A lo Cubano

    • Havana
    • Viñales
    • Bay of Pigs
    • Trinidad
    • Varadero
    • Topes de Collantes
    • Soroa
    • Nature
    • History
    • Culture
A lo cubano (the Cuban way) implies ingenious and authentic solutions to everyday life challenges. In this tour you will see firsthand the talent of Cubans overcoming the lack of resources.
Stroll down the patchy streets of Old Havana, delve into the daily life of locals and admire the gorgeous classic cars as well as the remarkable personal effort needed to keep them running. Enjoy a cultural exchange in the community project of the artist Mario Pelegrín, support the bird preservation initiative at Bernabé’s patio or simply relish the pristine nature. Get to know historical sites like Bay of Pigs and charming cities such as Trinidad and Cienfuegos. At the end of the tour, you will have thousands of stories to tell…a lo cubano.
Highlights:
- See and live the Authentic Cuba
- Local experiences showcasing Cuban talent and drive at its best
- Historical sites that marked Cuba to these days
- Fascinating treks across unique landscapes
- Monday departures guaranteed from a minimum of 2 pax to a maximum of 12 pax (see dates below)
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Departure time
Flexible
Start/finish
Starts in Havana, ends in Havana.
Character
Private or group
Languages
English, German, Spanish

Day 1: Arrival in Havana

Welcome at the Havana airport. Transfer to your accommodation. Dinner at own.
Accommodation: Casa particular, Havana (e.g. San Lázaro 115)

    • Havana

Commuting in Havana is a challenge for Cubans due to the poor public transportation. Have fun exploring Havana on all kind of wheeled vehicles. Kick off your day hoping on a bicitaxi to contemplate the city waking up. This tricycle is used by many
Cubans to make groceries and move around the neighborhoods. Once in Old Havana, discover the colonial past of the city in a walking tour of its four main squares. Give the midday heat a miss with a lunch and a refreshing Mojito at a local
restaurant. Take a horse-drawn carriage for a tour around the bay up to the heart of mid-century Havana: The Central Park. Admire the Cuban architecture in all her splendor with renowned buildings like the Havana Capitol, the Great Theater Alicia
Alonso and the Inglaterra Hotel. To make the picture perfect, tens of classic cars of the 50s taxiing around set up the scene. Get comfortable on the back seat of one of those, called by locales almendrones, for a panoramic tour of the entire city. Visit the Revolution Square, the Metropolitan Park, the neighborhood of Miramar with its 5th Avenue and the Malecón, ending at
your homestay. (B/L)
Accommodation with breakfast: Casa particular, Havana (e.g. San Lázaro 115)

The people you are going to meet today have something in common: their passion for arts. Your day begins with a visit to the Romerillo Museum, a community initiative by Kcho, one of the most internationally acclaimed contemporary Cuban
artists. Kcho introduces the community to the finest art works by exhibiting incredibly precious pieces in rather ordinary settings, like grocery stores and public parks. Continue to visit a rehearsal of the company Havana Queens, a project born of
the association of the Cuban choreographer Rosario Blanco and the Swiss producer Patrick Hofer. You will learn about the various Cuban rhythms and will have the opportunity to meet and greet the dancers. Head for a tour of the neighborhood of
San Isidro, in Old Havana. Full of controversies and home to renowned dissident artists, the place is filled with contestatory paintings crafted by graffiti artists on the walls of crumbling buildings. You will notice a flourishing movement of young
artists and entrepreneurs galvanizing the dynamics of the community with art galleries and local business. Arrive at San José Warehouse, the largest craft market in Cuba, where you will be able to purchase a souvenir. Rest of the afternoon at
leisure. In the evening, dinner at Casa Miglis restaurant with an entertainment show courtesy of Havana Queens to see in action the dancers you met earlier today. (B/D)
Accommodation with breakfast: Casa particular, Havana (e.g. San Lázaro 115)

