Playa Larga + El Nicho + Trinidad

by car from Havana

Whenever we talk about Cuba, we think of Havana, a seductive and unique city, a must see for all travellers, however, there are other destinations very close by that constitute a perfect getaway to get out of the city and into nature and away from the large groups of tourists.

It is very easy to move from Havana to the centre of the island when the traveller has a car. Based on our experience and knowledge of the destination we want to suggest an itinerary for nature lovers, which includes car + accommodation + excursions, and where the main attractions are the sea for diving or snorkelling, large waterfalls, nature trails and a zip lining (canopy) of 1200 meters for the most adventurous.


From leaving Havana, the first destination is Playa Larga, where you will experience ultimate peace and tranquillity. The beaches on the south coast are deep blue and warmer than in the north. In this destination the beauty is not appreciated initially, because it is hidden, or rather, underwater.


Location: Bay of Pigs
Distance from Havana: 174 Km (2 h)
Main attractives:
  • Diving and snorkelling
  • Bird Watching
  • Visit to the Crocodile Farm
  • Visit Guamá, a replica of an indigenous settlement
Recommended stay: 2 nights
Recommended accommodation:
Gran Hostal Caleton Playa Larga (Private House)


On the way to Trinidad, it is well worth a small detour to El Nicho, in the province of Cienfuegos, an ecological paradise for nature trails on foot and swimming in natural pools and waterfalls.

Distance from Playa Larga: 165 Km (2 h 30 min)



Who hasn't heard of Trinidad? A charming colonial city with colourful facades and cobbled streets, but this time, we want to highlight the natural attractions around it.

One of the main attractions is Topes de Collantes, a natural park with incredible landscapes that include waterfalls that fall from more than 60 meters into deep blue pools, the best known being the Salto del Caburní 30 km from the city. You don't need your own car to get there, it is best to book an excursion that includes a guide-driver in a jeep, for this exhilarating climb.

The zip line (canopy) of Trinidad, this thrill seeking experience provides an aerial view of the Valle de los Ingenios and part of the mountain range of the Sierra del Escambray.

Please do get in touch with us to let us know exactly what you are looking for and allow us to design an itinerary that suits your specific interests.

Location: Sancti Spíritus Province
Distance from El Nicho: 47 Km (1 h 10 min)
Main attractives:

  • Historical Center
  • Topes de Collantes
  • Valle de los Ingenios
  • Zip line (canopy)
Recommended stay: 2 or 3 nights
Recommended accommodation:
Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad ★★★★★
Open from September 1st

Casa Barmarin (Private house)