Cuban Rhythms

 
Map of the route for Cuban Rhythms

Itinerary

Day 1Havana

Arrive at any time.

 

It is important to note that Cuba tends to be quite different to other areas of the world you may have travelled in. Buildings and infrastructure are generally old and may not have been maintained to the highest standard. Elevators, internet and A/C often break down, things happen very slowly and water pressure and hot water can be minimal. Cuba is an amazing place to visit but to fully enjoy and relax, western expectations should be left at home and your sense of adventure should be your guide.

 
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
1h

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation

 
Hotel Colina (or similar)
Hotel

Day 2Havana/Viñales

Stop at lush Las Terrazas en route to Viñales. Travel through a rich agricultural area en route to Viñales where both sugarcane and tobacco are grown. Practice some Spanish while staying in a local homestay.

Viñales is in the Pinar del Rio province and located in a fertile valley surrounded by the unusual mogotes, or limestone pincushion hills. Arguably one of the prettiest natural areas in Cuba, we have many opportunities here to enjoy the area, whether it be hiking or simply sitting back and enjoying the view.

 
Private Vehicle
Havana – Viñales4h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 
Las Terrazas Stop
Las Terrazas

Less than an hour outside of the bustle and hustle of Havana, escape to Las Terrazas, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Once hectares of deforested farmland, Castro ordered the planting of millions of plants and trees. Travel through bamboo groves, past teak and royal palms. See birds and flowers and waterfalls of the Rio San Juan, a clear mountain stream.

 
Local Living: Viñales Homestay
 

Live amongst the locals in this “casa particular”, Cuba’s equivalent of a bed & breakfast homestay. Learn about the lifestyle, culture and real-life realities of our hosts. More intimate than a hotel, experience a slice of Cuban life as it’s actually lived.

Accommodation

 
Homestay Mayra (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 3Viñales

Take a day trip to beautiful Cayo Jutias, 3km of white sand on Cuba's coastline. It is a perfect spot for snorkelling or just blissing out on the beach.

 

 
Day Trip Cayo Jutias
Cayo Jutías

Channel your inner Gilligan and strand yourself on this cay off the north-west coast of Cuba’s Pinar del Rio province. Other than local restaurants with delicious seafood, a bunch of palm trees and a mangrove, there isn’t much here except a gorgeous white sand beach accented by aquamarine waters—but what else could you need? Bliss out. Snorkel. Swim. Enjoy! 

 
Local Living: Viñales Homestay
 

Live amongst the locals in this “casa particular”, Cuba’s equivalent of a bed & breakfast homestay. Learn about the lifestyle, culture and real-life realities of our hosts. More intimate than a hotel, experience a slice of Cuban life as it’s actually lived.

Optional Activities - Day 3

Snorkelling
 

Slather on the sunscreen and head out into the tantalizing waters. Float effortlessly in the clear warm water and look for schools of fish, coral, sponges and more. Spot a sea turtle in the sea grass. 

Accommodation

 
Homestay Mayra (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 4Viñales/Trinidad

On your way to Trinidad, visit a "vega" or cigar factory, to see how the famous Cuban cigars are made. Enjoy an orientation walk of Trinidad's beautiful centre after settling into the homestay.

 

Tobacco season starts in November and ends at the beginning of April.

 
Private Vehicle
Viñales – Trinidad7h-8h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 
Orientation Walk
30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

 
Local Living: Trinidad Homestay
 

Live amongst the locals in this “casa particular”, Cuba’s equivalent of a bed & breakfast homestay. Learn about the lifestyle, culture and real-life realities of our hosts. Enjoy an open-air meal on top of the main house one evening. More intimate than a hotel, experience a slice of Cuban life as it’s actually lived.

Optional Activities - Day 4

Cigar Factory Tour
Viñales

Pinar del Rio is tobacco country. Fans of the ubiquitous Cuban cigar will be hard-pressed not to be impressed by this tour. See fields of green plants punctuated by thatch roof drying huts, then witness a demonstration of how the cured leaves are hand-rolled, cut and packaged. Prepare for the smell. The smell of tobacco is heady and headache-inducing. Buy a box to bring home to friends. Or smoke them all by yourself.

Accommodation

 
Homestay Trinidad Jesus Pineda (or similar)
Homestay

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 5Trinidad

Enjoy a free day to explore the area, then learn some moves during a salsa dancing lesson. Take in some live music and practice salsa moves at an evening out at the Casa de la Trova.

Trinidad is a haven for anyone interested in outdoor activities. If a beach sounds like what you're looking for, try snorkelling or diving in nearby Playa Ancón, just 12 km (7.5 miles) from town. 

 
Free Time
TrinidadFull Day

Explore this beautiful colonial town and its surrounding beach and attractions.

 
Hands-On: Salsa Lesson
Evening

Loosen up those hips and get ready to salsa. Classes are led by expert Cuban instructors and you even get your own practice partner. Rumba, mambo and cha-cha-chá your way across the floor. Never danced salsa? Have no fear, Cubans are happy to share the secrets behind one of their national pastimes.

