Cuba Mixed Activity
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Cuba Mixed Activity (XO-AUY)
Pack your bags for an adventure of a lifetime and discover the natural beauty of a Caribbean island steeped in romance and intrigue. This new active adventure features a combination of Cuba's 'must see' sights amid a fun-packed itinerary of outdoor activities. We'll soak up the history and musical heritage of Havana and Trinidad, cycle in Vinales Valley, swim at the Bay of Pigs, hike in Topes de Collantes, and receive a warm welcome from the Cubans by staying in Casas Particulares and eating in privately-run Paladares. Variety is the name of the game - a perfect way to see the real Cuba!
Arrival Havana. Transfer to Hotel Memoris Miramar for check in and overnight.
Bike fitting, arrival briefing, city tour by bike. Stop in Jose Fuster’s Home and load bikes onto bus. Time for lunch, then long transfer to Maria La Gorda (300 km / 5 hours) Arrive in time for dinner and overnight in Hotel Maria La Gorda.
Morning transfer by bus (distance 15km) to Guanahacabibes Park entrance, meet local nature guide who will accompany us on cycle trip into Park. Cycling through the park takes us through some of the most uninhabited terrain on the island of Cuba. There’s a good chance that you willl see the smallest bird in the world – the bee hummingbird – as well as spotting some of the more common species of endemic birds such as the brilliantly coloured Tocororo, Cuba’s national bird. The Guanahacabibes peninsula is a protected area and nesting ground for turtles. After about 45km cycling and exploring the peninsula, we will load bikes on the bus and head back for Hotel Maria La Gorda. In the afternoon you can enjoy fantastic snorkelling, either from the beach or from the dive boat. Evening and overnight in Maria La Gorda.
An early start to cover the 2 hour transfer till we begin our ride. Today we take the little known road to Viñales via Guane. Very unspoilt and spectacular undulating scenery. We take a packed lunch to eat along the way and arrive in Viñales in the late afternoon. Check into Casas Particulares in Viñales. Dinner tonight in Wilfredo’s Farm. Overnight in Casas Particulares, Viñales
A day to explore Viñales Valley, world heritage site and producer of the world’s finest tobacco. Visit Cueva de Santo Tomas (included in the price). This is the biggest cave in Cuba. Basic tours are two hours and a guide is provided. Helmets and headlamps are provided, although you might want to bring a more powerful torch, if you have one. The cave is spectacular, it has 45 kilometres of galleries on eight levels. You will visit 2 or 3 of the levels. Midday back to Viñales, time for lunch and exploring the little town. Early evening walk through the valley, visiting farmers and seeing how they grow tobacco. Evening meal at leisure. We recommend you try one of the Paladar restaurants on the main drag of Viñales. Afterwards you could go to the Polo Montanez club, an open air meeting spot where locals gather to chat and dance to live music.
Set off this morning by bike, taking the backroads out of Viñales valley and past the spectacular mogotes, naturally occurring mountains which rise sheer from the valley floor. Our destination today is Cueva de los Portales, where Che Guevara had his headquarters during the Cuban Missile Crisis. We enjoy a picnic lunch there and explore the cave before getting onto the bus and heading for Las Terrazas Biosphere Reserve. On arrival, if weather permits, because if there windy or raining, do not give the service (there will be a chance to try out Cuba’s only ZipLining course! The course is over 5 lines and approximately 1 ½ kms you soar over the forest and the community getting an eagle eye view of the world. Cost per person is CUC25.) This evening we willl be spending the night in basic hut accommodation by the River San Juan. Overnight in Las Terrazas Biosphere Reserve, San Juan Huts. At night we will dinner at Tito’s Farm
Start the day with a refreshing morning swim in the Rio San Juan, then enjoy breakfast and then take the bus to the start of our trail. La Serafina Trail is relatively easy going but gives you a great introduction to the reserve. Expect to see plenty of natural flora and endemic birdlife in the area. After an early lunch we set off towards the centre of the island with a 4 hour bus transfer to Playa Larga in the Bay of Pigs. Tonight we stay in Playa Larga, where the CIA backed troops attempted a coup d’etat on Fidel Castro’s Revolutionary Government. This evening we recommend you try one of the seafood Paladar’s in the area. Overnight in Hotel Playa Larga, Playa Larga
After breakfast we head off for a morning of snorkelling. The Bay of Pigs is one of Cuba’s most spectacular snorkelling spots with a wonderful array of soft and hard corals which can be reached easily from the shore. We will both snorkel from Punta Perdiz or from Caleta Buena and have lunch there before getting back on the bus and driving a couple of hours to Trinidad, World Heritage Site and one Cuba’s most famous cities. Entering Trinidad is like stepping back in time – cobbled streets and pastel coloured houses haven’t changed at all since they were built at the peak of Trinidad’s Sugar producing years. In the early evening we willl enjoy and introductory salsa class with local teachers in a Cuban home close to your casa particular. The class will last about 1 hour and will give you the confidence to try your moves tonight! The sleepy town is a wonderfully laid back place to explore live music, handicrafts, Paladar restaurants and beautiful colonial squares. This evening we will enjoy a meal together in Trinidad. Overnight in Casas Particulares, Trinidad.
Morning drive in Russian 6 x 6 truck from Trinidad to Topes de Collantes Nature Reserve, to the starting point of the Caburní trail, which takes us to some magnificent waterfalls with a lovely swimming spot. Then continue on a steep path to visit the Vegas Grandes waterfalls where you can also enjoy a swim. Pic Nic lunch on the way. We finish the 12 km trek at El Chorrito Community where we are picked up and transfer to Trinidad. Afternoon free to relax, explore, shop or go to the beach. Ancon beach is 12 km away and a perfect Caribbean beach with white sand and calm blue waters. Evening free. Overnight in Casas Particulares, Trinidad.
Leave Trinidad after breakfast and head back to Havana, stopping for a short visit to Che’s Mausoleum on the way. Arrive in Havana early evening and check into Hotel. Free time in the evening. Overnight in Hotel Memoris Miramar.
Morning sight-seeing in Havana (Old and New) including walking tour of Old Havana. Time for lunch and exploration then transfer to airport for check in and departure.
Any airfare, train fare, travel insurance, airport taxes & visa. Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary. All items of personal nature & tips. Optional arrival and departure transfers or transfer costs to the starting point of the vacation. Entrance fees to attractions not specified in the itinerary. Extra nights at the beginning or the end of the trip. Any natural calamity which is beyond the control of the tour operator. Anything not mentioned in "Package Includes".
The above prices are per person on twin share basis. Rooms are subject to availability. Travel Insurance covering medical and evacuation expenses is mandatory for all travellers. Government Service Tax 5%. Any Increase in the rate of exchange leading to an increase in land arrangements and high season surcharge if any, will have to be borne by the client. Standard terms & conditions apply.