Trade the noise and agitation of Havana for a stunning natural scenery. In the morning, head for Pinar del Río province. Stop in Soroa to admire the orchid garden with a collection of more than 350 species. Leave for a visit to Patio de Pelegrín, a
community project created by the artist Mario Pelegrín. This initiative channels the energy of the youth into arts and introduces them to a variety of art forms. Alongside Pelegrín and his team, prepare a traditional dessert. Your trip continues.
Arrive in Viñales and appreciate from the lookout point of Los Jazmines the breathtaking valley dotted with its iconic Mogotes. Visit the house of a veguero, where you will be briefed on the world of tobacco. Check in at a Cuban family home
in the town of Viñales. (B/L)
Accommodation with breakfast: Casa particular, Viñales (e.g. Los tres caballeros)

Nature does not cease to amaze. You will not need an alarm clock today, as one of the neighbor’s roosters will happily help with that. Head for the Zapata Swamps, the largest marshlands in the insular Caribbean. Lunch en route and stop at the Zunzún’s House, the private patio of Mr. Bernabé. In this birds’ paradise you will be able to appreciate freely flying hummingbirds, the tinniest bird in the world, as well as other species that use the area as a migration corridor. Not far from there, you will discover the Cueva de los Peces, known as the deepest and most beautiful cenote in Cuba. There is a lagoon that connects with an extensive system of underwater caverns going more than 30 kilometers, from Playa Larga to El Toro Cove. You will have the option to spend the rest of your day at the beach near your homestay. At night, enjoy a homemade dinner at your casa particular. (B/L/D)
Accommodation with breakfast and dinner: Casa particular, Playa Larga (e.g. Casa Costa Azul)

Early in the morning, hit the road bordering Bay of Pigs in direction to Playa Girón, battleground of the 1961 invasion , which resulted in the first great defeat of the US military in America.
At the Museum of Playa Girón you will learn details of the clash, including the weaponry utilized. Arrive in Cienfuegos, a city of distinctive wide avenues and neoclassic architecture, which was founded and designed to the smallest detail by French
settlers. Visit the Tomás Terry Theater, built in 1890; the Martí Park and the boulevard. After lunch at a paladar (privately owned restaurant), continue alongside the south coast down to Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage for its well-preserved
colonial architecture dating back to the golden years of the sugar industry in the 19th Century. Tour its cobblestone streets and plazas. (B/L)

Accommodation with breakfast: Casa particular, Trinidad

Cubans are nature lovers, so it is no wonder there are so many protected areas in the country. One of them is the Protected Natural Landscape of Topes de Collantes. This gorgeous place treasures nearly half the endemic species in Cuba and the
best Arabic coffee bean in the country. To visit it, depart in the morning from Trinidad and go along a sinuous road leading to the sundial situated right at the highest part of the park. Then, you will hop on an authentic local vehicle to embark on the
excursion to the Guanayara Park. Admire the coffee plantations, trek through the dense vegetation, descend to the beautiful waterfall El Rocío, bathe in the Poza del Venado and enjoy a traditional lunch in the gardens of the Casa de la Gallega estate.
In the afternoon, return to Trinidad. (B/L)
Accommodation with breakfast: Casa particular, Trinidad

Leave behind Trinidad on a 16 km drive leading to the villa’s most iconic site: the Manaca Iznaga Tower. Outlasting the slavery times, this tower overlooks the Valle de los Ingenios, a sugar cane industry powerhouse in the colonial period.
Continue to Santa Clara, the city that witnessed the most important victory of the iconic guerrilla fighter Ernesto “Che” Guevara, one that effectively determined the triumph of the Cuban Revolution. Visit the “Che” Guevera Memorial , the final resting place of the epoch-making revolutionary. Stop at Café Revolución to enjoy a refreshing drink and appreciate an interesting collection of objects and photos from those first years of the Revolution. En route to Havana, stop in Varadero to
drop off clients opting for a beach extension. (B)


- Air-conditioned vehicle with chauffeur (car/van/bus). Quality of vehicles based on the country’s standards.
  2 pax in a car (1 piece of luggage maximum per person)
  From 3-7 pax in a minivan/microbus (6-10 seats)
  From 8-10 pax in a minibus (15-16 seats)
  From 11-12 pax in a bus (24 seats)
- Transfer from Havana airport to Havana accommodation on the starting day of the tour.
- Local guide service all 8 days of the tour (transfers from/to the airport might be escorted by a Caribbean Tours representative
instead)
- Excursions, visits and entrances as per program
- 7 night-stay at selected privately-owned houses
- 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinner