Western Cuba Journey

The bursting culture of Havana paired with the outdoor adventure capital of Cuba, Viñales Valley.

Adventure Overview

The bursting culture of Havana paired with the outdoor adventure capital of Cuba, Viñales Valley.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit a rural school and feast on roasted pig at an artists' family home

  • Visit various artist workshops including silk-screening and one of Havana's most up and coming graphic designers

  • Explore Latin America's largest cave and hike to your hearts' content in Viñales Valley

  • Learn the various rhythms of Cuban percussion by a master drummer

  • Architecture
  • Culture
  • Dance
  • Hiking
  • Millenials
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Stand-up Paddleboard

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1 (Dinner)
Arrive on your flight to Havana by noon. After introductions, we’ll visit artist Jose Fuster at his enchantingly creative home in Jaimanitas, just West of Havana. On the way back stop in at a private artist’s home to meet Beatriz, who uses recycled iron, metal and rich glazes in her colorful ceramic statues, tiles and wall designs. Check into your private B&Bs (all located close together, if not in the same building or house) and head to the historic, luxe landmark Hotel National for a welcome mojito on the terrace and orientation talk from your expert guide. Dinner at a nearby paladar, one of the new wave of privately-owned restaurants in Havana that have drastically changed the dining experience in Cuba. Paladars are becoming known for their excellent service and increasingly upscale take on Cuban home cooking - a real treat!

Private bed and breakfasts or 3-star hotel, Havana
Day 2 (Breakfast, Lunch)
Start the day with a discussion on US/Cuban relations with a Cuban professor of International Relations from the University of Havana, followed by a walking tour of Old Havana where we will meet some of the new entrepreneurs of Cuba. We'll make stops at a traditional silkscreening workshop followed by a visit to one of the most exciting up-and-coming graphic designers studio. Lunch is at a unique paladar before heading to visit a successful community project in Marianao, a neighborhood infrequently visited by tourists. Have a chance to see a program where art and music workshops for children are held in temples where afro-cuban religion is practiced. You'll have free time to explore the city on your own in the afternoon. Dinner is on your own tonight.


Private bed and breakfasts or 3-star hotel, Havana
Day 3 (Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast, drive to Soroa where you’ll visit a rural school located in the hills of Artemisa province. Learn about the educational system and interact with the teachers and students before having a traditional pig roast lunch in a private artist home. Hike to a beautiful waterfall and have the chance to take a dip before continuing on to Viñales, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dinner is on your own tonight in Viñales.

Private bed and breakfasts, Viñales
Day 4 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
In the morning visit a tobacco farm to learn about the rich tradition of tobacco cultivation in this region. Don your helmets and headlamps and make your way to Santo Tomas Cave to explore with an expert specialist one of the largest caves in Latin America. After lunch and an opportunity to zip-line, enjoy a sunset mountain bike or horseback riding tour with local expert guides in the Valley. Talk about an action filled day! Dinner tonight is in your private bed and breakfast.


Private bed and breakfasts, Viñales
Day 6 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast, return to Havana and arrive around lunchtime. Enjoy lunch at a farm-to-table restaurant before checking out a farmer's market and ration store to better understand how Cubans shop for their everyday fruits and vegetables. Work on your rhythm with a drumming class highlighting various Cuban instruments. This evening gather with your group for your farewell dinner and live music at a local venue.

Private bed and breakfasts or 3-star hotel, Havana
Day 7 (Breakfast)
Today after breakfast you depart for your flight to return to the States.
Includes
- Air-conditioned transportation
- Airport transfer to/from Havana airport
- Expert bilingual tour guide
- 2 bottles of water per day
- Meals included as listed in itinerary
- Speaker and entrance fees
Excludes
- Tourist visa
- Airfare to/from Cuba
- Gratuities for guides or drivers
- Meals not specified in itinerary
- Personal items like laundry, phone calls, etc.
- Emergency or medical insurance while in Cuba (highly recommended)
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