Cost:$1,599 USD $1,999 CDN $1,399 EURO
2017/2018 Dates:Nov 17-24 Dec 29-Jan 5 Jan 12-19 Feb 16-23 March 9-16 April 6-13
Ancient coral cliffs nature hike and rock climbing - Isolated private beach swims - Majestic cave exploring - World class snorkeling - Horseback riding to the Sea - Cienfuegos and Trinidad tours - Latin dance lessons – mountain hike to breath-taking waterfalls - Catamaran trip to an isolated island – 4 by 4 Mountain tour – Glamping out under the stars in the mountains – Villa cabins on the ocean – Casas in old Trinidad and Cienfuegos – Intro to stand up paddle boarding - Flamingo lagoon paddle – Biking tour of Cienfuegos
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 parties’ 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.
DAY 1 – Guajimico Villa Arrive at Santa Clara International airport. Collect your bags and go through customs. You will be welcomed just outside the airport by your 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 $200 - $250 C.U.C. on you for the duration of the trip. This will come in handy for buying extra drinks, souvenirs, tips and for paying the departing airport tax. Enjoy the comfort of our coach bus while taking in the scenery on route to our first location. Lunch on the first day is the only meal not included in your trip cost. If your flight arrives in time for lunch, we will arrange a great meal for you. With our bellies full we are off to Guajimico Eco-Villa. This resort is perched on top of ancient coral cliffs overlooking the ocean. Catch a perfect sunset while enjoying a welcome cocktail from the pool deck. Dinner is served at the resort at 7:30pm. Enjoy your first night in paradise. ACCOMMODATION: Villa Guajimico
DAY 2 – Horseback Riding / Paddle Boarding / Spanish Dance Lessons After a great breakfast at 8:00am we depart to La Vega restaurant and horse ranch via bus at 9:00am. Here we will saddle up. From here we travel through the rolling hills of Cuba’s central mountain range on route to the majestic turquoise waters and a very isolated private beach. Cool down in the ocean with a refreshing swim. After relaxing on the beach we will circle back to our starting point for one heck of a feast at La Vega restaurant. After lunch the bus will return us back to Guajimico Villa. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon or try an introduction to stand up paddle boarding in Guajimico bay from 4-6pm. See why paddling boarding is the fastest growing sport in the world. Bring your snorkelling gear an view the reefs while lying on your board. We will regroup for dinner on site at 7:30pm. Meet at the bar at 9:30pm for your chance to learn the basic moves of popular Latin dances. I know some of you may be a little shy but how often do you get a friendly, passionate, real Latin dance instructor all to yourselves? Go on! No one is watching you anyway. Just remember that the bar is also right there if you need a little encouragement. Sleep well dancing stars! ACCOMMODATION: Villa Guajimico
DAY 3 – Hike / Snorkel / Rock Climb / Cave This is one of those days that you will remember for the rest of your life! Fill up your tummies at breakfast 7:30am. Bring a small day pack with you to carry your bagged lunch, snorkeling gear, towel, swimming and or climbing items, flash light / head light, sunscreen, hat and plenty of water. If you didn’t bring your own snorkeling gear please tell your guide at breakfast so we can get you hooked up. At 9:00am we all meet on the pool deck with our day packs and our hiking footwear on. Oh yeah, don’t forget your camera on this day because your friends and family back home won’t believe that you visited a place right out of a Blue Lagoon movie set. It’s all about the proof if you are to brag and boast. Our hike takes us approximately 45mins – 1hour across the tops of ancient coral cliffs and through a lush jungle valley. We will then arrive at paradise beach. Mark my words “you are not dreaming!” Here we will soak in the scenery and enjoy world class snorkeling, rock climbing (don’t worry we got the gear!), and relaxing on the beach. Here we will also enjoy our prepared bagged lunch and then hike back a different route that will takes us through a cave system that looks like and scene out of Lord of The Rings. We can reassure you that there are no dwarfs living here, just forest crabs. Much cuter and much less aggressive. This is not the type of cave that mom and dad have to crawl on their bellies in bat poop to enjoy. Thank goodness! This is the type of cave that anywhere else in the world would have a boardwalk running through it, lights everywhere, a coffee bar and a person standing there collecting $10 from each one of you. Not here. Enjoy a cave system that is seldom ever travelled. The trail winds its way back to Guajimico Villa. Take a swim in the pool and relax before we depart to Cienfuegos for two nights. What a day! Once checked in we will eat at a classy place called Prado Restaurant at 7:30pm for dinner. ACCOMMODATION: Cienfuegos Casa
Day 4 – Private Restaurant / Wild Flamingo Paddle / Biking Tour of Cienfuegos city Breakfast is served at 8:00am at our Casa. Cienfuegos city is one of the prettiest cities in Cuba and shows signs of French and Spanish influences. First on the agenda, we are off to a Flamingo Reserve to paddle amongst these brilliant pink birds. Camera is a must! Guanaroca nature reserve boasts a large population pink flamingo and is a protected area. A short ride will take us to the best dinning experience of the south shore. Rancho Cristal serves mouth water fresh food, dessert, coffee and one of the best pina-coladas you will ever have. This private restaurant over looks Cienfuegos Bay from a very tranquil spot on the south side of the bay. In the afternoon we will return to Cienfuegos City and hop on bikes to explore to city. Enjoy a beautiful ride along to the city square, market place and along the seaside malecon. Our bike tour will take approx. 1.5 hours before returning to our casa for dinner. Dinner we be served at 7:30pm. Rest up tonight because we are off to the mountains tomorrow. ACCOMMODATION: Cienfuegos Casa
