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What began as the dream of 2 has now become the endeavor of many. We are a team passionate about inspiring, learning, empowering, developing and creating a positive change in our lives and that of people.

We are committed to entrepreneurship as a way to achieve empowerment, develop creativity and take control of your life. We promote a lifestyle based on the connection with your own identity. We work with an ideology of inclusion and respect for the beliefs of others.

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Beyond Roots in Numbers

In 2017 we were recognized by the Airbnb platform as the experience with the greatest innovative character and social impact in Cuba

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Guests

Over 3500 guests have been hosted so far. An average of 4.96 out of 5 in more than 1300 reviews on Airbnb

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Team members

Around 52 people work directly and indirectly with us with an average age of 32 years old

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Connections

More than 60000 people have connected with our work on and off the island.

Excellent
Based on 697 reviews
Erin
Erin
20 September 2023
Verified
The experience with Beyond Roots was fantastic. I highly recommend it for those who are looking for more insight about religion thru the lens of Afro-Cubans.
Susan
Susan
13 August 2023
Verified
We met Frank, our host, at the Beyond Roots store- the meeting point for the experience. We had time to look at their unique items and plan our purchases. Frank took us on a short taxi ride to the home of the babalawo, where he gave us an introduction of the Afro Cuban religions and culture. What was great was he told us no questions were off limits, and we felt completely at ease in asking anything. Frank was so knowledgeable, gave us so much information. The cleansing ritual done by the babalawo was truly special--definitely will make you want to learn more about the religion!We had a delicious vegetarian meal and finished by experiencing the musicians and dancing for the oricha. The whole experience was beyond our expectations--highly recommend!
Adewale
Adewale
23 July 2023
Verified
Otherworldly experience! I’m so grateful for this spiritually enriching excursion. So much history and tradition. A must visit for your trip to Cuba!
Omari
Omari
20 July 2023
Verified
Good learning experience. It was an introduction to the Obeah & religious understanding of Santeria. I was able to tie together what I learned over the years with this experience, so it was very comforting to learn more and get confirmation. Overall it was a very rich and personable experience that left a great impression. Amazing vegetarian lunch along with time to enjoy some rum, listen, and dance to traditional music with live performers. The atmosphere is key and the short trip to the town of Guanabacoa brings it all together.
Karen
Karen
15 July 2023
Verified
Frank is a very well-informed guide with a grounded, warm, and approachable manner. His English is also excellent. We were received warmly in the home we visited with Frank, learned many things about Santeria and its history and observed a ritual as well as a musical performance. We also ate a delicious home-cooked meal. Our 9-year-old daughter enjoyed the experience too. Very memorable.
Justin
Justin
30 April 2023
Verified
Without a doubt, I can confidently declare that this tour in Cuba was an exceptional experience. Frank, our guide, possessed a remarkable understanding of the profound elements of Afro-Cuban history and culture. Moreover, on a personal note, Frank generously dedicated his time to us, fostering an environment where no question felt insignificant. I wholeheartedly endorse embarking on this tour and guarantee it will become the most memorable aspect of your journey to this enchanting nation.
Idalis
Idalis
30 April 2023
Verified
Man awesome is all I can say. A MUST do. The attention to detail. The gifts we received. The meal we ate. The alchool we drank. ALL GREAT !! Thanks to Frank for sharing his Afro-Cuban life with us. Best thing I did on my trip.
Ebony
Ebony
30 April 2023
Verified
Great tour. Frank was knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic. We met at Beyond Roots, took a cab to a nearby town and spent the afternoon learning about Afro Cuban religion and culture at the home of a babalow. We did a cleansing ceremony. Lunch was great (okra stew, yucca fritters, yellow rice, etc.) loved the rum, drumming and dancing. Overall great experience.
Jan-Kristòf
Jan-Kristòf
22 February 2023
Verified
Being Haitian, I grew up with the history of voodoo and the meaning in our culture. My husband is from Trinidad and the Obeah religion is embedded in his culture. We picked this excursion to learn from this and dispell some of the stigma we received from the Catholic influence we were exposed to. This was more than we expected as our host Frank delved deep into the meaning of the Afro-Cuban religions and how influential they are in the very facet of Cuban society. We also participated in a cleansing ritual from a babalawo but not the reading as it took too long. We were some amazing vegetarian lunch and had seconds and thirds. It is a lot of information so make sure to ask questions as everyone on the tour is not shy to answer all the questions.
Ivy
Ivy
18 February 2023
Verified
This experience is magical! Our guide Frank was warm, welcoming and extremely passionate about his rich history. The knowledge we learned about the Afro Cuban heritage and religion gave us an instant sense of pride and connectivity. The Beyond Roots family greeted us with open arms and that felt like family from the time we made introductions. I would highly recommend this experience for all that visit Cuba. It will open your mind and heart to the mass abilities of God, ancestors and family. You will truly walk away knowing we are more alike than different. Oh and the food was best that Cuba has to offer. Delicious and made with love! Our reading from the Babalowa was life changing. We are grateful for this beautiful moment.

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