired by new and old sounds coming out of Cuba.
If you want to go to Cuba "before it changes" you're already too late. Here's our insider guide on how to be part of the exciting change as it happens and experience the very best of this vibrant and culturally rich city.
We celebrated the launch of our website and experiential travel brand by throwing a party and hurricane recovery fundraiser in Ottawa that played off of our overall travel philosophy of embracing the unknown.
To celebrate the launch of Comuna Travel, we're throwing a (secret) party in Ottawa.
LOVE NOTES FROM OUR TRAVELLERS
“This journey was immersive, educational, and so fun! You can expect a 5 star cultural experience that is eye opening, sometimes a little challenging, but SO rewarding. Ultimately, I left this experience with a different outlook on the world.”
Taylor Fox, Canada
“This trip allowed me to access events and meet people I would never have been able to normally. It was the most enriching and enjoyable experience. I can’t wait to travel with Comuna again and highly recommend you give one of their trips a try if you like to dig a bit deeper and get closer to the real culture and people in the country you are visiting.”
Ferial Shah, United Kingdom
“What a crazy, vibrant, incredible place Mexico City was! We truly loved our experience here with Comuna. Ioana has such a deep appreciation for meaningful cultural exchanges, traditions and altering our perception of places and what we’re taught to think of them. Thank you for the beautiful cultural connection, experience and education.”
Kelley Mullarkey & Sean Stillmaker (Majestic Disorder Magazine), United Kingdom
Mexico City Participants
“I want to give you a huge thank you for everything… I was definitely left with an experience I'll never forget. I truly believe that every travel experience has millions of takeaways, and I walked away with so much to think about and so much personal growth. Thank you again!”
Pamela del Valle, United States
"This trip was so incredible that it left me with an afterglow months after returning. I loved every minute of my time in Havana and Viñales. The people were so open and welcoming. My eyes and ears overwhelmed with beauty. Comuna Travel did an amazing job organizing it all. There was zero stress leading up to the trip, with a very clear itinerary and instructions on what we should bring and how we should prepare. When we got there it was also no stress. Ioana led our crew of happy travellers between well curated experiences, always facilitated by experienced and lovely locals. Great food. Great balance between exciting new experiences and low-key relaxing moments. So many memories and several new friends. Highly recommend!”
Jason Redmond, Canada
"I’ve always found that the best travel, the most memorable trips, are conceived of moments learning from locals. What Ioana has created with Comuna Travel mimics this sentiment 10 fold. Days are filled with authentic and engaging experiences with locals who are so eager to tell you about their craft and show you a Cuba that is close to their heart. Though I’ve always shied away from planned activities in the past, worried about being another tourist herded from one activity to the next with no time to savour the moment, Comuna opened my eyes to a whole new way of travelling. The connections Ioana has built allowed us to feel a part of the community and opened our eyes to an entirely different side of Cuba. I never had to look at a map, spend time searching for great restaurants or worry about logistics. Comuna had everything covered and took out all of the guesswork of travel, allowing for pure exploration and inspiration to evolve. I felt safe, I felt inspired, I felt ready to book again!"
Kait Labatte, Canada
"Travelling through Cuba with Comuna was an unforgettable experience that had a profound impact on my life and person. I am so thankful to have seen Cuba through the eyes of Comuna, as the perspective, insight and knowledge that they offered was invaluable and essential to experiencing Cuba beyond the surface level. Comuna offers a way of traveling that I feel is imperative to building a more harmonious world and creating deeper cross-cultural relationships. Thank you, Ioana, for gifting me with one of the best adventures of my life. If you want to travel to Cuba, you must go with Comuna."