Walking vacation in Cuba

From old town charm to organic farms via mountains, waterfalls and stunning national parks - you’ll set the pace on this 14-day walking tour of Cuba’s most beautiful parts.
Havana Organic farm visit Santa Clara (guided visit of Che Mausoleum) Homestay El Nicho hike & waterfall swim Cienfuegos Salto del Caburni trail Trinidad (guided visit) Sugar Mill Valley Topes de Collantes national park (guided walking in the Sierra de Escambray mountains) Las Terraza (eco community) Santa Serafina trail Canopy zip ride Soroa orchid gardens Viñales Tobacco Farm Pinar del Rio (cigar factory tour) Cueva Santo Tomas (Cuba’s largest accessible cave)
Price
£2725To£3125 excluding flights
Duration
14 Days
Type
Tailor made
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Suitable for 2 or more persons, including families with children (recommended minimum age 8 years for the hiking. Transfers and visas can be booked on request. Flights should be booked independently.
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Description of Walking vacation in Cuba

Price information

£2725To£3125 excluding flights
Suitable for 2 or more persons, including families with children (recommended minimum age 8 years for the hiking. Transfers and visas can be booked on request. Flights should be booked independently.
Make enquiry

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

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Our partners behind this vacation promote inclusivity on all their trips and across their business and we are all committed to ensuring travelers face no discrimination on any part of the trip they control.

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


Hurricane Ian

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


You need to speak and understand at least a little Spanish

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


Yes it supported local people and supported conservation.

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


Hurricane Ian severely disrupted our itinerary and we also had a couple of difficulties with transfers that went wrong but they were not the fault of the operator. Kath stayed in frequent contact with us throughout

Read the operator's response here:

It was unfortunate that the hurricane hit the island just as Ann and her husband were arriving but September is a peak period for such weather in the Caribbean and we did discuss this at the early stages of planning the trip.
A little bit of Spanish goes a long way in Cuba. Our guides all speak English, and most homestay hosts can also manage some English. However, drivers for private transfers may not have any English at all and it is unusual for local people to speak much English unless they are involved in tourism in some way or another. We are very careful about how these Cuban tours are organised, and we make sure that all our locally engaged colleagues, private accommodation providers and any other small private suppliers are paid well. On this trip our clients go hiking and walking in national parks and reserves which we have visited ourselves, and which we know are professionally managed.We were aware of the two transfers which did not work out as planned but they were quickly resolved. Our director Kath Bateman was in very regular contact due to our concern about Hurricane Ian which hit the very area of the island where this tour was taking place. Our local team were in constant contact with Ann and her husband as well as ourselves so we were aware of any amendments made to their itinerary necessary for their safety and security.


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Planet

When out on tour we encourage learning about the country we are traveling in, the local culture of the people we work with and the areas we pass through. Our guides and tour leaders hold informal talks with all groups to inform about and discuss with them all aspects of local life and the environment. This helps our visitors gain an understanding of the area and appreciation of the people who live there. All our specialist guides are professionally trained Cubans and they are treated and paid fairly. Where possible, we will provide items of hiking kit to our guides.

The trek in Cuba is fully guided by a knowledgeable leader who instructs guests on the best way to travel responsibly whilst hiking. It is our policy to carefully dispose of all waste whilst we are on trek. All non-organic waste is carried out and organic waste is buried at a suitable depth.

Food is purchased locally and we use food products with as little packaging as possible, and encourage cooking with local products. We cook with gas and use recyclable glass as opposed to plastic wherever possible.

We encourage everyone to stay in local homes - casas particular - whilst we are in Cuba so that our clients have an opportunity to meet and spend time with local people to learn something of local life. It also enables them to use their Spanish language skills, even at a basic level. Importantly, this also ensures that monies are spent at a very local level and go into the pockets of Cuban households.

We support local Cuban businesses in every aspect of our trips - accommodation, transport, meals, drinks and activities - thus contributing directly to the local economy and community. We also regularly organise donations for local schools and educational projects. We recommend that clients consider donations of items such as toiletries, baby and childrens clothing, some medicines and luxuries such as soap to the families they visit and projects we support.

We also regularly provide donations to two youth theatre and drama companies in Santiago de Cuba, bringing material for costumes and stage make from the UK or buying essential items locally such as paint for props.

On our hiking trips, we encourage the donation of appropriate items such as hiking shoes or boots, small rucksacks, water bottles, penknives or torches and other such items for the specialist guides accompanying the tour.

People

We include accommodation in casas particulares where possible, so that our clients have an opportunity to meet and spend time with local people in their homes to learn something of local life. It also enables them to use their Spanish language skills, even at a basic level. Importantly, this also ensures that monies are spent at a very local level and go into the pockets of Cuban households and communities. All our specialist guides are professionally trained Cubans and they are treated and paid fairly. Where possible, we will provide items of hiking kit to our guides.

We support local Cuban businesses in every aspect of our trips - accommodation, transport, meals, drinks and activities - thus contributing directly to the local economy and community. We also regularly organise donations for local schools and educational projects. We recommend that clients consider donations of items such as toiletries, baby and childrens clothing, any over the counter bought medicines to the families they visit and projects we support.
We also regularly provide donations to two youth theatre and drama companies in Santiago de Cuba, bringing material for costumes and stage make from the UK or buying essential items locally such as paint for props.

On our hiking trips, we encourage the donation of appropriate items such as hiking shoes or boots, small rucksacks, water bottles, penknives or torches and other such items for the specialist guides accompanying the tour.

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