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We went on a bus, hotel and B&B tour of Cuba with four other families, whom we did not know beforehand. We all got on pretty well and are staying in touch. It was very, very hot, and sometimes not easy because of this, but Cuba is a great place, and really it's the Cubans who make it thus. They are a good-natured bunch and rightly proud of what their country has achieved against the odds, with high literacy and a live-expectancy close to UK levels.
The days spent in Trinidad and Havana were great. Seeing the wildlife and wild places was great. Sitting in with Cuban musicians and having the privilege of playing with some great people was prob the highlight for me
Our group leader Manual (de Sol I think) was fantastic - patient, knowledgeable, helpful, personable and humorous. He dealt really well with some medical problems which came up with one of the party (connected with pre-existing conditions, not anything directly to do with the trip) and was good at dealing with the inevitable other minor irks which occurred. I would recommend him highly to anyone going to Cuba
I'd also like to big up our driver Rodovaldo (Pepino) Lovely bloke and a careful driver.
1)Take lots of vest tops, and not too many T-shirts. They get sweaty straight off
2)Take more money in cash than you think you will need. You can change Cuban pesos back at the airport, but ATMs are far and few between and you can't rely on them. Take £50 per person per day -- you won't need it all but you'll be glad you've got it
3)Brush up on your Spanish, so that you can deal with locals. Some people speak basic English but you're far better off negotiating with taxi drivers etc if you can do it in their lingo. Also Cubans are v friendly and chatty so that way you can have a far better time
4)If you play a portable musical instrument, think about taking it. I took my flute and wound up jamming with local musoes, which was fantastic
5)Take plenty of Immodium and always carry a bog roll and alcohol hand gel. You'll need them all - nearly everyone in our party had a bit of gut trouble -- nothing incapacitating but be prepared... Cuban toilets can be a bit of a culture shock
The only thing that my wife and I were a bit concerned about was that at a couple of places there were natural swimming pools in rivers -- these were fine and refreshing. But sometimes the children were told about diving spots, and we felt that some of these were a bit dangerous - high and slippery. The locals were using these diving/jumping points so it's a bit hard to tell your own children not to use them, and no-one in our group was hurt, but maybe not flagging these up as attractions might be wiser
Also - Don't expect haute cuisine. It's mostly a bit bland cooking-wise -- perfectly OK, and plenty of food, but after a week I was yearning for a curry...
Day 1. Joining instructions were wrong. We were informed we were staying at the wrong hotel and the transfer driver was also informed of the wrong hotel. This was quite traumatic at 2am but we were quickly moved to the correct hotel. The hotel was good with lovely breakfast
Day 2. Lunch was not in an open air courtyard with live music and peacocks, it was in a pleasant enough cafe though. The chocolate museum was more of a chocolate shop, ok for a quick visit but not the highlight the children had been looking forward to. The camera obscura in plaza vieja was worth a visit.
Day 3. The Crocodile breeding centre was interesting, the boat ride to the Taino village was fast and exciting. There wasnt lots to see on the island. The hotel and beach at playa larga was lovely.
Day 4 We went birdwatching by driving slowly in our comfortable air conditioned mini bus with our guide then stopping and walking to see birds, which were plentiful and varied, the guide was great.
We then went to Caleta Buena which had fantastic snorkelling and all inclusive drinks which was a great bonus.
Day 5 we did the Day 7 itinerary, the russian truck ride was fun and rattly. We had a long walk and saw more great birds and swam in a waterfall area and let the fish give us a pedicure!
Day 6 Trinidad was beautiful and colourful, we loved exploring and seeing the locals too.
Day 7 we had another walk to a waterfall, a shorter walk and this waterfall had an exciting jump in and cave to swim in with bats flying overhead, which was a real highlight.
Che Guevaras mausoleum was a real eye opener and worth a quick visit.
Day 8 we swam and jumped from another waterfall and we loved the zip wiring
Day 9 the orchid farm was lovely, we then deviated from the itinerary, visiting another waterfall instead of the viewpoint, which was worth doing, the casas in vinales were beautiful
Day 10 the natural cave was impressive but the boat ride was very short indeed and we were glad not to have queued for long. The organic farm and lunch were amazing.
Day 11- 13 cayo levisa was beautiful. When we arrived we were told that lunch was not included despite being informed it would be by our guide and by the itinerary. The food when it was included was great and it was a treat to be right on the beach. We had a relaxing few days collecting shells, snorkelling and reading in the sun.
Day 14 we had a smooth transfer to havana, except when the driver joined the highway via an exit sliproad! Luckily there were no other vehicles present.
On arrival at the hotel in havana our rooms were not ready and they didnt have room to put our bags in the luggage room so they were left on a trolley while we went back to old havana for a last look around. Back to the hotel for a quick swim and change but there were enormous queues at reception, my husband had to wait for 1 hour to get allocated a room our transfer to the airport went well.
Snorkelling with a Ray on cayo levisa beach
She was extremely good, helpful, friendly, organised and knowledgable with excellent English.
Take water shoes and snorkels.
Take all suncream etc you will need as not many places to buy them.
A wonderful tour of beautiful, colourful Cuba! This tour is for families and provides a good insight into living in Cuba as you stay in casa Particulars and really get to know your hosts. In addition a highly informative guide explains the way of life, history and origins of this varied isle. Covering a significant part of Cuba the tour takes in: lively changing Havana where old buildings are currently being renovated and 1950 cars gleam and shine on the roads, Time capsuled Trinidad with its cobbled streets, horse drawn carts and lively music scene, and the green and colourful countryside of Vinales to see where tobacco and other crops are grown, finally rest and recuperation on the beach in Varadero. The tour is full and busy with lots of things to see and do: salsa dance, mohitjo sample, cigar production.... Plenty for the kids too: zip wire, nature trails, waterfall swimming, snorkeling and of course a white beach at Varadero. The tour allows you to soak up the vibe that is Cuba, relax and kick back into a different world of yester year which is changing before your eyes as it catches up with the 21st century.
There were many: pig roast with alberto the cigar farmer, lunch at the organic farm both in vinales. Zip wire and the drive in the 1950's cars!! the beautiful beach at varadero too.
Manuel was an excellent Leader, I have already submitted a review of him
take only light clothes (it is very hot!) and bring spare together with pens and balloons to give to locals
Be careful with ice and local water.
Cuba unfortunately has very few ATM machines, making it slightly more difficult to manage your money supply while in Cuba. Cuba has dual currency system: Cuban Peso (CUP; it's unlikely you will ever need it) and Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC; the one tourists always use). It's best to take all spending money in Sterling cash (Euro or Canadian dollars will also be fine), which can be easily exchanged upon arrival in Cuba. Travellers cheques are accepted at major banks but incur a 5% commission, and some smaller outlets cannot accept them. Also, along with credit cards, they must have no association with an American bank i.e. Virgin Credit Card or American Express travellers cheques, as they will not be accepted anywhere in Cuba.
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