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Cuban Trails

Cuba - a country on the cusp of change. Colourful houses, classic cars, rolling hills, cigars, colonial faded grandeur and plenty of great hiking trails.

  • Cuba

  • 12 nights
  • Jan





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Tour codes: 46000

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Our holiday walking grades


Grade 4

Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain.

Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well.

Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.


Holiday Highlights

  • Visit to a tobacco farm, learn to roll a cigar, and walk through tobacco plantations in the UNESCO Viñales Valley.
  • Explore the walking trails and colonial past of western Cuba.
  • Local guide throughout to experience the real Cuba.
  • Trinidad’s architecture, lush surrounds and cobbled streets.
  • Explore Old Havana the proper way - in a classic American car.
  • Experience the colonnaded central area and eclectic palaces in Cienfuegos - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There really is only one Cuba, a slow-paced and colourful country with salsa music pulsating through its veins. It's a country rich in history, where the old and the new converge as Cuba adapts to the end of the Castro era. Change is coming slowly but inevitably; so there really is no better time to visit.

Cuba is renowned for its colourful history and from the beginning of Spanish colonial times to the present day, the island has been pivotal in global struggles. But it also offers a diversity rarely found in other countries and an old-world beauty which makes this Caribbean island so appealing. 

From lush coffee and tobacco plantations around the Viñales Valley to tropical mountain forests and wildlife, and from colonial cities of Cuba's pre-revolution days to the golden sand beaches, Cuba has it all. Che Guevara murals line the walls with old men slapping down dominoes in street-lined cafes, music pulsating from every corner, and women dancing to the salsa beat while classic style 1950s cars cruise the streets. 

We begin our exploration with a guided walking tour through Old Havana before heading west to Viñales where we visit a tobacco farm, walk in the plantation, and learn to roll a cigar. The quintessential Cuba experience!

We visit the ecological hot spot of Las Terrazas in the Sierra del Rosario mountain, before continuing east and visiting the Che Guevara mausoleum, and walking around Hanabanilla Lake and through coffee plantations. 

Next is Trinidad for cultural and architectural delights in this wonderfully preserved colonial town. We will walk in Topes de Collantes close by and en route back to Havana, stop in Cienfuegos to visit the main plaza and see the distinctive sea wall promenade. We also visit the Botanic Gardens. Finally, we explore Old Havana in a classic American car.

  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Havana (Virgin Atlantic)
  • Airport transfers
  • Half board en suite accommodation
  • Eleven lunches
  • Cuban Tourist Card for UK residents
  • English speaking local Cuban guide
  • All local transport costs for walking and excursions.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.

Your Itinerary

Day 1





On arrival at Havana airport we transfer to our hotel on the seafront. This can take 30 – 40 mins depending on traffic. We take dinner in the hotel this evening. Weather allowing, we plan to eat in the open-air grounds surrounding the hotel.

Transfer Time = 40

Day 2



Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


We will spend the day on a walking tour of Havana. The old town is compact and easily discovered on foot. Listen out for the music which is such an important part of Cuban identity. We have an included lunch today in a local restaurant. In the afternoon we will take in some of the most important museums, such as the Rum museum, Museo de la Revolution and the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales.

Day 3



Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


Today we drive west to Vinales. The journey can take around three hours. On arrival we will walk in the romantically named, Valle del Silencio and visit a tobacco vega. You might even receive a demonstration of how to roll a Cuban cigar whilst here, a very valuable life skill. We will end the day with dinner at Finca Wilfredo.

Day 4



Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


We will continue our explorations of the Vinales Valley with a walk from San Vicente on the Resbaloso Trail. Expect to cover about 13km with minimal ascent and descent. The walk will take about 4 hours.

Day 5

Las Terrazas


Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

Departing early from Viñales we drive northwest via La Palma and continue on a rough-surface road in to La Guira National Park. The trailhead for today’s walk starts from the road and takes us up into a protected reserve known as Mil Cumbres. This is a lovely scenic trail through lush vegetation and local farms. It offers a great insight into rural life in Cuba. Our walk ends at Mil Cumbres lodge where we’ll enjoy refreshments before continuing by bus on a winding road through the mountain range, before arriving at our destination, Las Terrazas Biosphere Reserve. Here we check in to the hotel for the night.

Day 6

Las Terrazas


Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


After breakfast we have a short transfer to Soroa. On arrival we have a look around the local Orchid Garden before setting out on our walk to the ‘Canada del Infierno’ Trail. En route we pass two old coffee plantations, Santa Catalina and San Pedro. The ruins covered in vegetation are an impressive sight. There are a few places where we must cross streams, after rain you might need to take boots off and paddle. From the end of the walk we will transfer to the Las Terrazas community and later walk to the hotel.

