"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 Jan 26-Feb 5 Feb 9-19 March 9-19
2018/2019 Dates:Dec 28-Jan 7 Jan 25-Feb 4 March 15-25
- Hiking to Spectacular Waterfalls
- Horseback Riding Along the Ocean
- SUP'ing the Tao and Yumuri Rivers
- Snorkelling Pristine Coral Reefs
- Trekking the Yunque
- Music, Dance and Culture
- And Much, Much More...
As the name might suggest, The Untamed East is Wild! This 11day Adventure in the far East of Cuba or the Oriente as it is commonly referred to is our guides favourite. They say the hardest places to get to tend to be the most beautiful and The Untamed East is no exception. It is so steeped in culture and rich in history that it often called the “cradle” of Cuban history. Suffice to say that both Fidel and Raul Castro were born here; Jose Marti died here; Christopher Columbus landed here; it holds the shrine to Cuba’s patron saint and features the oldest Spanish colonial cities on the island and is the birthplace of Cuban music. The diversity of ecosystems ranges from lush tropical rainforest to desert, with white powder beaches, pristine coral reefs, extreme waterfalls, and remote rivers few foreigners have ever seen. To top it off, it is the Chocolate capital of Cuba! You will see, taste and experience all of this on this once in a lifetime adventure!
Day 1 - Pinares de Mayari Village • Arrival at HOG International Airport. You will be welcomed outside the airport by your Cuban guide and professional bus driver • Exchange your money into the local Cuban currency (C.U.C.). • Enjoy the comfort of the coach bus while taking in the scenery on route to 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 • 7:30am Breakfast at the resort • Hike “El Salto del Guayabo” one of the Caribbean’s tallest waterfalls • A traditional charcoaled BBQ feast perched high up on a covered look out on top of the waterfalls after your hike • Check in to Cayo Saetia Village which is located in a 45 square kilometer island nature reserve • Pristine private beach minutes away if you are looking for some peace and solitude • 7:30pm Dinner at resort Accommodations: Cayo Saetia Village
Day 3 - Horseback riding/El Ranchon Playa/Snorkeling • 8:00am Breakfast • Horseback riding on the beautiful white sand beaches • Lunch is at “El Ranchon Playa” which has a breathtaking view of the Caribbean Sea • Stand Up Paddleboarding and Snorkeling at the local reef just off the beautiful white sand beaches • 7:30pm Dinner back at resort Accommodations: Cayo Saetia Village
Day 4 - City of Baracoa • 8:00am Breakfast • Depart to 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 • Stop at the small community of La Vega del Taco to see how the locals prepare traditional east coast snacks like Cucurucho • Visit “Alexander Van Humboldt” National Park • Arrive in the city of Baracoa, the oldest Spanish settlement in Cuba • 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 • Walking tour of the city • 7:30pm Dinner at “La Punta” Restaurant in Baracoa Accommodations: El Castillo Hotel
Day 5 - Toa River/Beaches of Baracoa • 7:30am Breakfast • 8:00am departure to Toa River • Stand Up Paddleboard the wild, remote Toa River • lunch at “Rancho Toa” Restaurant for an authentic Baracoa lunch • Explore the famous black sand beaches of Baracoa • 7:30pm Dinner at the hotel Accommodations: El Castillo Hotel
Day 6 - Yunque/Finca Duaba/Casa de La Trova • 7:30am Breakfast • Hike The Yunque of Baracoa • 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 • Lunch at “El Cacahual” Restaurant • Check-in to Porto Santo hotel • 7:30pm Dinner at the hotel • Depart to “Casa de La Trova” in town for authentic traditional Cuban music Accommodations: Porto Santo Hotel
Day 7 - Yumuri River/Maisi • 7:30am Breakfast • Stand up Paddleboard the spectacular Yumuri River • Lunch will be on the River • 7:30pm Dinner is at the hotel Accommodations: Porto Santo Hotel
Day 8 - Santiago/Casa De la Trova • 7:30am Breakfast • Depart to Santiago de Cuba city via La Farola • Authentic Cuban sea side lunch by local fisherman and family • Check in to Hotel Casa Granda downtown Santiago • 7:30pm dinner at Hotel • Traditional music and dance at Casa De la Trova Accommodations: Hotel Casa Granda or a similar Hotel right downtown Santiago
Day 9 - La Gran Piedra / La Isabelica Museum • 8:00am breakfast • City Tour of Santiago de Cuba • Lunch at a local restaurant • 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 recognized by UNESCO • Check-in to La Gran Piedra cabins over looking the Santiago and the Caribbean ocean • 7:30pm 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 • Depart to Holguin • Check-in to luxury beach resort Hotel Playa Costa Verde • 7:30 dinner at the resort 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)
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
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!