Cuba has a very unique environment. In the last few months, Cuba has seen an exceptional increase in the number of people looking to travel to the country. After decades of US sanctions, Cuba’s infrastructure is very limited and struggling under this demand. Despite this, Cuba is a wonderful country offering an enchanting mix of culture, colour, architecture and landscapes.
Its past challenges make it a place which is fast transforming and each day brings new changes. In order to make the most of Cuba, we provide an online guide which aims to manage expectations before customers book a tour.
We also use a mixture of private minibuses and public buses. Using local transport is another way in which we support local community and has the additional benefit of bringing down the environmental impact of travellers to this area by reducing the amount of vehicles on the road.
Carbon Offset Scheme:
Working in partnership with international conservation charity World Land Trust in our continuing quest to establish and maintain our position as a leader in responsible travel, we are offering a new way for our travellers to make a real contribution to the health of the planet - the Carbon Offset Scheme. When you book your tour with us you will be able to offset a portion of your share of the carbon emissions created while you are on your tour. We will calculate what clients have donated, and donate an additional 10% of the total to World Land Trust. Your contributions will be made directly to World Land Trust and we will not receive any direct financial benefit or commission from these donations.
By staying mainly with local families, we ensure money goes back to local people and we avoid using government hotels wherever possible. This supports local communities, individual business owners and provides travellers with the unique opportunity to experience a Cuban home-stay and get a genuine up-close cultural experience.
The families at the home stay will often cook local cuisine for the passengers and will speak in Spanish so they can practice the language. Our tours promote understanding and provide a meeting of cultures between foreign travellers and local Cubans, which helps to break down barriers and stereotypes between nationalities.
Throughout the tour we embrace local cuisine and encourage travellers to eat in local eateries and try new locally sourced culinary delights. Visits to the countryside offer insight into how much of what is eaten is grown locally and provides income to farmers and rural communities.
In Baracoa we have the option of visiting a cocao farm where the process of making chocolate is explained. Here, passengers have the option to purchase some giving directly back to the local business.