Cuba is truly a magical wonderland! There are just so many amazing places to visit in Cuba that deciding what all to see in Cuba can be really tough. It is a beautiful island in the Caribbean, which is becoming an increasingly famous tourist destination. With its colonial architecture, waterfalls, lush green valleys, and white sandy beaches, the stunning island attracts visitors from all over the globe. This travel guide will allow you to see the best Latin America tourist attractions and make the most out of your time in Cuba.
(Day 1): Land into Havana
(Day 2): Another Day in Havana
(Day 3): Exploring Habana Vieja
(Day 4): Heading to Viñales
(Day 5): More Time in The Valley of Viñales
(Day 6): Visiting Trinidad
(Day 7): Returning Back to Havana
Havana, Habana Vieja, Viñales, Trinidad
Havana airport is the biggest international airport in Cuba. Havana, which is also the capital and one of the most gorgeous cities in Cuba, is a good starting point for your tour. Depending on the time at which you land in the city of Havana, you can use your first day to explore Havana Vieja and the city center.
Havana is a gorgeous city and no amount of time ever seems enough to see it entirely. However, it is possible for you to see the main highlights of the city. One of the best ways to kick-start your Havana journey is to do a vintage car tour of the city. While being very touristy, these tours will give you the opportunity to witness all the points of interest of the beautiful city in just over an hour, and also provides you with a better idea of what you would like to go back to and see in more detail. Moreover, how can you resist those classy vintage cars? The vintage car tours usually take you to Plaza de la Revolucion, which is otherwise a little far and complicated to reach.
Having done a vintage car tour, all that is left now is to explore Habana Vieja. The architecture in this part of Havana is purely amazing and just strolling around the small side streets is a great experience. You can also go inside the cathedral of Havana if you wish. Habana Vieja is quite nearby to the sea. In case, you don't feel tired of walking yet, going for a walk along the Malecòn, Havana’s seaside walk is highly recommended.
Depending on the time you arrive in Viñales, you can spend the rest of your day exploring the streets and town center of Viñales.
Viñales is most popular for its tobacco fields located in the valley of Viñales, which is also a National Park. The farmers here work all year round to generate the tobacco that ultimately gets used in the famous Cuban cigars. You have the option to visit the valley of Viñales either on a horse riding or a walking tour. The horse riding one is highly recommended, as you will be able to see more of the valley. Moreover, it is more fun and will make you feel like a local!
During the tour, your guide will take you to explore the tobacco plantations, where the local farmers will narrate the process for growing tobacco and rolling cigars. This is going to be a very interesting experience and you’ll also get the chance to try out a free cigar. After your tobacco plantations visit, continue to see some of the other plantations they grow in the valley, including coffee.
For your next day in Viñales, you have many options. You can plan to go to the beach since the beaches on this coast of Cuba are stunningly beautiful and also relatively less touristy as compared to the resort-heavy Varadero. You can also explore more of the valley of Viñales. Board a hop-on-hop-off bus tour that will take you to the Indios Cave, the Murales de la Prehistoria and also the Jazmines Hotel viewpoint.
Buckle up, today you’ll have a long day of a car journey. The journey from Viñales to Trinidad will take at least 6 hours, which will usually take you through Havana. You will reach Trinidad with some time to explore the town center. Trinidad is a stunning colonial town having pretty cobbled streets, vibrant houses and lively street markets. Climb to the top of the bell tower to witness some beautiful views over Trinidad and the surrounding countryside.
Trinidad is a short 15-minute drive away from Playa Ancon, which is one of the most beautiful beaches you’ll ever see. The beach expands for kilometers of white sand and turquoise water. You can do snorkeling tour just off the coast to have some adventurous time.
Your time in Cuba is ultimately coming to an end and it is now time to head back to Havana and further to the international airport. The drive from Trinidad to Havana is going to take 4 to 5 hours.
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