“Choose between private transfer or hire car to travel around Cuba and stay overnight within local communities far from the typical tourist hot spots.”
HighlightsOld Havana | Viñales | UNESCO biosphere Las Terrazas | Cienfuegos | Trinidad | Varadero |
Description of Cuban casa holidayTake a couple of weeks to really sway to the Latin American rhythm of the Caribbean as you travel overland and homestay in Cuba spending at least two nights at a range of different urban, rural and beachside locations.
A Cuba homestay is all about home cooking, cultural exchanges and finding out more about local family lifestyles with every casa particular offering a unique insight into just what it means to be part of one of the Caribbean’s most fascinating island nations.
En-suite guest bedrooms and your own front door key gives travellers a comfortable slice of freedom alongside the value for money that Cuba homestays offer, with hospitable local communities featuring further opportunities to unearth the real Cuba away from the tourist hordes.
From classic cars and peeling facades in Havana to rustic cigar and coffee plantations in Vinales and Las Terraz, this homestay in Cuba holiday has got the lot with a well-deserved beach break in Varadero, via time spent in Trinidad, definitely the ideal way to round off this exciting two week tour.
Responsible tourism: Cuban casa holiday
EnvironmentThis itinerary will have you staying in locally run casa particulares every step of the way. Similar to a guest house or bed and breakfast, this type of accommodation is owned and run by Cuban families, normally within their family home. There are often only a handful of rooms which lowers the impact on the local environment. This is particularly important in Las Terrazas due to its unique ecosystem. The casa here is actually located in nearby Soroa, thereby reducing the environmental impact on the Las Terrazas biosphere.
You'll also have plenty of opportunities to leave the vehicles behind you and explore the area in a different way. Ride a horse through the undulating hills of Vinales and walking to the hidden waterfalls of Las Terrazas. Afterall, travelling on foot is the most sustainable way to get around.
As you travel through Vinales and Las Terrazas you'll discover the local way of life and the art of tobacco and coffee production. You'll gain an understanding of the fine balance between turning a healthy profit and preserving the environment in these areas.
Meanwhile at our office in sunny Brighton we are keen recyclers and have worked hard towards closed-loop recycling. We buy our paper from the same people who recycle our used paper, making for a happier planet. Since we offer our staff a free healthy lunch every working day, we also collect all our food waste for composting so it doesn’t end up in landfill.CommunityBy staying in Casa particulars throughout this itinerary you’re putting money directly into the pockets of the people who need it most. As there are only a handful of rooms in each casa, staying here also helps to reduce the impact tourism can have on the local culture.
As well as using local accommodation we also use local guides during all our excursions and only operate them privately or in small groups. Again, this helps to reduce the negative impact on the local culture. By employing local guides we’re helping to stimulate growth in these areas. For example in Las Terrazas many of the guides are former farmers, who since working as guides are not only protecting the environment but are also financially better off.
In Trinidad you'll discover the city by local bici-taxi with a local guide. This supports the local people at a grass-roots level and you'll discover a unique side to the city through his in-depth local knowledge.
We work with a local partner in Cuba who also believes in putting people first. They work together with several artists, dancers, and intellectuals in Cuba and stimulate cultural tourism by organizing workshops, tours and courses to promote Cuban culture.
|Day 1-4:||Classic Cars in Havana:
Havana has a distinct, exotic personality that you won’t find anywhere else on the planet. During this trip, you’ll spend two nights in the heart of timeless Old Havana and take a city tour by classic car and foot. It's the perfect way to explore the mix of crumbling colonial beauty, peeling bygone glamour and colossal Caribbean soul. Next, you’ll travel to the tobacco town of Viñales either by hire car or by private transfer. Today’s travel time will take between 3-4 hours.|
|Day 4-6:||Rolling through Tobacco Hills:
Ride horseback through the rolling hills of Viñales, Cuba’s rustic cigar region. A stubborn, scenic village that refuses to be changed by tourism, Viñales feels totally timeless. You’ll explore the valley on horseback and on foot, learning about the art of cigar-rolling and meet the local guajiros. If you’re looking for an authentic experience, you’ve found it. Life isn’t staged in Viñales, it simply unfolds as it has done for decades. Next, you’ll hop in your hire car or private transfer and set off on the 90min journey to Las Terrazas.|
|Day 6-9:||Explore the Coffee Fields:
Las Terrazas, Cuba’s pioneering eco-village is a beautiful natural playground just begging to be explored. Walk to hidden waterfalls, get to know the forest on foot and discover how coffee is grown. During this trip, you’ll spend 2 nights in a casa in nearby Soroa. Now protected under UNESCO biosphere status, Las Terrazas is an example of eco-tourism at its very best. Whether you are travelling by transfer or hire car, there is a long 5 hour journey ahead of you next. If you’re travelling by transfer then it’s an early start as you head to Cienfuegos. If you are travelling by hire car, it’s possible to stop at the Bay of Pigs, the scene of America’s ill fated invasion of Cuba. You’ll spend the night in a casa in Cienfuegos before travelling on a further 90mins to Trinidad the next day.|
Trinidad was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. On the day after your arrival, you’ll head out for a tour of the outskirts of Trinidad with a local guide on a bici-taxi. He’ll take you on a voyage of discovery and show you life behind the facades of the coloured cobblestone streets. During your trip he will also show you schools, tobacco and cigar factories, laundry facilities, and local outlets of fresh fruit. It will give you a real insite into real life in Cuba. Next, you’ll travel to Varadero by hire car or private transfer, it’s just under 3 hours worth of driving today..|
|Day 11-15:||Lazy Days in Varadero:
Sometimes called the world’s greatest beach, tourists flock to Varadero like flamingoes to a lagoon. It’s easy to see why. A classic tropical paradise, it’s home to swaying palms, powdery sands and shimmery sapphire waters. While it’s far from an authentic experience, it’s a great taste of the tropical highlife. Just 2 hours from Havana, what it lacks in castaway sensation, it makes up for in feel-good vibes. Finally, you’ll leave the immaculate white beaches behind as your Varadero beach trip comes to an end. If you’re travelling by hire car you’ll drop your car off in Varadero before heading to the airport. If you’re travelling by transfer, you’ll be collected from your hotel and driven the 2 hours back to Havana airport.|
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