WHAT'SUP CUBA?

8 Days, 7 Nights

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!


KEEP IN MIND! THIS TRIP HAS AN OPTIONAL 2 DAY EXTENSION! This extension is for groups of 6 or more. Please contact us if interested.

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Amazing scenery at every location. Very friendly guides. Good people, all of them. Great way to get a small glimpse of the beauty of Cuba. Unfortunately just a small glimpse as the days are short and the possibilities are endless.
— Falk Bruder

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WHAT'SUP CUBA TRIP

  • 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
  • Snorkelling
  • Horseback riding
  • And much, much more…

Itinerary


DAY 1.
Cuba Adventure Company Guajimico Villa 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.
Cuba Adventure Company El Nicho / Rio Negro 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.
Cuba Adventure Company Lake Hanabanilla / Cienfuegos City 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.
Cuba Adventure Company Lake Hanabanilla / Cienfuegos City ZAPATA NATIONAL PARK / GUAMA
    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.
Cuba Adventure Company GUAMA / GUAJIMICO 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.
Cuba Adventure Company Cave System 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.
Cuba Adventure Company Guajimico / La Vaga Ranch 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.
Cuba Adventure Company Off to the Airport 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!
OPTIONAL 2 DAY EXTENSION
Cuba Adventure Company Off to the Airport THE BEST OF HAVANA
  • Extend your Cuban adventure to include 2 days in Old Havana! Experience the Cultural dichotomy that makes Havana one of the most unique cities in the world. A fusion of Food, Music and Art that will leave you wanting more. We will explore this eclectic city by foot, on bikes or of course classic cars.
  • A MUST DO!
  • IMPORTANT: This extension is for groups of 6 or more.
    Please contact Cuba Adventure Company if interested.

 
 

Trip DATES


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2018/2019:

Nov 30-Dec 7
Dec 7-14
Jan 4-11
Jan 11-18
Feb 1-8
Feb 22-March 1
March 1-8
March 29-April 5

 

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2017/2018:

Nov 17-24
Dec 8-15
Jan 12-19
Feb 2-9
Feb 23 - March 2
March 30 - April 6

2018/2019:

Nov 30-Dec 7
Dec 7-14
Jan 4-11
Jan 11-18
Feb 1-8
Feb 22-March 1
March 1-8
March 29-April 5

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