Day 5 - Boat ride / Mountain Restaurant / Overnight Jungle Glamp-out Breakfast at 7:30am. After breakfast, be sure to pack for your over-night mountain adventure. We will be hiking, swimming, and sleeping under the stars perched on the side of the mountains? Now some of you are thinking “no way…awesome!!!” and others are thinking “what? This is not for me!” Well let me paint the picture for you. We will be sleeping on foam mattresses, with fresh linen, under beautiful thatched roofed structures overlooking Lake Hanabanilla. There are no biting bugs to worry about, we will have our own chef and bar tender and the music will be supplied by tropical birds and a symphony of tree frogs. Ok! Everyone is excited again. Aren’t you glad you cancelled that all inclusive in Varadaro. Where the music is supplied by D.J. Perdro and the symphony of half hammered screaming party animals keep you up all night. You are signed up for a real adventure that very few people have ever experienced. The bus leaves Guajimico at 8:30am. From there we will drive up into and through mountain villages to Hanabanilla Hotel. From here we will catch a boat and continue the tour on Hanabanilla Lake. Be sure to pack a warm change of cloths for this overnight. We cruise the lake taking in the picturesque landscape while smiling from ear to ear. Our one-hour boat tour drops us off for lunch at Reo Negro restaurant around 12:00pm. Enjoy a lunch with a million-dollar view and take the afternoon to relax, swim, hike at a hidden waterfall. Reo Negro will be our home for the night. Dinner will be served at 7:30pm. ACCOMMODATION: Thatched roofed huts of Reo Negro
Day 6 – Jungle hike / Waterfalls / Boat ride / 4 by 4 Mountain Truck Ride Good morning troopers! I’m sure everyone enjoyed the fresh mountain air and now you can say you’ve camped out in the mountains of Cuba. After breakfast we will catch the boat and enjoy the ride all the way to Jibacoa Dam where a 4 by 4 Russian mountain truck awaits. Dress warm for the truck ride in the mountains. First stop is Topes De Collantes visitor centre. A short walk takes us to a mountain coffee house with over 30 different coffee drinks available. If coffee isn’t your thing you can visit the botanical tea shop next door. Lunch will be at a private restaurant or we will stop at a mountain market place for a light lunch in the community. At Lunch we will take the 4by4 mountain truck deep into the jungle for an amazing hike and swim into a hidden cave system with it’s own waterfall deep within. WOW! This hike is approximately 3km long and consists of up and down grades that aren’t too steep. This hike is beautiful and even at a slow comfortable pace it will take us around 2.5 hours including the swim. Yes, another scene right out of a movie. After hiking our mountain truck will take us down the mountain with an unforgettable view of a sunset of the Caribbean Sea. Our bus will be waiting for us at the bottom of the mountain to take us to our Trinidad Casas. A tradition dinner will be served at the Casa around 7:30pm. Enjoy the Cuba hospitality in a local home. What an amazing experience! A hot shower and a cozy bed awaits you. ACCOMMODATION: Trinidad Casas
Day 7 – Catamaran Cruise / Snorkeling / Exploring Cayo Blanco Island / Old Trinidad Walking Tour Breakfast is at 7:30am sharp in your Casa! We then take a 30 min. bus ride to Marlin Marina just south of Trinidad. Here we will hop aboard a large catamaran and cruise approximately 18km south of Trinidad to a remote island named Cayo Blanco. There is a great place to snorkel here as well as walk the beaches of this 2km long island. Lunch will be served on the island and there is an open bar that is free for you. Perfect!!! At 3:15pm or so, the catamaran will take you back to the marina where your bus awaits you. A short drive right into old Trinidad City an UNESCO world heritage site. Enjoy a walk through the cobble stone streets teaming with Culture, music and markets. At 7:30pm enjoy your final dinner at Vista Gourmet. Enjoy the roof top view of Trinidad. It’s your last night so maybe a night on the town enjoying music and dance. ACCOMMODATION: Trinidad Casas
Day 8 – Off to the Airport After breakfast at your Casa, enjoy free time until you head to Santa Clara International Airport via a private bus shuttle. Remember to tip your tour guide well. Without them this amazing adventure wouldn’t be possible. Our goal is to always meet or exceed your expectations and if we didn’t then we ask you to please lower them just a little. From the Cuba Adventure Crew, we thank-you very much for picking our adventure. Have a safe flight home and we hope to see you again on another Cuba Adventure. 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
- Airfare to and from Cuba
- Cuban Tourist Card (provided by most airlines on route to Cuba)
- 8 Days health and accident insurance valid in Cuba
- Personal incidentals and tipping
- Activities and excursions outside the above program
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!