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Cuba Natural 10 Days Tour
SUPPORT FOR THE CUBAN PEOPLE LEGAL TOUR FOR AMERICAN CITIZENS

 

   
MAY 4 -13  2024
NOVEMBER  20 - 29  2024

Day 1  Havana

Arrival at Havana International Airport ( plan 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm arrivals) 

Collect your bags and go through customs.

You're welcomed at the airport lobby by your bilingual guide and professional  driver.

Private transfer to your Casa Particular 

Check-in with assistance from your guide 

General information briefing.

Dinner tonight will be on your own. Ask your guide for suggestions local paladar, a privately owned restaurant and a great example of Cuba’s incremental shift to a more free-market economy. We might have the opportunity to meet the owners of the Paladar. Paladar means “palate” and is named after a chain of restaurants in a Brazilian soap opera popular in Cuba.

-Rest of the afternoon evening to explore on your own and rest 

 

* Accommodation La Habana 

 

 

Day 2 Viñales Valley 

After breakfast we will depart for Viñales Valley established as a UNESCO World Heritage Site which offers a fascinating feature to our Support for the cuban people program.

Noted for its freestanding karst rock formations known as mogotes the valley is also home to many endemic species of flora and fauna.

As we meander through the breathtaking valley, we will stop at several scenic overlooks including the stunning views from the Los Jazmines Hotel.

Our day will include visiting an organic tobacco plantation and meeting local farmers of the Tobacco Planters House. We'll learn the farming techniques involved in producing organic coffee and details for harvesting wild honey.

After a typical Cuban meal at the Valle del Silencio Restaurant, we will explore the valley and visit with the local farmers a stunning cave under the karst lime stone formations called mogotes. Return to Habana around 4:00 pm.

For dinner, we'll explore one of many delicious paladares.

We will have the opportunity to meet the owners of the Paladares and discuss about the changes and their goals as new business entrepreneurs. Paladar means “palate” and is named after a chain of restaurants in a Brazilian soap opera popular in Cuba. Tonight we will walk a short distance to the colorful Malecón waterfront of Habana and enjoy exploring the rich culture of Urban Cuba

* Accommodation La Habana

Day 3 Cienfuegos

After breakfast, we'll depart for Cienfuegos known as the Pearl of the South.  As we travel through the countryside, our Cuban guides will share their unique insights into Cuba, both the challenges and benefits of life in a socialist based country.

After checking into our next Casa Particular, we will have the pleasure of meeting a local guide who will share their knowledge of Cienfuegos' stunning architecture..  Meeting a local guide offers another fantastic  opportunity for Support for the cuban people interfacing at a

UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Cienfuegos is unique in that it is the only city in Cuba founded by French colonist. 

Our day will include meeting with the Choir of Cienfuegos  and enjoy a concert followed by a night of Cuban music.

Diner at Casa Particular 

 

* Accommodation La Habana 

 

 

Day 4 Cienfuegos

Breakfast at Casa particular 

Departure to Laguna Guanaroca (Guanaroca Lagoon protected area). Walking and navigating through it, we can see one of the largest colonies of pink flamencos in Cuba that remain a long period of the year in the region. when they fly towards other areas of the island. After this amazing activity enjoy a bountiful sea food lunch by the ocean at Rancho Cristal.

afternoon to enjoy the beautiful caribbean beaches.

Diner at Restaurant Doña Nora or similar

 

*Accommodation Cienfuegos 

 

Day 5 Trinidad

After breakfast, we'll transfer to the cultural world heritage site, Villa de la Santisima Trinidad founded by Diego Velazquez in 1514. En route to this fantastic Historical destination, we will explore a magnificent cave system and swim in the refreshing waters of the Caribbean. 

Cuba is dedicated to protecting its rich and varied terrestrial and marine resources. Relatively slow coastal development, the use of organic farming techniques and the practice of small scale fisheries has helped protect the integrity of Cuba's coral reefs. We are excited to share this with you!

Upon arrival to Trinidad we will explore it's cobblestone side streets led by a local historian and embrace the sounds of salsa music echoing through the central park.

*Accommodation Trinidad

 

 

Day 6 Trinidad 

 

 

Today we will get an early start to hike along the stunning Guamuahuaya River in El Cubano Park.

Birding is excellent along the trail which ends at a spectacular waterfall, el salto de Javira. 

An exhilarating swim in natural pools and exploration of a magnificent cave awaits you!

We'll return to Trinidad with a tour of the city before dinner and salsa dancing lessons included! at Plaza Mayor. (Trinidad’s main square)

*Accommodation Trinidad

 

 

 

Day 7 Playa Giron - Playa Larga

 

Today, we'll travel towards the country's southern coast to the area known as The Bay of Pigs. We will stop in the town of Playa Giron to visit the museum of the Bay of Pigs ( locally known as The Playa Giron museum) focusing in the Bay of Pigs invasion by cuban mercenaries in 1961. After hour 30 minutes visit to the museum we will drive 10 more minutes where we will snorkel at the fabulous diving area known as Punta Perdíz. We'll snorkel over  coral reefs which have not felt the impact of mass tourism or fisheries as much of the Caribbean has. Schools of colorful reef fish, snappers and jacks will be viewed as we interpret  fish behavior and the ecology of coral reefs.

Certified divers may have an opportunity to arrange a scuba dive on this day (not included in our package). After a relaxing typical lunch at Punta Perdiz, we'll continue along the southwestern side of Bay of Pigs in the Zapata Peninsula.

