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On arrival at Havana airport, transfer to Havana la Vieja (approx. 30 - 40mins) to our hotel. We take dinner in the hotel this evening.
This morning we’ll set out and explore the main plazas,
sights and sounds of Old Havana. After lunch in a ‘paladar’ private restaurant,
we’ll leave Havana and transfer eastwards to the central Escambray mountain range.
We’ll stop en route to visit the Che Guevara mausoleum at Santa Clara. Our
destination for the night is a hotel in Topes de Collantes National Park.
Today we plan to walk the Vegas Grandes Trail. We will walk
about 10km on a fairly good path.
After breakfast we drive a short distance from Los Helechos
hotel takes us to the start point of Javira – El Cubano trail and walk about
9km. Afterwards we transfer to Trinidad and check in to our ‘casa particular’
homestays in time to enjoy the lively night life of this picturesque Caribbean
town and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Today we’ll take a walking tour of Trinidad town. There are
no planned activities for the afternoon so you’ll have free time to explore the
colourful cobbled streets of Trinidad at leisure. There are plenty of bars and
restaurants to pop in to, as well as souvenir buying opportunities and live
music venues. Your tour guide will recommend optional activities the night
before and will be available to help today with any assistance that is needed.
Help will also be available all day at our central hub casa, where you are free
to come and go as you please. The nearby beach at Playa Ancon is worth a visit
for anyone who fancies a relaxing day of sunshine and sea. Trinidad is home to
many live music and dance venues, some of which are open-air, making it a great
place to have a night out on the town.
Today involves a long journey as we transfer down to Holguin
in the east of the island. The journey will take most of the day but we will
have plenty of stops on the way.
Today we travel along the picturesque north coast down to
Baracoa. Before arriving in Baracoa, we’ll stop and walk the ‘Juncal Rencontra’
trail. The trail will be about 7km so we have plenty of time to stretch the
We have a full day to explore the surrounding area of Baracoa. We will walk to Mata Bay & Cajuaco Beach. On the way we will pass through local small holdings and get a good insight into living from the land in Cuba. In season all manner of fresh fruit will be on offer. The walk itself is 8km with 100m of ascent and descent. It is easy underfoot but can be slippery after rain. Walking poles can be a help.
After breakfast we’ll depart Baracoa to the south, passing
Playa Imias and Guantanamo before arriving to Santiago de Cuba. Here we’ll do a
walking tour of the main points of interest around the city, Santa Ifigenia Cemetery,
Plaza de Revolucion and Castillo de San Pedro, and then have lunch. Afterwards
we transfer by road onwards to Bayamo, passing El Cobre cathedral en route.
Today’s walk takes us into the heart of the Sierra Maestra
and to its most infamous landmark, Fidel Castro’s secret hideout and the
revolutionary headquarters for the 26th July movement. We leave the hotel in
Bayamo and transfer up into the Sierra Maestra mountain range. From Villa Santo
Domingo we switch to jeeps which take us up the steep road to the start of the
trail at Alto del Naranjo, located approx. 950m above sea level. The terrain is
not difficult however the trail gets very muddy underfoot when it has been
raining. The majority of the walk is under shaded tree canopy, with undulating
terrain on muddy single trails and some manmade steps made from tree trunks in
the final section. Along the route we’ll no doubt see some birdlife (Tocororo,
woodpeckers etc.) in the lush vegetation and many tree species that are found
in the Sierra Maestra, of course in addition to learning all about the
revolutionary fighting and political plotting that took place here in the late
1950s. Points of interest after arriving to Comandancia de la Plata include the
site of the original Radio Rebelde broadcasts, Fidel’s hut complete with its various escape routes and the helicopter landing
site used for the visits of political allies. The return walk follows the same
route back and we’ll stop to eat a picnic lunch at a farmer’s house, a local who
helped get food and supplies in to the mountain range for Fidel and his
comrades. Walk ends upon arrival back at Alto del Naranjo from where we’ll
descend in jeeps and transfer back to Bayamo.
Today is a travel day as we transfer back along the central
highway from Bayamo to Camaguey. We’ll take a bicitaxi tour of Camaguey after
We transfer to Banao, where we’ll stop to walk a leisurely
5km on ‘La Sanina’ trail and have lunch. Afterwards we continue on to Hotel
Hanabanilla, spectacularly situated beside a lake in the Escambray mountain
Today starts with a boat transfer along the edge of Lake Hanabanilla for around 20 minutes to a point where we’ll disembark at a ‘casa de campesino’ and start our walk. Today’s walk distance will be approximately 9km along the trail known as the Atalaya, taking us back to end at the hotel. The first part of the trail involves an ascent, at a gentle pace, most of which is under shaded cover, as we climb from approx. 400m up to a maximum altitude of 720m. 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 birdlife and tree species found in this part of Cuba. Arriving back at the hotel you’ll have time to go for a swim in the large swimming pool and relax before we go out together for dinner in a nearby ‘paladar’ private restaurant in Hanabanilla community.
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 continue on to Playa Giron located on the southern coastline,
site of the failed US invasion of Cuba in 1961. Here we’ll visit the museum
that commemorates the Cuban victory. Lunch today will be at Caleta Buena, with a
chance for a swim in the beautifully clear Caribbean waters. Later we transfer
from Playa Giron back to Havana for one final night.
This morning will be free time to enjoy your remaining time in Havana at leisure. We’ll meet up for lunch together and then transfer to the airport to catch our flight home.
We arrive back in the UK