"This is the most exciting trip being offered in Cuba for active adventure minded travellers wanting to experience real Cuban culture and raw nature away from the crowds." - Tim Shaw
Cost:$2,699 CDN $1,899 EURO
2017/2018 Dates:Dec 29-Jan 8 - Promo code: SAVE200 Jan 26-Feb 5 Feb 9-19 March 9-19
- Hiking to spectacular waterfalls
- Horseback riding along the ocean
- SUP’ing the Tao and Yumuri rivers
- Mountain retreat
- Snorkelling turquoise waters
- Baracoa and Santiago city tours
- Trekking to the top of Anvil mountain
- MUSIC, DANCE and CULTURE and much more!!
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 consult with the Cuba Adventure Company to help choose the right flight 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. View our terms and conditions
Day 1 - Pinares de Mayari Village Arrival at HOG International Airport. Collect your bags and go through customs. You will be welcomed just outside the airport by your bilingual Cuban guide and professional bus driver. This is the perfect time to exchange your money into the local Cuban currency (C.U.C.). We recommend exchanging enough money to have a minimum of $250-$350 C.U.C. on you for the duration of the trip. This will come in handy for buying extra drinks, souvenirs, and tips. Enjoy the comfort of our coach bus while taking in the scenery on route to our first location, Pinares de Mayari Village. Check-in and enjoy the peaceful mountain atmosphere with an optional short hike to a beautiful vista. Dinner at the resort. Enjoy free time after dinner. Accommodations: Pinares de Mayari Village
Day 2 - El Salto del Guayabo/Cayo Saetia/Safari Breakfast will be at 7:30am at the resort. After breakfast we depart to “El Salto del Guayabo” for a hike to one of the Caribbean’s tallest waterfalls. It is a moderate plus hike but worth it once you arrive at the base of this spectacular waterfall. A traditional charcoaled BBQ feast perched high up on a covered look out on top of the waterfalls after your hike. Truly, a room with a view! After lunch we Depart to Cayo Saetia Village which is located in a 45 square kilometer island nature reserve. Once arriving and checking into the resort there is free time. There is a pristine private beach minutes away if you are looking for some peace and solitude. Dinner is back at the resort and the menu is exotic. Accommodations: Cayo Saetia Village
Day 3 - Horseback riding/El Ranchon Playa/Snorkeling Breakfast will be served at 8:00am. After breakfast we depart to a remote white sand beach for horseback riding. It is an amazing experience as you ride along the edge of the surf, right out of the movies. Lunch is at “El Ranchon Playa” which has a breathtaking view of the Caribbean Sea. The aquamarine waters are so inviting, after lunch we dive in and enjoy an afternoon of snorkeling and stang up paddle boarding on the local reef just off the beautiful white sand beaches. Dinner is back at the resort at 7:30. Accommodations: Cayo Saetia Village
Day 4 - City of Baracoa Breakfast will be served at 8:00am. After Breakfast we depart for the city of Baracoa. This is a long, twisty drive but as we get closer to Baracoa the famous lush tropical scenery of the far East begins to immerge. We stop in the small community of La Vega del Taco to see how the locals prepare traditional east coast snacks like Cucurucho. If you have anything in your back pack for the kids, their smiling faces will last a life time in your memories. Just up the road we visit the “Alexander Van Humboldt” National Park and then it’s on to Baracoa city. The oldest Spanish settlement in Cuba, this almost unspoiled colonial village is surrounded by secluded ‘black sand’ beaches, virgin rainforest and crystal clear rivers. On the horizon looms the most recognizable local landmark, a table-topped hill called El Yunque. Simply put Baracoa is the gem of Cuba. We check-in at “El Castillo hotel for a late lunch. This hotel was once a Spanish colonial fort and is perched overlooking the city and Bay of Baracoa. We are then off on a walking tour of the city. After our tour, spend a little down time and relax back at the hotel. Dinner will be at “La Punta” Restaurant in Baracoa. Return to the hotel for a well deserved sleep. Accommodations: El Castillo Hotel
Day 5 - Toa River/Beaches of Baracoa Breakfast will be served at 7:30am. Departure at 8:00am after breakfast through small villages to the put put-in for the scenic Toa River. This is an exhilarating downstream Paddle on a Stand Up Paddle board which is sure to be on your highlight reel. We wind our way down the River to our lunch spot at “Rancho Toa” Restaurant for an authentic Baracoa lunch. After lunch, there is free time to explore the beautiful beaches in Baracoa. Dinner will be served at the hotel at 7:30pm. Lots to talk about after your River adventure! Accommodations: El Castillo Hotel