Tonight we will meet with the Frank Medina, Director of Zapata National Park as part of our Support for the Cuban People Exchange program. He'll discuss conservation issues facing Cuba such as the re-introduction of the endemic Cuban crocodile and programs to eradicate invasive species.

Our destination tonight is Playa Larga where we can relax on a beautiful stretch of beach near 

*Accommodation Playa Larga

 

Day 8 Zapata National Park - Playa Larga

 

Before leaving Playa Larga, a must do is visiting Bernabe's House in Palpite Cienega de Zapata.

The exotic lush tropical flora dotting Bernabe's backyard provides a kaleidoscope of colors where the world's smallest bird, the bee hummingbird resides, an endemic bird of Cuba.

 Our destination today is  Sendero el enigma de las rocas an area that supports the largest insular humid marsh in the entire Caribbean basin. Our morning will be active as we hike and swim at ancient cenotes passing through several forested areas.

 After lunch, we'll head to La cueva de los peces beach for another guided snorkeling trip.

The water that  surrounds this rich natural region is home to 4 of the planet's 8 sea turtles.

We hope to catch a glimpse of these elusive reptiles while we are exploring the underwater world.

Return to our accommodations at Playa Larga followed by dinner and local music.

*Accommodation Playa Larga

Day 9 La Habana

Today, we'll return to the beautiful and historical city of Habana. We hope to meet with a local guide

While exploring Habana, we will gain invaluable insight into an integral component of our Support for the cuban people program.

Habana was founded in 1515 by conquistador Diego Velazquez as a trading port.

It became the capital of the Spanish Colony of Cuba in 1607.

Our day will include meandering through the picturesque streets and squares of Habana's Historical Centre, also declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Highlights of our Habana Cultural Adventure will include:

A  fascinating interpretive tour of Finca Vigía , the former home of Ernest Hemingway from 1939 to 1960.

Plaza de la Cathedral (Cathedral Square), named after the masterpiece of Cuban baroque architecture: the Cathedral de San Cristóbal de La Habana built by the Jesuit order.

The Cathedral's baroque facade is simultaneously intimate and imposing, and one of the two towers is visibly larger, creating a pleasing asymmetry.

As with many churches in the city, the building material of Habana Cathedral includes coral, cut and hauled from the edge of the sea by slaves.

Look carefully and you'll see fossils of marine flora and fauna in the stone of the cathedral.

Plaza de Armas (Square of Arms), ancient military parade ground for Spanish soldiers and surrounded by impressive buildings such as: Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, the former official residence of the governors (Captains General) of Habana, Cuba. It is home to the Museum of the City of Habana. It houses exhibitions of art and historical artifacts and many of the rooms are preserved with their original Colonial decoration.

Palacio del Segundo Cabo (Palace of the Second Lieutenant) dates from 1770, the seat of the second authority of the island. Today it houses important publishing concerns. Castillo de la Real Fuerza. The second oldest fortress built by the Spaniards in the West Indies. The castle was recently renovated and reopened in June 2008 to hold the impressive maritime museum. Well laid out exhibits a chart of Spain and Cuba's naval history.

Plaza de San Francisco de Asís (San Francisco Square), named after the Convent of San Francisco, this square was conceived in 1628, with the objective of supplying water to the ships trading with the metropolis.

For many years it also served to stockpile the goods arriving from the harbor. Chronicles of the time say that the square had a busy commercial life. The people, in humble carts or afoot, sold and bought a variety of goods. It’s important to know that through this place the Spanish immigrants arrived to Cuba. Plaza Vieja (Old Square), the only civic square of colonial times. Notice it doesn't have a church or government building and is in contrast surrounded by opulent aristocratic 17th century residences. Here we will visit important institutions for visual arts.

Visit to the famous Handicraft Market of Old Habana and meet local Cuban artists. The market is located inside the Almacenes de Depósito San José, an old warehouse on the harbor side.

 

This afternoon you'll have time to explore Habana on your own before we meet for our farewell dinner together. 

 

* Accommodation La Habana 

 

Day 10

After our final breakfast together and cup of warm Cuban coffee, we will transfer to the airport to catch out flights home. Thank you / Muchas gracias!!!

The Program includes:

* Meet and greet at Havana International Airport

* All Meals Starting at breakfast day 2 and until breakfast day 10

* Transfers Airport/Hotel/Airport.

* 9 Accommodation nights.

* Attractions and sightseeing fees as per itinerary.

* All transportation in air conditioned Van.

* English speaking guide.

* Local Representative.

 

Not Included:                                                                            

* Airfare Cuba. Round Trip.                                                      

* Cuban Visa Tourist Card                                 

* Personal Incidentals and Tipping

* Activities and excursions outside the above Program.

PRICE:  $3,350 USD BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT FEE 450 USD

La Habana
hike in Viñales Valley
Cienfuegos Bay
Guanaroca Lagoon
Trinidad.jpg
Guajimico
Bay of Pigs - Playa Larga
musicos
Classic convertible cars tour in Havana
La Habana Malecón

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

CASAS PARTICULARES

Cuban B&B

 

Staying in a casa particular is undoubtedly one of the best ways to experience authentic Cuban life, immerse yourself in its vibrant culture, and enjoy the warmth of its people. After years of organizing trips to Cuba, we have developed a network of top-quality casas particulares, featuring excellent service and comfortable rooms with private bathrooms that meet the highest standards.
 

Casa colonial 1930
Casa colonial año 1923
Casa Enrique Playa Larga
Casa Particular
Modern B&B Havana
Casa Particular Nuvia
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