- Trekking & Hiking
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Welcome to Havana! A member of our local team will meet you at the airport and we transfer to our hotel in the city.
This morning we wake up in lively Havana and start exploring! We will take a walking tour of the colonial squares in the old city. This really is like taking a step back in time, the cobblestoned streets are dotted with cascading fountains and art galleries can be discovered in little hidden courtyards. The air is filled with music and cigars as you wonder the streets and soak up this captivating Caribbean city. After a guided tour and some lunch at a local restaurant there is plenty of time to explore independently.
Today we leave Havana and head to the region of Las Terrazas. We visit a small community living within a protected natural park and take time to chat with the locals and discover the stunning flora and fauna to be found here. The highlight of the day is high speed zip line through the jungle canopy and out over the lake! In the afternoon we reach our hotel and settle down for the evening.
Today begins with a 2 hour horse ridding excursion through the spectacular Vinales valley. The valley was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1999 partly due to the traditional farming methods still in use here but also thanks to the unique landscape. The valley is dotted with immense dome shaped limestone outcrops that rise up to 300m. After lunch we visit Moncada Valley, home to the largest cave in Cuba, Santo Tomas.
After breakfast we return to the valley of Vinales to continue exploring on foot. We are welcomed by the local community who invite us in to their homes to experience some authentic local cuisine and we will also get a salsa dancing lesson! We spend a lazy afternoon in a local bar sipping cocktails and listening to music, there will be plenty of opportunity to try out your new salsa skills.
Breakfast eaten, we head to the Palma Rubia port to board a boat, it is just over an hours crossing to the paradise island of Cayo Levisa. Here we can go snorkeling amidst the rich fauna and flora of the coral reef around us and relax on a white sandy beach under the shade of a palm tree.
Today we jump back on our vehicle and head toward Santa Clara stopping for lunch in the Zapata Swamp region. On arrival in Santa Clara there is time to explore the town and visit the Che Guevara Mausoleum memorial before settling into our hotel for the night.
This morning we head south and enter the beautiful Sierra del Escambray, a drive of just over an hour. We arrive at the village of El Salto de Hanabanilla that sits on the shore of Lake Hanabanilla. This is the starting point for our kayaking trip through this stunning mountain range. We take some time to sort out our equipment and glide out into the lake after lunch. Our first destination is the Rio Negro, where we will find our campsite and enjoy dinner in a typical restaurant in the middle of the lake.
Our kayak expedition continues today as we leave the Rio Negro and paddle south east along the lake toward the Cortina Jibacoa dam. Gliding through the water we will come across tiny villages, local fishermen, waterfalls emerging from the forests and pelicans drifting on the surface of the lake. At Jibacoa, we meet our vehicle again and drive south along the Rio Guanayara to our accommodation at Gallega Farm.
We start today with a hike through the jungle following the bank of the remote Guanayara River. Natural swimming pools and incredible plant and bird species are just waiting to be discovered. After lunch we take the road to Topes de Collantes National Park and visit a local coffee plantation before continuing to our accommodation in Trinidad.
A day dedicated to discovering the beautiful and unique city of Trinidad, a living museum where time seems to have stopped. Wonder through the colourful streets and meet local inhabitants known for their hospitality. We visit the craft market and the potter's house before taking your second salsa class, this time with a team of professionals!
Today we say farewell to Trinidad and take the road north toward Cayo Santa Maria on the opposite side of the island. We pause on the way to visit Sancti Spiritus, one of the oldest European settlements in Cuba. We arrive at Cayo Santa Maria in time for lunch and spend the rest of the afternoon just relaxing and exploring this little paradise of turquoise waters and white sands.
Today you have a choice of optional activities. You may like to hire kayaks or go for a catamaran excursion, spend the morning swimming in the 30°C water or just lounge in a deckchair and work on your tan. After lunch, we meet our driver and start our journey back to Havana. We arrive back in the city in the late afternoon and settle in at the hotel.
Enjoy a final morning in Havana, do some shopping and soak up the lively musical atmosphere of the city one final time. Transfer to the airport.
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