Day 7



Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Today we have a long transfer east but plenty to enjoy on the way. We will drive to Hanabanilla via Santa Clara. The journey to Santa Clara takes about 5 hours. We will stop here for lunch and to visit the Che Guevara mausoleum and monument. Another important site here is the train that the Cuban rebels derailed in 1958. The wagons remain as they lay after the derailment. Both places are of great importance for Cubans to many of whom Guevara remains a hero. We have another 90mins drive on to Hanabanilla where we stay next to the lake.

Day 8



Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


Today begins with a 20min boat transfer along the edge of Lake Hanabanilla to a point where we’ll disembark at a ‘casa de campesino’ for the start of our walk. Today’s walk will be approximately 9km along the trail known as the Atalaya, which will take us back to finish at the hotel. The first part of the trail involves an ascent at a gentle pace, most of which is under shaded cover. Along the route we’ll encounter several small family properties and see coffee plantations, as well as intermittent views of Lake Hanabanilla. Our local guide will talk about the bird life and tree species found in this part of Cuba. After arriving back to the hotel, you’ll have time for a swim in the large swimming pool or to relax before we head out together for dinner in a nearby ‘paladar’ private restaurant in Hanabanilla community.

Day 9



Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

After breakfast and packing our bags we set out to walk from Cortina de Jibacoa to Guanayara. On finishing the walk we transfer to Trinidad, one of the best preserved Spanish colonial towns in the Americas. We stay in Casas Particulares, private houses in the centre of Trinidad. It is a unique experience. We have time to explore the city on foot in the cool of the evening when the day trippers have gone. An ideal time!

Day 10



Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


Today we drive out to Topes de Collantes National Park to spend time enjoying the cooler mountain air. We plan to walk the Vegas Grandes Trail, a varied and fascinating walk through tropical forest with many native plants and birds. It goes to the Vegas Grandes waterfall for a possible swim or chance to explore in bare feet or sandals that you don't mind getting wet.

Day 11



Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Today we make our way back towards Havana, stopping en route in Cienfuegos to visit the main plaza and see the distinctive sea wall promenade. We will also visit the Botanic Gardens. Finally, we arrive in Havana for our last night in Cuba. On arrival we will have a one-hour city tour in classic America cars. These cars are perhaps the most well-known image Cuba presents to the rest of the world. It is an experience to be savoured and will present various photo opportunities.

Day 12

In flight



After breakfast in the hotel we have free time until we leave for the airport later in the day. There should be plenty of time for a walk to Old Havana for anybody who so desires. It is a short transfer back to the airport.

Day 13


We arrive back in the UK.

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Departure dates for your selected tour

20th Jan 2023 - 1st Feb 2023 (12 Nights)

17th Feb 2023 - 1st Mar 2023 (12 Nights)

17th Nov 2023 - 29th Nov 2023 (12 Nights)

8th Dec 2023 - 20th Dec 2023 (12 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Havana (Virgin Atlantic)
  • Airport transfers
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights Premium Economy, Business or First Class and most low-cost carriers have extra legroom seats. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • Visa is required and supplied by Ramblers Walking Holidays. This will be included within your final documents.


Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Nacional de Cuba

The Hotel Nacional is a Cuban institution. Situated on the famous ‘Malecon’ seafront in Havana it was welcoming celebrities in pre-revolution days. Built in 1930 and renovated in 1992, it maintains its period character. The Hotel Nacional de Cuba was declared a National Monument and it was inscribed in the World Memory Register.  With its privileged location in the middle of Vedado, the center of Havana, it stands on a hill just a few meters from the sea, and offers a great view of the Havana Harbour; the seawall and the city. 

Hotel La Ermita

La Ermita is a small hotel located in the world famous Viñales Valley. The hotel offers a simple standard, yet homely and welcoming. Amenities and services include swimming pool, snack bar, restaurant and grill, Wi-Fi, currency exchange, massage and recreational activities.

Hotel Moka

The Hotel Moka opened in 1994, taking elements of traditional Cuban and local architecture. With a giant tree growing straight through the lobby and a clever design which brings the outdoors in, Hotel Moka is one of Cuba’s most charming and unique properties. Intimate, romantic, and fun, it makes for a memorable stay.

Hotel Hanabanilla

Hotel Hanabanilla sits between hills and high mountains on the shores of Lake Hanabanilla in the main mountain range in the center of Cuba, the Sierra del Escambray.  With its wonderful natural setting, services include swimming pool, bar and lounge area and wonderful garden.

Casas Particulares

Casas Particulares are homestays with Cuban families in a network that stretches across the country. Expect homecooked meals, a warm welcome, and unique insight into daily Cuban life.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This Grade 4 moderate holiday includes full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain and is likely to include an element of sightseeing as well. Half day walking will probably include about 3 hours of walking, with full days having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to about 600m. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

Walks & Excursions

This holiday seeks to explore many aspects of Cuba with a diverse programme of city and country walks together with some periods of sightseeing and travelling. There should be walks taking us on paths and tracks through tropical forests, coffee and cacao plantations and farmland, usually of less than 5 miles, but taking 2-3 hours and involving up to 600m of ascent. Please note on some of the walks there may be short sections at the top of the grade and on some days swimming opportunities.

