Cost:Global $2,599 CDN - $1,799 EURO US Direct $2,999 USD
- Paddle Lake Hanabanilla in the lush tropical Escambray Mountains
- Swim at El Nicho waterfall park
- Glamping under the thatched roofed huts of Rio Negro
- 4X4 mountain truck tour
- Mountain coffee and tea house visit
- Paddle Salt flats and visit flamingos of Zapata National Park
- Paddle Guama Islands
- Stay in traditional Taino stilted huts
- Paddle turquoise waters of the Caribbean sea
- Hike ancient coral cliffs and visit magnificent caves of Guajimico
- Cienfuegos city cultural experience
- Private restaurants
- Horseback riding
- And much, much more…
As a paddler, Cuba is a dream for many reasons not the least of which is being part of an exclusive club, for few outsiders have ever paddled Cuban waters. We are the first commercial company to be given permission to paddle these heavily restricted waters. “The Adventure of putting an adventure paddling program together in Cuba was of herculean proportions but worth every minute.
From intra mountainous Lakes to the crystalline waters of the salt flats and the dynamic waters of the Caribbean Sea Cuba is truly paradise for the adventurous paddler. Today, more than half of Cuba’s plants and animals are found nowhere else on the planet. From leaping crocodiles, bat-eating boas and millions of bright orange crabs marching through the forest each year, to miniature frogs, the world’s smallest hummingbird and the Caribbean’s largest flock of flamingos, Cuba surprises at every turn. The island is also home to arguably the healthiest coral reef ecosystems in the Caribbean, if not the world.
Come join us and become a member of The Club!
DAY 1 – Arrival / Escambray Mountains • Arrival at Santa Clara International airport. You will be welcomed at the airport lobby by your bilingual Cuban guide and professional bus driver. • Exchange your money into the local Cuban currency (C.U.C.). • Lunch on the first day is the only meal not included. -- If your flight arrives in time for lunch, we will arrange a meal at a private restaurant. • 2 hr bus ride to the Escambray mountains of southern Cuba. • 7:30 Dinner at the Hotel Hanabanilla ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Hanabanilla
DAY 2 – El Nicho / Rio Negro • 7:30am breakfast • Check out of the hotel and load your personal belongings on to the bus. -- Be sure to pack some warm clothes for the overnight. • 10km paddle to the small mountain village of El Nicho. • 1.5 km walk through the mountain community. • Lunch at a private restaurant. • walk to El Nicho National waterfall park. Spectacular pools, falls and scenery will excite the senses. -- This is a great place to go for a swim in the cool mountain pools. -- Hike back to river. • 8km paddle to Rio Negro. • 7:30pm Dinner • Accommodations will be under the thatched roof structures above the lake and nestled in the lush tropical jungle. -- Fresh linen, blanket and foam mattresses for sleeping are supplied. If you need more than that please feel free to bring your own light weight sleeping bag and a camp pillow. ACCOMMODATION: Rio Negro Glamping **Note: Stand-up paddle boarders will take a slightly different route on this day that isn’t as long. Lunch will be at Rio Negro.
