Cuba highlights holiday

“A tailor made week in Cuba, from Havana to heavenly Hemingway territory. I thought it would be impossible to experience some real Cuba in a week, but these guys proved me wrong. ”

Highlights

Havana | Viñales | Cayo Levisa Island

Description of Cuba highlights holiday

This Cuba holiday is a tailor made trip for a week and so this is only our suggested itinerary, which of course we can adapt according to your interests. Although we believe it captures many of Cuba’s highlights, both cultural and natural, focusing on the west of the country. Starting in the historic and hopping city of Havana, tour the city in one of the iconic vintage cars, take in some salsa, enjoy a mojito or two in a shady plaza and settle into life in Cuba.

From urban to rural, your next stop is the Valley and village of Viñales, set into the ‘Sugarloaf’ limestone mountains, with rolling hills, tobacco plantations, caves and lagoons. Staying in a typical Cuban ‘casa particular’, take a few days to explore the region on foot or on horseback, wander through ancient villages in this home territory of the country’s cigar industry. A very important aspect of Cuban heritage of course.

Beach life is also very important to Cubans, and Cayo Levisa, an island just half an hour off the west coast is one of the most beautiful places to enjoy all things Caribbean in Cuba. Beach, music , fresh fruit, snorkelling, swimming, café life and of course, cocktails. This is part of the archipelago which Ernest Hemingway famously discovered as part of a fishing trip and it hasn’t changed much since then. Its simple rustic charm is still the Cuba that most people want to experience. And love.

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Departure information

From vintage cars to jungle-topped mountains and castaway islands, this trip will give you a real taste of Cuba in just one week. First, you’ll wander through cobbled streets and shady plazas of Havana, stopping for afternoon mojitos and stumbling upon hidden salsa bars. Then, you’ll head for the timeless hills of Viñales, where tobacco dries in the sunshine and oxen plough the red earth. You’ll top off the trip on Cayo Levisa, a dreamy island with sugar-soft sand and clear blue waters.
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Environment

In Cuba we always prioritise low impact, small-scale accommodation such as our Casa Particular in Vinales. Not dissimilar to a B&B, it’s owned and run by a local family. Since finding this Casa, we’ve implemented more across the country and our work is never finished – we’re always on the look out!

We work with local partners in Cuba who feel the same way about protecting the environment as we do. They’ve worked hard to reduce their energy consumption and have implemented energy saving bulbs throughout their offices.

Whilst on tour, we explore in as low an impact way as possible, for example in Viñales, Cuba’s rustic cigar region, you’ll explore the valley on horseback and on foot, learning about the art of cigar-rolling and meet the local guajiros.

In our office in sunny Brighton we work hard to recycle as much as we possibly can. We even buy our paper off the same company we recycled it with resulting in a closed loop system. As we provide our staff with a healthy lunch every day, we also collect our food waste for compost so that it doesn’t end up in the land fill.

Community

In Cuba we support a local project and give our customers the option to make a small donation. As music is such an important part of Cuban culture, we’ve chosen to support Music fund for Cuba. They support education and development of music and performing arts and provide much needed support and equipment for children and young Cuban musicians, dancers and artists through the island.

We’ve searched high and low in Cuba and found hotels offering small-scale, local charm to give you a real taste of Cuba. Our Casa in Vinales is a real highlight; owned and run by a local family, staying here provides them a much-needed additional source of income. As most casas only have 2 rooms, it also lowers the impact that tourism has on the local culture.

Our local partners only employ local people and offer them flexible working hours so they can fit their work around other commitments.

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