Ride the Rhythms of Cuba

with The DC Makers Tribe in Cuba

From $1395 Per person

7 nights in Cuba (various cities)
Sun Dec 03 - Sun Dec 10, 2017

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Highlights

For too many people, Cuba is nothing more than a beach resort. That’s crazy; the island practically buzzes with energy and you should do likewise – get moving. Journey through the culture-soaked streets of Trinidad and Old Havana for your fill of drinking and dancing. The music here pours out of open windows. Hit the beach and explore the outdoors, then connect with the locals in homestays and make friends for life as you hit the sites with other young people like yourself. Boring? Impossible!

What's Included

Accommodations

8 days / 7 nights

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 dinner (Plan $210-275 for meals not included)

Activities

  • Local Living: Viñales Homestay, Viñales
  • Local Living: Trinidad Homestay, Trinidad
  • Salsa Lesson, Trinidad
  • Visit to Che monument and historical sites (Santa Clara)
  • Orientation walk in Trinidad
  • Visit to Casa de la Trova (Trinidad)
  • Day trip to Cayo Jutias
  • Stop at Las Terrazas
  • Walking tour of Old Havana
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Airport Transfers

Private van to all cities/activities (no airport transportation)

Flights

Flights not included

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory and not included

Good to Know

Not included: flights to/from the closest airport to the venue and travel insurance. Guests are responsible for purchasing travel medical insurance and cancellation insurance which are also not included.

Itinerary


The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your tour guide will review the details of your tour.

Stop at lush Las Terrazas en route to Viñales. Travel through a rich agricultural area en route to Viñales where both sugarcane and tobacco are grown. Practice some Spanish while staying in a local homestay.

Viñales is in the Pinar del Rio province and located in a fertile valley surrounded by the unusual mogotes, or limestone pincushion hills. Arguably one of the prettiest natural areas in Cuba, we have many opportunities here to enjoy the area, whether it be horseback riding, hiking, or simply sitting back and enjoying the view.

  • Las Terrazas: Less than an hour outside of the bustle and hustle of Havana, escape to Las Terrazas, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Once hectares of deforested farmland, Castro ordered the planting of millions of plants and trees. Travel through bamboo groves, past teak and royal palms. See birds and flowers and waterfalls of the Rio San Juan, a clear mountain stream.
  • Local Living: Viñales Homestay - Live amongst the locals in this “casa particular”, Cuba’s equivalent of a bed & breakfast homestay. Learn about the lifestyle, culture and real-life realities of our hosts. More intimate than a hotel, experience a slice of Cuban life as it’s actually lived.

Take a day trip to beautiful Cayo Jutias, 3km of white sand on Cuba's coastline. It is a perfect spot for snorkelling or just blissing out on the beach. Opt to have a rum tasting or tour a cigar factory.

  • Cayo Jutias - Channel your inner Gilligan and strand yourself on this cay off the north-west coast of Cuba’s Pinar del Rio province. Other than local restaurants with delicious seafood, a bunch of palm trees and a mangrove, there isn’t much here except a gorgeous white sand beach accented by aquamarine waters—but what else could you need? Bliss out. Snorkel. Swim. Enjoy!
  • Local Living: Viñales Homestay

On your way to Trinidad, visit a "vega" or cigar factory, to see how the famous Cuban cigars are made. Enjoy an orientation walk of Trinidad's beautiful centre after settling into the homestay.

  • Orientation Walk: Enjoy a brief walk with your guide. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. 
  • Local Living: Trinidad Homestay

Enjoy a free day to explore the area, then learn some moves during a salsa dancing lesson. Take in some live music and practice salsa moves at an evening out at the Casa de la Trova.

Those visitors who wish to pursue outdoor activities will find Trinidad a haven for horseback or bicycle riding (don’t expect any modern mountain bikes though!). If a beach sounds like what you're looking for, try snorkelling or diving in nearby Playa Ancón, just 12 km (7.5 miles) from town.

  • Hands-On: Salsa Lesson Evening - Loosen up those hips and get ready to salsa. Classes are led by expert Cuban instructors and you even get your own practice partner. Rumba, mambo and cha-cha-chá your way across the floor. Never danced salsa? Have no fear, Cubans are happy to share the secrets behind one of their national pastimes.
  • Casa de la Trova Visit - For nearly four decades, the Casa de la Trova has been the centre of culture and nightlife in Trinidad. This bar/performance space is home to some of Cuba’s finest singers and musicians. These former “trovadores” (troubadours) once walked the streets in twos and threes, performing ballads (boleros). Now – people come to them to listen, dance and soak in the laid-back rhythms of this made-in-Cuba music.
  • Local Living: Trinidad Homestay

Enjoy a free day to explore the area. Enjoy a group dinner at a local host's house.

Stop by Santa Clara en route to Havana and visit important historical sites, including the famous Che monument. Discover Old Havana on a short walking tour with the CEO.

  • Santa Clara Visit: Stop by Santa Clara en route to Trinidad and visit important historical sites, including the famous Ché monument. Santa Clara played a key role in the Cuban Revolution. In 1958, rebels led by Ernesto (Ché) Guevara captured an army garrison and they bulldozed and derailed a train full of troops and supplies bound for Havana. Visit the monument and site (referred to as “Tren Blindado”), as well as the Museo Histórico de la Revolución, which chronicles the Battle of Santa Clara and honours the revolutionary hero with a large bronze statue.
  • Havana City Walking Tour: Take a walking tour of Havana and find out what your CEO loves best about this amazing city. See city highlights that may include La Catedral de San Cristóbal de La Habana, the Palacio de los Marqueses de Aguas Claras (which now houses a restaurant), the Museo de Arte Colonial and the Plaza de Armas, with its statue of Manuel de Céspedes (one of the leaders of the Cuban independence movement). Use this walk as a jumping off point to explore the rest of this lively city.

Depart at any time. Not ready to leave? Your guide can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

UPCOMING DEPARTURES

December 3 - 10, 2017
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Amenities

  • Towels

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Accommodation on this trip is mostly, if not entirely, in 'casas particulares', the Cuban equivalent of a bed & breakfast. These local accommodation options allow you to participate in a typical Cuban living experience by staying with a family in their home. The family rents a bedroom or two with private bathroom shared amongst guests. Groups are usually spread across multiple casas with a central meeting point for evening socializing in the towns.

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