Cuba holiday, 22 days
Description of Cuba holiday, 22 days
This three week Cuba holiday is tailor made to include whichever aspects of Cuba you might like to enjoy. The itinerary below includes a carefully crafted mix of the country’s cultural and natural highlights, as well as some superb outdoor activities for those travellers who like to take the adventure just that little bit further.
Take a hire car or use private transfers to enjoy our view of real Cuba. See the vintage cars and faded glamour, yet far from faded fun of Havana. Go horse riding among the stunning tobacco plantation terrain of Viñales, or walk through the coffee plantations of Las Terrazas where you will stay in a stunning ecotourism resort that highlights all the reasons why this region has gained UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status.
There is salsa dancing everywhere in Cuba, but one particularly vibrant place to try it out properly is in Santiago, where Cuba’s life loving rhythm beats out from every street corner. If you want to experience the Afro-Haitian side of Cuban culture and a city that really has stayed pretty much unchanged, then Santiago is the place.
From Santiago it’s a five hour drive to Baracoa, on the eastern coast. One of Cuba’s most underrated spots, this coastal beauty is home to an eclectic mix of mountains, rainforest, waterfalls and beaches. Perfect for hiking and swimming. Enjoy a few days of chilling on the Caribbean coast, also known as the Costa Verde, with ivory sands, turquoise waters and beaches such as Playa Pesquero bringing your holiday to a gentle, wave lapping close. Before taking a short flight back to Havana.
PlanetWe believe in the concept of Meaningful Travel; having experiences which benefit you and the destination you’re visiting. Part of this is helping to preserve the natural environment. You’ll find Cuba has some beautiful landscapes – and we want to keep it that way! In this itinerary you’ll visit Las Terrazas, an impressive example of eco-tourism. Here many of the local farmers have retrained as guides, so instead of cutting down the forest for farmland, they educate visitors on the area’s unique biosphere.
We aim to use small-scale, locally owned accommodation that’s full of character whenever we can. As well an eco-hotel in Las Terrazas we’ve also sourced some really great casa particulars throughout this itinerary. This type of accommodation is similar to a bed and breakfast or small guesthouse with just a few rooms. The small-scale nature of these places means they’re much kinder to the environment than the larger hotels.
PeopleThe casas used in this itinerary are owned and run by local Cuban families, usually from their family home. By staying here instead of in a hotel, you’ll put money directly into the pockets of the local people and catch a glimpse of how Cubans really live.
We work with local partners in Cuba who care just as much about the community as we do. As well as supporting initiatives to promote Cuban culture (such as organizing workshops, tours and courses to promote Cuba culture), they ensure that their employees are paid a living wage. They also offer flexible working hours to their staff to make it easier to fit their work around other commitments and responsibilities such as family.
Here in the UK we like to use local business wherever possible. We provide our staff with a free healthy lunch which is provided by a small local business from just down the road. We like them because they share our values, source almost all their food locally and ensure that everything is nutrient rich as well as delicious. No chemicals here!