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This multi-adventure tour blends peaceful countryside excursions with authentic cultural encounters as you kayak and hike through Cuba. With visits to Colonial Havana, Zapata National Park, the Bay of Pigs, Playa Girón, Cienfuegos and Trinidad, you see for yourself Cuba’s fascinating history and multifaceted modernity. Colonial plazas and palaces, in a staggering array of disrepair and renovation, tell stories of a colonial past still merged with the dynamic present. The Cuban spirit infuses everything as you enjoy the vibrant music, dancing and people. And maybe a little rum and cigars to really feel the vibe.

Your tour will include snorkeling, kayaking through mangrove and coastal zones with the chance to see flamingos, river kayaking and hiking in the nature reserves. You will also get the chance to meet local people, learn what it is like to live there and cruise the streets in a classic car.

This itinerary is available as a fully legal People-to-People tour for US citizens if booked through Natural Wonders Tours.


Day 1

Arrive Havana – afternoon touring

Accommodations: Havana casa particular

Meals included: L, D


Day 2

Leave by 8:30 am to arrive at Hemingway museum by opening at 9:00.  Leave there by 10 to drive about 2.5 hours to village of Palpite for lunch.  Visit Bernabe and the bee hummingbirds.  Then a visit/performance at the Korimakoa art school in Palpite (a highlight for most folks).  Arrive Playa Larga around 4:30pm.  Time to walk on beach.

Accommodations: Playa Larga casa particular (Hostal Enrique)

Meals included: B, L, D


Day 3

All day paddle in Zapata National Park.  Return to Hostal Enrique for the night.   Evening presentation from Park staff.

Accommodations: Playa Larga casa particular (Hostal Enrique)

Meals included: B, L, D


Day 4

Drive about 20-30 minutes to snorkel place Punta Perdiz.  Snorkel.  Then hike the Enigma de Las Rocas.  Lunch in Playa Giron.  Visit museum of the Bay of Pigs battle.  Then drive 2.5 hours to Trinidad. Arrive by about 4:30 pm.  Dinner in town.

Accommodations: Trinidad casa particular

Meals included: B, L, D


Day 5

All day in Trinidad.  Suggest morning hike to Topas Collantes or Parque Cubano (closer) , then lunch in mountains, then kayak on river (like you did) then in Trinidad by 4pm to walk, explore.  Dinner on own.

Accommodations: Trinidad casa particular

Meals included: B, L


Day 6

Possible visit to Cueva Martin Infierno if possible (pending information) in the morning. If not possible, then extra time in Cienfuegos. Visit cigar factory before 1 PM, then have lunch and an afternoon walking tour and visiting with local people.

Accommodations: Cienfuegos casa particular

Meals included: B, L, D


Day 7

Morning kayak in the bay by town.  By 10:00 am depart for Havana.  1:00 pm lunch in the old city after which you will explore and visit various sights.    Evening classic car ride.

Accommodations: Havana casa particular

Meals included: B, L, D


Day 8

Fly home.

Optional: Add another day of touring in Havana.

Small Group Tours for 2-6 People, Support for the Cuban People

Higher end casa’s: $3,594 per person sharing

Traditional casa’s:$3,240 per person sharing

Prices include:

  • Experienced English-speaking guide(s)
  • Private pre-tour orientation meeting
  • Cuba Unbound hand-crafted itineraries including: carefully chosen people-to-people/support for the Cuban people activities, personal visits and presentations with experts in a variety of fields and topics, and access to exclusive experiences
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All meals as noted in itinerary
  • Certification of travel to Cuba under the U.S. Department of Treasury general license
  • Small group size: 2-6 guests
  • All entrance fees to include events and activities
  • Classic 1950’s American car transportation and regular taxi transport as indicated
  • Clean drinking water available at all times
  • Gratuities for specialized guides and presenters, luggage handling, restaurant staff, and activities throughout tour

Prices do not include:

  • Round-trip flight from US to Havana
  • Cuba Tourist Visa Fee
  • Guide gratuities (all gratuities for servers, and others who help us during our tour are included)

Personal expenses such as souvenirs, gifts, alcoholic drinks, additional drinks, entertainment fees not listed in itinerary, and incidentals.

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woman paddling Kayaking
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woman snorkaling
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