Little Havana Experiences

Specialty, custom and private Little Havana walking tours and experiences led by expert local guide Corinna Moebius, Ph.D., co-author of A History of Little Havana.

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Marisol Blanco dances Ochun
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Little Havana Walking Tours With an Expert Local Guide:
Dr. Corinna Moebius

Take a memorable, mind-opening journey through Little Havana with the co-author of A History of Little Havana. Enter a world where magic, politics and culture intersect.

If you’re like most people planning a visit to Little Havana (in Miami, Florida), you imagine locals smoking cigars, playing Cuban dominos, and dancing to Cuban beats.

Yet there is so much more to this place.

Immerse yourself in the fascinating cultural histories of Little Havana and its Calle Ocho district. My specialty, custom and private Little Havana walking tours weave together cultural heritage, history, magic, music and even ecological aspects of the famous neighborhood.

These private, custom walking tours of Little Havana are more than just an introduction to this place. They inspire Aha! moments that will stay with you long afterwards. And they cultivate a deeper awareness of place, people and planet.

Guests on my walking tours have included world and grassroots leaders, CEOs, professional and student groups, families, scholars, journalists, and more.

I am also an expert on inclusive and regenerative tourism and all my tours align with U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and other principles of ethical and responsible tourism.

As Mentioned By:

The New York Times
National Geographic Traveler
Tina Bucavales

This was by far one of the best tours I have ever been on.

Although I have been familiar with Calle Ocho and Little Havana for a couple decades, Corinna was able to provide a great deal of new information that would be available only to a resident and someone who lived with the local culture daily.

She did so in a way that was not only interesting and vivacious, but was able to explain things to participants at a variety of different levels.

And it was clear that she was liked and respected in the neighborhood.

Tina Bucavales
Director, Florida Cultural Resources, Inc. (Former Director of the Florida Folklife Program of the Florida Department of State)

Vivian Rueda

My husband and I have been able to indulge in a great deal of travel and in those travels we’ve met some amazing tour guides.

These are people who live and breathe the essence of their cities and neighborhoods. Corinna is such an individual.

If you have ever been curious about Little Havana … or if you are just visiting, Corinna is your best bet to truly understand the heartbeat of this community.

Highly, highly recommend her tours!

Vivian Rueda
Chief Marketing Officer, United DermPartners

Why Hire Dr. Corinna Moebius as Your Little Havana Guide?

Little Havana walking tour with Dr. Corinna Moebius

Specialty Tours & Custom Private Walking Tours of Little Havana

Do you want a Little Havana tour led by a true local expert on Little Havana’s (and Cuban) history, cultural practices, etc.? I don’t use a script. With me, you’ll learn from someone whose knowledge is based on first-hand experience as a Little Havana civic leader, years of research in archives like the Cuban Heritage Collection (where I was awarded a Graduate Fellowship), and interviews with more than fifty Little Havana influencers. I wrote a book about the history of Little Havana and am working on my second book about the neighborhood. If you want quality tour guiding, contact me.

Conga on Calle Ocho

No "Single Stories"

Perhaps you–like me–don’t want to settle for a “single story” about people and place. I share the facts and intriguing stories that are too often silenced, forgotten or overlooked.

My clients don’t want to hear stereotypes. They want to build knowledge and understanding.

That’s why I strive to expand awareness of the complexity, creativity and interconnectedness of communities past and present, near and far.

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Sustainable & Regenerative Tourism

My tours abide by guiding principles of care for people, place and planet.

I offer tours in a way that contributes to my local community instead of exploiting and negatively impacting local residents, businesses or the environment.

In addition, I am active as a champion of a more equitable, diverse and sustainable tourism industry, in Miami and beyond.

Corinna Moebius

Your Little Havana Guide

No scripts needed. Questions welcomed.

My name is Corinna Moebius, Ph.D., the owner of TerraViva Journeys and your guide for these Little Havana tours. I’m a local cultural anthropologist-geographer and symbolic urbanist who has devoted more than a decade to the study of this storied neighborhood. Since 2006, I’ve led cultural heritage walking tours of Little Havana!

While I’ve already co-authored A History of Little Havana, I’m currently finishing my own book on the history and politics of the neighborhood’s Calle Ocho heritage district. My book and my tours are based on a decade of fieldwork, more than 50 interviews, and extensive archival research.

Local newspaper Calle Ocho News named me a “Community Champion” due to my civic leadership, because I want to do right by fellow residents, not just visitors or people who take my tours. I’ve also led Little Havana’s monthly arts and culture festival. When you take a tour with me, know that you’re with someone who cares deeply about this place and the people who live here.

“Little Havana: National Treasure”

What is Little Havana?

Little Havana is one of the most famous neighborhoods in the world, designated a U.S. “National Treasure” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Sometimes nicknamed the “Latino Ellis Island,” it’s the place where you’ll hear the “Cuban American success story” repeated over and over again.

Yet have you ever wondered how a single neighborhood became such a powerful symbol, nationally and even internationally? Have you ever asked yourself why?

I shed light on the stories that you haven’t already heard.

Experience secret Little Havana. The symbols. The magic.