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Country Currency

The currency situation in Cuba is, as ever, fluid. For many years the Cubans had two currencies. In simply terms the Cuban Peso (CUP) was for locals and the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC) for tourists. However, the CUC has been discontinued and  Cuba’s sole official national currency is the CUP. Unfortunately, that is not the end of the story. The value of the CUP has dropped dramatically during Covid and everyone in Cuba wants EURO   It is best to bring cash in €5, €10 or €20 notes. You’ll be able to use euro pretty much everywhere and especially in bars and restaurants where proprietors actively prefer payments in a stable currency over payments in CUP.  Although EUR cash can easily be exchanged into CUP cash, it makes sense to keep the bulk of your cash in EUR as restaurants will give you a far better rate of exchange than the official one.   Currently the official exchange rate is approximately €1 = CUP30  while the unofficial rate is €1 = CUP80. 

Euros are currently the most accepted currency in Cuba and can be used anywhere.    USD cash cannot be exchanged anywhere, so don’t bring any.   This is a recent change on travel advice so please don’t assume that this information is incorrect.  You will not be able to exchange USD anywhere. Sterling is exchangeable at the local exchange bureaux but the current official rate of exchange bears no relation to the much higher rate of exchange on the street.   Put simply, if you bring sterling and exchange your money in the official CADECA exchange offices, your trip to Cuba will be needlessly expensive. 

There are now a growing number of cash machines in towns and airports, and these accept most UK credit and debit cards. Before travelling to Cuba, you should check with your card provider that your cards are valid for use in Cuba. Cards issued by US banks are not accepted. Also note commission charges on ATM transactions can be expensive.

If you opt for cash, obviously concealed body belts and hotel safes (when available) are good choices! Notes should be clean with no writing on them or tears.


Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high.  In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

A supply of small denomination notes and coins is very useful. The people are poor and you’ll find that they do not resent small tips – but ensure that you do receive a service, however small. On occasions tipping may be best co-ordinated through your Ramblers Walking Holidays leader.

The local guide and driver accompanying the tour tend to be mines of information relating to all aspects of Cuban life and the country, and are also excellent travelling companions.  Should you wish to tip our Cuban colleagues, you may wish to consider an allowance of £ 2.00 per day for the driver and guide.  It must be stressed however that such tips are at your own discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Entry Requirements

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General passport advice for UK nationals on the UK Government website.

FCDO Travel Advice

You must ensure you check all entry requirements in good time by reviewing the official FCDO advice for your destination. Please take time to read and regularly check this website for changes to the entry requirements and any local restrictions.

Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination

You may be required to provide proof that you have been fully vaccinated when travelling or in your destination. Proof of vaccination can either be digital via the NHS app or a printed copy via NHS Hard Copy. We recommend allowing seven working days for your printed copy to arrive. Please note both the NHS app and printed copy are only valid for 30 days.

We anticipate that all travellers will need to be fully vaccinated including the booster jab and to carry proof of this with them at all times. Some indoor venues require, and may ask for proof of vaccination, as well as masks becoming mandatory for indoor public spaces, and we ask you to be prepared for this.

Face Masks

Some airlines or destinations are requiring the wearing of FFP2, FFP3, KN95 or N95 masks without a valve. You should check the FCDO advice for your destination and with your airline before you travel, although you may wish to have one of these masks on hand just in case.

Passport Information for Cuba

A passport is required which should be valid for the duration of your intended stay. Please note the Cubans are now stamping passports on arrival in Cuba unless requested not to. 
If you prefer to not have a Cuban stamp in your passport, for instance if you plan to travel to the USA on the passport, please inform the immigration official who deals with your entry formalities. 
We will send you a Tourist Card (a type of visa) with your airline ticket allowing you to stay for up to 30 days. Please check that the information on this Tourist Card is accurate, and then keep it with your passport – replacing a lost document will cost approximately $25, and you will not be allowed to leave Cuba until payment has been made. Please note we can only issue Tourist Cards to UK, EU, EE.UU, Canada, Australia and New Zealand passport holders. Clients travelling under any other passport must contact their nearest Cuban Embassy to obtain a Tourist Card. 
Should you anticipate visiting or transiting the United States at a future date, we strongly recommend that you ensure that you have no evidence of your visit to Cuba in your travel documentation, and that any Cuban baggage labels are removed from your luggage. 
The US government has imposed commercial and travel restrictions on Cuba and have banned unauthorised visits by US travellers to Cuba, even if booking and travelling via a third country. Non US citizens should be aware that a visit to Cuba may affect their status on entering the United States. Although we do not advocate breaking the laws of any country, as a part of our responsible tourism policy we do promote a reasonable philosophy towards all nations and cultures.


Breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday charge, and will be taken either at the hotels or in local restaurants. When staying in the Casas in Trinidad, breakfast will be taken in the casa where you stay. For dinner the group will eat altogether in one of the casas. There is a communal bar where everyone can meet and socialise. Service in Cuban restaurants and bars can be a little slower than you may be used to.

Lunches are provided and may be packed or restaurant meals.

Please note, vegetarian eating is not widespread in Cuba, and that some tolerance or patience may be needed at mealtimes. Should you require a gluten free diet or have other special dietary needs, we suggest that you take some of your own provisions with you.

Footwear & Kit List


Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Country Specific Kit

Wildlife and scenery viewing experiences are always improved with binoculars. For seeing a bird in the treetops or picking out some detail on the horizon they are invaluable. If you have a pair, please bring them with you on your holiday. On some holidays it will be appropriate to have them with you all the time. Sometimes you might prefer to avoid carrying the extra weight. Your tour leader will always be happy to advise which days it will be particularly useful to take them.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Cuba

The electricity supply is generally 110V at 60 Hz, although some hotels now operate on 220V, or both. Please check what supply is provided before plugging in any electrical device.  Please note that any appliance set for 110V will almost immediately burn out if connected to a 220V supply. Most sockets cater for the round pin EU style plugs, however you will also come across flat pin US style plugs. You should bring both kinds of adapters, as these are not easily available in Cuba. More information can be found at

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

There are many travel guides covering Cuba to suit every taste. The Rough Guide and Lonely Planet Guide are the most well known but many others should considered. In fiction Cuba is most famously featured in Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene. It is an interesting insight into life in pre-revolutionary Cuba. There are many worthy tomes considering the revolution from every political perspective. Readability was not always high on the author's agenda. Choose carefully.

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs

Tel: 01684 593 146

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.


Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for Cuba

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Cuba.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

Hepatitis A immunisation is recommended.

You might also like to consider immunisations against Tetanus, Cholera, Hepatitis B and Rabies.

Dengue fever, Zika virus and Chikungunya virus also exist in Cuba; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites. Seek pre-travel Zika virus advice from your health care provider 6-8 weeks in advance of travel, particularly important if you are pregnant or planning pregnancy.

Diarrhoea & Boiled Water

Don’t forget to exercise caution with what you eat to avoid upset stomachs and stay away from unpeeled fruit and vegetables, salad and do not have ice in your drinks. Hot, fresh cooked food, where possible, is best. 

Hand washing facilities may be poor or unavailable when travelling, we therefore strongly advise you to carry antibacterial sanitizing gel and / or hand wipes at all times and use to them regularly.

Drinking or cleaning teeth in un-boiled water is not recommended.  Bottled pure water is inexpensive and widely available in shops, at hotels, and on the coach. Make sure you only buy sealed bottles.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Ramblers Walking Holidays that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the trip, including all optional activities.

Your travel insurance policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation. Please ensure your policy covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are walking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover are not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

Covid-19 Cover

If you should have symptoms and test positive for Covid-19 whilst abroad, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative and you may have to seek treatment. We strongly recommend that you take out an insurance policy that covers you for this eventuality.

Looking for travel insurance?

If you have not already arranged cover, please visit SunWorld who offer travel insurance.

SunWorld policies include cover for COVID-19, subject to applicable terms and conditions.

Extra Insurance

Cuban law requires all foreign nationals arriving in Cuba to be able to produce proof they have valid travel insurance including medical insurance and cover for evacuation by air ambulance for the duration of their intended stay. All visitors should have a photocopy of their full policy, not just a cover note, available for inspection by authorities on arrival at Havana Airport. Spot checks will be made at immigration. Anybody unable to produce the documents will be required to purchase a Cuban policy.

Your insurance cover should specifically confirm that travel to Cuba is covered by the policy as cover issued by insurance companies based in the United States will not be valid in Cuba.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.


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    Cuban Peso

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  • Time Difference

    UTC -04:00

  • Flight duration

    9hrs from UK

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Visa Required

Average weather

  • January


    Avg. Rain: 36mm

  • February


    Avg. Rain: 35mm

  • March


    Avg. Rain: 39mm

  • April


    Avg. Rain: 55mm

  • May


    Avg. Rain: 137mm

  • June


    Avg. Rain: 143mm

  • July


    Avg. Rain: 99mm

  • August


    Avg. Rain: 131mm

  • September


    Avg. Rain: 157mm

  • October


    Avg. Rain: 169mm

  • November


    Avg. Rain: 63mm

  • December


    Avg. Rain: 36mm

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