Day 6 - Yunque/Finca Duaba/Casa de La Trova Breakfast will be served at 7:30am. Check out of El Castillo Hotel as we will be switching hotels later today to a sea side resort with a pool and a view of the ocean. After breakfast get your hiking shoes on, that flat top mountain has been calling your name and it’s time to go! We set off for an amazing hike up the Yunque of Baracoa where a beautiful vista at the top awaits. Half way up there is a treat waiting for you. This is a moderate plus hike but well worth the effort. After our descent from the Yunque there is only one civilized thing to do, visit the “Finca Duaba” and cocoa plantation tour. Baracoa is not only the most beautiful area in all of Cuba, it is also the Chocolate capital of Cuba, bonus! Lunch is at “El Cacahual” Restaurant. Don’t’ forget to have a demitasse of Baracoa chocolate to refuel you. Enjoy some free time, dinner is at the hotel. After dinner, we exchange our hiking shoes for dancing shoes and depart to “Casa de La Trova” in town for real live traditional Cuban music. Be prepared to sing and dance! Return to hotel for another well-deserved sleep. Accommodations: Porto Santo
Day 7 - Yumuri River/Maisi Breakfast will be served at 7:30am. After breakfast we depart for the Yumuri River. The Yumuri River cuts through a very impressive Canyon with 800’ cliffs on either side of us. We will Paddleboard or hike the banks of this majestic wild river upstream for a few kilometers. Relax along the river banks and enjoy a boxed lunch and fresh fruit supplied by Porto Santo hotel. Because there is current, at times you have to line your SUP if you’ve chosen to paddle but the paddle back after lunch is a blast. Return to the hotel in Baracoa. Dinner is at the hotel. After today, a Mojito may be needed! Accommodations: Porto Santo
Day 8 - Santiago/Casa De la Trova Breakfast will be served at 7:30am. Check-out. We depart to Santiago de Cuba city via La Farola. Time for pictures at “El Alto de Cotilla”. Afterwards, a special sea side lunch waits. Enjoy a beach walk, collect some shells and go for a swim in the sea. After this spectacular lunch we continue our drive to Santiago de Cuba city. Accommodations will be at a local hotel right down town at the cities main square. Check-in and enjoy free time in the heart of Santiago. Dinner will be served at the hotel. After dinner it’s time to put those dancing shoes on again and head to Casa De la Trova to enjoy traditional music and dance. It is said that Santiago is the musical capital of Cuba. That's really saying something in a country steeped in the rhythms of salsa, son and rumba. In particular, there's a strong sense of Afro-Cuban identity in this city and it finds vivid expression in music and dance. Dance your way back to the hotel! Accommodations: Hotel Casa Granda or a similar Hotel right downtown Santiago
Day 9 - La Gran Piedra / La Isabelica Museum Breakfast will be served at 8:00am. After breakfast we head out for City Tour of Santiago de Cuba. Tour includes: walking to down town shops, “26th of July” Museum, “Santa Ifigenia” Cemetery, for your chance to view Fidal and Jose Martinez tomb and the changing of the guard. We will also have the chance to visit Marrow Fort that guards the mouth of the Bay. Lunch is at a local restaurant to be determined. After lunch we Depart to “la Gran Piedra” via 4 by 4 jeeps and walk up the steps to the top and hike to “la Isabelica” Museum. An early 19th century coffee plantation that once was the property of French immigrants from Haiti. The house is a stone mansion and is recognized by UNESCO as a master work of cultural heritage. There are beautiful panoramic views along this hike. Check into our cabins perched on the top of the cliffs over looking the Santiago and the Caribbean ocean. WHAT A VIEW! Enjoy the sunset on top of the world. Dinner at the mountain top lodge. Accommodations: La Gran Piedra Cabins
Day 10 - Santiago to Holguin’s Hotel Playa Costa Verde 8:00am breakfast at the mountain top lodge. Pack up after breakfast add catch a ride in jeeps down the mountain and back to our bus. From here we will drive to a beautiful resort on the north shore close to Holguin on the ocean. What a perfect place to spend the last day relaxing by the pool or swimming in the turquoise ocean and this luxury resort. Lunch and dinner will be served at the resort. Enjoy your last night in paradise. Accommodations: Hotel Playa Costa Verde
Day 11 - Off to the Airport After breakfast, it’s off to HOG International airport via a private bus shuttle. Our goal is to always meet or exceed your expectations. From the staff at Cuba Adventure Company we thank-you very much for choosing our adventure. Have a safe flight home and we hope to see you again on another Cuba Adventure. Accommodations: 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.
- Cuban Tourist Card and / or OFAC
- 11 Days health and accident insurance valid in Cuba
- Activities outside the above program
- Personal incidentals and tipping
- Lunch on the arrival day
- Airfare to and from Cuba
- Issuing Country Departure Taxes
- Cuban Tourist Card (provided by most airlines on route to Cuba)
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.
PLEASE NOTE: 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!