DAY 3 – Lake Hanabanilla / Cienfuegos City • 7:30am breakfast • Hike to a panoramic view of lake Hanabanilla and the Escambray Mountains. • 8km paddle to Jibacoa Dam. • 4 by 4 mountain truck ride to Topes De Collates. • Mountain coffee house and mountain tea shop / botanical house. • Lunch will be in the mountains at private restaurant. • 4 by 4 mountain truck ride down the mountain to meet up with Bus. • 1.5hr Bus ride to Ceinfuegos. • City tour • Check in to Casa • 7:30pm Dinner at local home or private restaurant. ACCOMMODATION: Casa Particulars
DAY 4 – Zapata National Park / Guamá The Zapata region of Cuba boasts the largest protected park lands in all of the Caribbean. • 7:30am Breakfast • 2.5hr drive to the “Bay of Pigs”. • Bagged Lunch on shore before launching. • 1.5-2 hrs paddling the salt flats of the Zapata National Park. • Bus to Guamá Islands in the treasure Lagoon. • 20-minute boat ride into the lagoon to check-in. • Check in to traditional Taino cabin and explore the islands. • 7:30pm Dinner ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Horizontes Villa Guamá
DAY 5 - Guama / Guajimico • 7:30am breakfast • Recommended paddling before breakfast through the mangroves and around the islands. • After breakfast, 2.5-hour paddle across Treasure Lagoon and through Mangrove channels. • Visit the Breeding Centre of the unique Cuban Crocodiles. • Lunch at La Boca de Guamá Restaurant. • Depart to Cienfuegos City for a city tour. • Depart to Guajimico, a nature lover’s paradise located on ancient coral cliffs surrounded by aqua blue waters. • Check in to cabins. • 7:30pm dinner ACCOMMODATION: Villa Guajimico
DAY 6 – Guajimico • 7:30am breakfast • Ocean paddle to Paradise Cove. -- Bring snorkelling gear • Snorkelling around some of the healthiest coral reefs in the Caribbean. • Lunch at Guajimico • Hike to hidden cave systems -- Be sure to pack a headlight or flashlight. • Dinner at 7:30pm • Dance under the stars ACCOMMODATION: Villa Guajimico
Day 7 – Guajimico / La Vaga Ranch • 7:30am breakfast the group has the option to: -- Paddle to an isolated beach to swim and horseback ride to La Vaga ranch for lunch. -- If this paddle is a little too ambitious, you can choose to paddle the waters close to Guajimico and then catch the bus to La Vaga for lunch and horseback ride if interested. • Horseback ride back to the beach and paddle back to the Villa Guajimico • 7:30pm Dinner • Dance under the stars ACCOMMODATION: Villa Guajimico **Note: Stand-up paddle boarders will take a slightly different route on this day that isn’t as long.
DAY 8 - Off to the Airport • After breakfast, enjoy free time until you head to Santa Clara International Airport via a private shuttle. • Have a safe flight home and we hope to see you again on another Cuba Adventure Company get-a-way. ACCOMMODATION: Your own bed!
*Cuba can be a challenge. Often things don’t go as planned. Flexible travelers with a sense of humor consider it part of their Cuban adventure. Our Cuban partners work super hard to make your tour unfold seamlessly, but sometimes itinerary changes happen in light of hardships on island. Click here to download our release wavier.
- Lunch on the arrival day
- Cuban Tourist Card (provided by most airlines on route to Cuba)
- Issuing Country Departure Taxes
- Personal incidentals and tipping
- Airfare to and from Cuba
- Cuban Tourist Card or OFAC paperwork
- 8 Days health insurance valid in Cuba
- Activities outside the above program
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT FLIGHTS
One of the most important goals is to have all our client’s flights arriving and departing around the same time. Before booking your flights for our trips please let us help guide you into the right flight choice based on our tour schedule and other party’s flights. As you can imagine, this can get very complicated. It is our goal to make this as smooth as possible and to use our bus as the main shuttle to and from the airport.
GENERAL TIP ‘ING GUIDELINE
Remember that all Cubans make approx. 20 CUC a month which is very little, so anything that we can do to help in the way of small gifts and tips really does make a big difference.
- 1 CUC per meal
- 1 CUC per night for chamber maids
- 1 CUC for porters
- 3-5 CUC for special meal
- 3-5 CUC for special musical guest(s)
- 3-5 CUC for special interpretive guest(s)
- 5 CUC for taxi rides
- Loose change for bar tender
CUBA ALL-STAR TEAM or CAST
If you have a great adventure with our CAST, $100.00 CUC / client or approximately 5% of the cost of the trip is recommended. Our CAST includes: Canadian guide, Lead Cuban guide, Interpretive Cuban guide and bus driver who will all be with us for the duration of the trip. If they exceed your expectations feel free to show your appreciation.
To avoid any confusion, please approach your friendly neighbourhood Canadian guide with your tip at the end of the trip (typically after the last supper) who will distribute the funds accordingly.
Thank-you for supporting our CAST of characters!