 
Casa de la Trova Visit
TrinidadEvening

For nearly four decades, the Casa de la Trova has been the centre of culture and nightlife in Trinidad. This bar/performance space is home to some of Cuba’s finest singers and musicians. These former “trovadores” (troubadours) once walked the streets in twos and threes, performing ballads (boleros). Now – people come to them to listen, dance and soak in the laid-back rhythms of this made-in-Cuba music. 

 
Local Living: Trinidad Homestay
 

Live amongst the locals in this “casa particular”, Cuba’s equivalent of a bed & breakfast homestay. Learn about the lifestyle, culture and real-life realities of our hosts. Enjoy an open-air meal on top of the main house one evening. More intimate than a hotel, experience a slice of Cuban life as it’s actually lived.

Optional Activities - Day 5

Snorkelling
Playa Ancón

Rent a mask and snorkel and head out into the warm blue-green waters off the Ancón Peninsula. Centuries of ocean currents have created beautiful beaches, a perfect backdrop to see coral, fish and shells. Explore the reef just offshore from Playa Ancón and be sure to wear lots of sunscreen!

 
Biking
Trinidad

Rent a bike, pack some water, put on a hat and head south of Trinidad toward the beaches. La Boca is a small seaside village at the mouth (“boca”) of a river about 5km (3 mi) from town. Keep going and end up at Playa Ancón. Avid cyclers can head towards Sugar Mills Valley 18kms (11 mi) away to explore the historical site, but just a heads-up, the route is very hilly. 

 
Diving
Playa Ancón

The waters around Cuba are known for their gentle tides, warmth and diversity of underwater flora and fauna. Grab a mask and tank, pull on some flippers and head down into the depths to discover all this for yourself. Off the Ancón Penninsula, find a narrow shelf with a sandy bottom, home to marine sponges, black coral and schools of colourful tropical fish.

Accommodation

 
Homestay Trinidad Jesus Pineda (or similar)
Homestay

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 6Trinidad

Enjoy a free day to explore the area. Enjoy a group dinner at a local host's house.

 

 
Free Time
Trinidad

Explore this beautiful colonial town and its surrounding beach and attractions.

 
Local Living: Trinidad Homestay
 

Live amongst the locals in this “casa particular”, Cuba’s equivalent of a bed & breakfast homestay. Learn about the lifestyle, culture and real-life realities of our hosts. Enjoy an open-air meal on top of the main house one evening. More intimate than a hotel, experience a slice of Cuban life as it’s actually lived.

Optional Activities - Day 6

Snorkelling
Playa Ancón

Rent a mask and snorkel and head out into the warm blue-green waters off the Ancón Peninsula. Centuries of ocean currents have created beautiful beaches, a perfect backdrop to see coral, fish and shells. Explore the reef just offshore from Playa Ancón and be sure to wear lots of sunscreen!

 
Diving
Playa Ancón

The waters around Cuba are known for their gentle tides, warmth and diversity of underwater flora and fauna. Grab a mask and tank, pull on some flippers and head down into the depths to discover all this for yourself. Off the Ancón Penninsula, find a narrow shelf with a sandy bottom, home to marine sponges, black coral and schools of colourful tropical fish.

 
Biking
Trinidad

Rent a bike, pack some water, put on a hat and head south of Trinidad toward the beaches. La Boca is a small seaside village at the mouth (“boca”) of a river about 5km (3 mi) from town. Keep going and end up at Playa Ancón. Avid cyclers can head towards Sugar Mills Valley 18kms (11 mi) away to explore the historical site, but just a heads-up, the route is very hilly. 

Accommodation

 
Homestay Trinidad Jesus Pineda (or similar)
Homestay

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7Trinidad/Havana

Stop by Santa Clara en route to Havana and visit important historical sites, including the famous Che monument. Discover Old Havana on a short walking tour with the CEO.

 

 
Private Vehicle
Trinidad – Havana8h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 
Santa Clara Visit
Santa Clara

Stop by Santa Clara en route to Trinidad and visit important historical sites, including the famous Ché monument. Santa Clara played a key role in the Cuban Revolution. In 1958, rebels led by Ernesto (Ché) Guevara captured an army garrison and they bulldozed and derailed a train full of troops and supplies bound for Havana. Visit the monument and site (referred to as “Tren Blindado”), as well as the Museo Histórico de la Revolución, which chronicles the Battle of Santa Clara and honours the revolutionary hero with a large bronze statue.

 
Havana City Walking Tour
Havana

Take a walking tour of Havana and find out what your CEO loves best about this amazing city. See city highlights that may include La Catedral de San Cristóbal de La Habana, the Palacio de los Marqueses de Aguas Claras (which now houses a restaurant), the Museo de Arte Colonial and the Plaza de Armas, with its statue of Manuel de Céspedes (one of the leaders of the Cuban independence movement). Use this walk as a jumping off point to explore the rest of this lively city.

Accommodation

 
Casa Consulado 106 (or similar)
Homestay

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 8Havana

Depart at any time.

 

 
Departure Day
 

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. 

Meals included:

 Breakfast

 

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