In 2017, charcoal became the first legal, Cuban export to America in five decades. Meet the people who make this fascinating fuel.


With gas and oil in short supply, charcoal is the inexpensive, omnipresent fuel that much of Cuba relies on for cooking. We’ll meet charcoal burners, workers who transform the Marabu tree into fuel for heating and eating.

This activity is available on our Classic Cuba Tour or can be integrated into a custom-made itinerary