Cuba holiday, culture and nature
Description of Cuba holiday, culture and nature
This two week Cuba holiday takes you through some of the country’s cultural and natural heritage highlights, travelling independently and following an itinerary which we can tweak according to exactly what you want to see, when, and how long you want to stay in each place.
What we aim to provide is a delightful Cuban cocktail, carefully crafted in a way that enables you to fully immerse yourself in local culture and see what makes this great country tick. We ensure that our itineraries are very much connected with the local community and so you will be staying in small-scale, locally owned accommodation along the way, with a mix of cosy hotels and ‘casa particulars’.
Starting and finishing in Havana, there are adventures to be had every day in Cuba. Meet local ranchos, go horse riding through the Viñales tobacco terrain, learn to dance the Salsa in Santiago, the beating heart of Cuban arts scene, and take a bicycle taxi tour around the former colonial, cobbled streets of Trinidad.
At the beginning and end of this trip you will stay in a hotel in the heart of Old Havana, famous for its faded chic and former colonial glamour now being revived by contemporary Caribbean soul, where rumba (and rum) lead the beat in a way that feels like a constant soundtrack to a magnificent movie.
PlanetWhile long haul travel to Cuba is, by its very nature, not particularly eco-friendly, we try very hard to minimise our effect on the environment. You'll leave your vehicle behind you and explore the local area on foot, or in the case of Vinales, by horse. Discover the hidden waterfalls of Las Terrazas and learn about how this area has become Cuba's pioneering eco-tourism area, retraining farmers into local guides and in the process protecting this unique biosphere.
At home, we have recycling points within the office to encourage all staff to reduce their carbon footprint and even compost our food waste so that it doesn’t end up in landfill. As we work with partners across the globe, we regularly use tele-conferencing instead of flights to reduce our carbon emissions.
We believe that it’s our duty to inform our customers about ways that they too can reduce their environmental impact when they travel to and around Cuba. We therefore advise our customers to be mindful of their electricity and water usage while they’re in Cuba, to take their rubbish away with them, especially when visiting areas of outstanding natural beauty, and to be aware of the exploitation of plants and wildlife, including the illegal export of endangered species.
PeopleWe feel that it's important to make that long-haul flight worth it, so we work hard to ensure that our trips benefit the local community. We prioritise small-scale, locally owned accommodation with plenty of character across Cuba. During this itinerary you’ll stay in a mix of cosy hotels and casa particulars. Casa are similar to a guest house or a bed and breakfast with just a few rooms and a warm welcome. They’re owned and run by local families, often within their own home, so by staying here you’re putting money directly into the pockets of the local people and minimising the impact of tourism on the local culture.
In each of our destinations we support a local project and give our customers the option to make a small donation when they book their trip with us. As music is such an important part of Cuban culture, we’ve chosen to support Music fund for Cuba, a UK based charity that was established in 2001. It was set up in memory of the singer Kirsty MacColl who was inspired by Cuban music and fell in love with the Cuban culture and its people. They support education and development of music and performing arts across the country. The music fund provides much needed support and equipment for children and young Cuban musicians, dancers and artists through the island.
Our experiences in this itinerary will bring you to the heart of Cuba. You'll hang out with the guajiros in Vinales and learn the art of cigar-rolling alongside the locals. You'll have plenty of time to dance the night away in Santa Clara and head off the typical tourist route to visit the less-known town of Camaguey.