The very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give our travelers real life experiences without compromising the part of the world we are exploring; to travel responsibly is at the heart of our commitment as a global tour operator.
This 22 day adventure through glorious Cuba explores a country rich in culture and history, with breath taking landscapes and welcoming locals. For us, the operator, the aim is to give you, our traveler, the vacation of a lifetime, whilst at all times upholding our ideal of low impact and even positive impact tourism. Traveling with us, you can be certain that your trip will benefit local economies, support local industry and initiative, and do its utmost to protect the environment.
Operated in close collaboration with our Cuban partners, your support team on the ground will all be locals, recruited in country and trained to our own high standards; this includes your English speaking guide and your driver. Working in this way not only provides stable long term employment opportunities within Central America, but we believe gives our travelers the best vacation experience possible. The saying goes ‘a little local knowledge goes a long way’ and we believe when traveling this is invaluable.
For most of this trip you’ll be staying in homestay accommodation, as the guests of local hosts. For most travelers, this a major highlight of their visit, providing a great opportunity for travelers to interact with everyday Cubans, as well as providing a good income for the home owners. All the houses we use have a private bathroom for the guests with a hot water shower.
Many of the meals on this trip are at your own expense giving you the freedom to choose the places you eat. You’ll notice that your group leader will tend to favour smaller, often family run restaurants if you ask for advice, or if you are all dining together (a very common occurrence, but by no means compulsory!). Supporting these smaller businesses is a great way of putting money back into local economies, but they are also often the places that the locals eat and where we can get the best regional specialities.
In addition to supporting local communities as we travel, we design our vacations to be as environmentally responsible as possible and we ask all of our travelers to assist us with this through their behaviour on tour. Whether snorkelling in Trinidad or Maria La Gorda, or stretching your legs during one of the many hiking opportunities on this trip, we ask that you take on board the briefings given to you as they are to protect you and the environment you are exploring.
We want our visit to Cuba to assist in the preservation of the regions we visit and you will be encouraged to treat them all with care. For example, your leader will brief you on the dos and don’ts of snorkelling to help protect the fragile marine environments or, when walking, you’ll be encouraged to stick to the marked pathways and trails, treating all destinations with respect.
Your group leader will also be on hand throughout to assist with the appropriate disposal of rubbish en route, recycling wherever possible and we encourage all our travelers to use refillable water bottles with purification tablets rather than contributing to the rapidly escalating problem caused by the copious number of plastic bottles discarded globally on a daily basis.
As a company we are very aware of the negative effect carbon emissions have on our environment and as such operate a carbon neutral policy; offsetting the ground emissions of all our passengers on all our trips. On this particular tour of Cuba that equates to 695kgs of carbon offset per passenger, per departure.