One week tour of Cuba
Description of One week tour of Cuba
This one week tour of Cuba is a private tour designed to show you the real Cuba, as some of its most spectacular cultural and natural heritage. We really want to share what we believe to be a very special island, the largest in the Caribbean.
The first couple of days are spent in Havana where, like most of our stops on this tour, we will stay in a traditional casa particular accommodation, or locally owned small guesthouse. In Havana you will have a guided city tour and plenty of time to enjoy the old, new, revolutionary and revelatory.
History buffs will enjoy our trip to Santa Clara, where the final battle of the revolution took place and, therefore, home to a huge Che Guevara Memorial as well as a Che museum. From here we head to the coastal town of Trinidad, famous for its Spanish colonial history but also its Afro-Caribbean heritage in particular from nearby Haiti. The music scene here is particularly vibrant and we take you to a couple of venues to experience this first hand.
Trinidad is also gateway to Valle de Los Ingenios, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we get a chance to go horse riding and also have a quick dip in a natural pool. This tour finishes in Cienfuegos, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, but this one with French colonial heritage, and the most spectacular location on its very own, eponymous bay. Which is why it is often given the nickname "Pearl of the South".
PlanetAs responsible citizens of planet earth, we are painfully aware of the impact humans are having on the climate.
Espiritu Travel now offers carbon-neutral travel for all trips to Cuba. We see it as yet another important step in our journey towards creating a more sustainable travel company. Greenhouse gas emissions are calculated for all our customized trips to Cuba, taking into account the use of fuels in local travel, emissions from food, and energy used in accommodations. We work with Carbon Credit Capital to ensure accurate results and come up with simple metrics like emissions per person, per trip while in-country.
As part of our commitment, we support a carbon offset project that reduces emissions by the same amount as what you emit during your trip! We have chosen to support a project in the Amazon rainforest that fights deforestation in one of the most highly deforested areas of Brazil. The project protects over 149,000 hectares of the virgin rainforest from deforestation, housing 44,000+ species of plants and animals, including over 30 vulnerable species. The project also provides improved quality of life for over 6,200 local community members—including paths to land title ownership, and improved diversity of the local economy with capacity building for cultivating new and highly valuable forest crops and products.
In a place like Cuba, where sustainable tourism is practically unheard of, it is not so easy to make a difference. However, we provide travelers with information before they depart on how they can reduce their negative impacts and make positive contributions to the communities they will visit in Cuba. This includes reducing waste, avoiding plastic bags and straws as well as being aware of water consumption. Furthermore, we encourage travelers to use filtered water bottles by offering a discount to purchase one before their trip. In the future, we hope to be able to offer travelers a free gift of these types of bottles.
The issue of animals in captivity is a sensitive one for our company. We do not promote visits to any place where there are captive wild animals. The situation for domestic animals in Cuba is often appalling. Horse taxis and scenic rides. We do not recommend these activities as nostalgic as they may seem, many of these horses are in poor condition. In addition, the majority of them work extremely long hours, oftentimes in extreme heat and humidity with poor tack that leaves open wounds on their bodies. Horses around the country have borne the brunt of the transportation crisis in the country especially outside of Havana. While there are animal welfare laws, they are not enforced and it is obvious the suffering they endure horses. We promote the use of bicycles taxis to get around the cities and towns. In places where horseback riding excursions are part of the itinerary, we have carefully selected the stable in which we work ensuring the highest standards are met for the welfare of the horses.
Our guides are not permitted to take clients to places where animals are used as entertainment or are kept in poor conditions.
In Cuba, solid waste pollution is a problem all over the island and in particular in the cities and towns. Waste disposal systems are just not adequate on the island and with a rapid increase in tourism this year alone, the problem could get worse. We provide suggestions on how travelers can reduce their impact.
We suggest bringing canvas carrier bags so that you can use them for when you purchase water or souvenirs rather than the one-use plastic bags. We provide discounts for purchasing filtered bottled water before the trip, reducing the need to purchase bottled water. In the near future, we hope to be able to provide these filtered water bottles to all travelers.
We provide information to travelers on ways to reduce water consumption during their trip.
We encourage travelers to use bicycle taxis or walking for exploring the cities. Bicycle taxis are a great way to enjoy all the towns and cities throughout the island.
PeopleWe work directly with Cubans and Cuban businesses, Our customized trips create jobs and help local families. We collaborate with local businesses, artisans and endorse real connections between countries and people
As an example, one of our eight-day trips to Cuba supports a number of entrepreneurs/small businesses and their families as well as the subsequent indirect linkages with other sectors. Over the last five years, we have maintained working relationships with a plethora of small businesses, from casas particulares, family-owned restaurants to local guides and shop owners.
We endeavor to provide plenty of information so that travelers can also support small businesses that sell unique souvenirs or one of a kind home decor or even locally designed fashion. This support allows businesses to flourish, grow and expand.
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