2 independent reviews for Small group tours to Cuba

Reviews for Small group tours to Cuba

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review 28 Apr 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Walking through the Sierra Maestra to Fidel Castros's mountain hideout. Very evocative of the history, beautiful views and we saw Cuba's national bird (tocororo, I think). Also the homestays were very enjoyable with the one in Trinidad having a beautiful roof terrace

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Toiletry items appear to be welcome so consider taking extra soap and moisturising creams. Take soap powder for washing clothes which will dry quickly

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Staying in homestays and eating in private restaurants felt as though our money was going directly to the local people which was good.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Very enjoyable. Very good guide who fostered a sense of group cohesion on the tour and a nice mix of being guided and time to explore independently

review 13 Jan 2010

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Meeting the local people - they were genuinely warm and friendly. To be honest I was suspicious of their approaches at first, expecting the usual follow up request for money etc but they just wanted to chat, practice their English ... and help me with my Spanish!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

As with most vacations, I took old clothes with me that I would not normally wear in UK so that I did not have to return with them. Towards the end of the vacation I gave bags of clothes to those wanting them. It was not encouraging begging but did re-use/recycle un-wanted goods.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

The Parakeet vacation features many "home-stays" rather than hotels. This was not only giving money directly to the "owners" but also promoting trade with local farmers as the farmers would sell their excess produce to cater for the tourists. Much of the travel was also by local taxi or bicycle rather than the state run buses.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

A very enjoyable experience ... I have no reservations about visiting again or recommending it to others.

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