Cuba is an amazingly huge island and while 14-days may seem like a long time to visit an island, you will find yourself struggling to cover even half in that number of days. Our perfect Latin America hiking tour will offer you a close look at Cuba and plenty of opportunities to feed your adventurous hunger!
(Days 1-3): Havana
(Days 4-7): Cienfuegos
(Days 8-11): Trinidad
(Days 12-14): Vinales
Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Vinales
Majority of international flights land into Havana, so exploring Havana is an amazing way to begin your Cuba tour. 3 days in Havana should be enough time to witness some of the major attractions of the city and to get into the Cuban way of life.
Things To do in Havana
The city of Havana is one which needs to be explored on foot. Meander around the old town, admire the deteriorating buildings that are still lovely despite their decaying state. Listen peacefully to a group of musicians play, spot a shady place to sit and observe the world go by.
Outside of Old Havana, The Plaza de la Revolucion possess a stylish mural of Che Guevara. Undertake a stroll around Centro Havana and watch more Cuban life. It feels a world away from the old town, but you will love just witnessing people go about their lives, disconcerted about the visitors meandering around. The Capitol Building is striking from the outside, and you can take a tour inside as well. There are tobacco factories in Havana, where you can tour to witness how Cuban cigars are made. For some funky street art, and impromptu live music sessions, the Callejon de Hamel is also worth a visit.
There are some outstanding museums in the city that you can check out such as the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes for art, the Museo de la Revolucion, or the Museo de la Ciudad.
Cienfuegos is an underestimated Cuban city, although it is definitely worth going to Cienfuegos during your Cuba tour.
Things To Do in Cienfuegos
Though, there isn’t much to do in the city itself; the main square, however, is worth a look. Moreover, there is a gorgeous sunset from Punta Gorda over the ocean. The real draw of Cienfuegos is what there is to explore in the area surrounding the town. Laguna Guanaroca is a beautiful, peaceful lake where you can board a boat trip to witness flamingos and other wildlife on the lake. After Laguna Guanaroca, make your way to El Castillo which is a fascinating fort constructed to protect the city from pirates in the bay. Next day, another trip which is highly recommended is to El Nicho, a series of splendid waterfalls and natural pools to swim in. You can also take with you a bottle of rum to drink while you chill out in the water!
From Cienfuegos, you can embark on a day trip to Santa Clara to witness the Che Guevara memorial.
Depart Havana today to traverse to Trinidad. Trinidad is one of the best places to witness in Cuba as it is simply gorgeous. Less hectic and much smaller as compared to Havana, Trinidad is very famous with tourists, so it can get a little busy, but still manages to retain its small-town charm.
Things To Do in Trinidad
Wander around this beautiful town and admire the vibrant buildings. Enjoy a great picturesque walk around Trinidad and capture some amazing photographs. With the marvelous architecture and Cuban life around you, you’ll have no trouble discovering some superb Instagram spots. The Belltower in the Municipal History Museum which is close to the main square possess the best views of Trinidad.
The nightlife in Trinidad is lively, and crowds assemble around the Casa de la Musica which has live performances during the weekend. You would be amazed to know that the most famous nightclub in town is in a cave! Las Ayalas, popularly known as La Cueva is a walk uphill from the main square and is quite famous with tourists and locals alike.
There are numerous day trips from Trinidad, the most famous being a beach day at Playa Ancon. However, the smaller, quieter Playa Maria Aguilar is a preferred one. Another famous excursion from Trinidad is a horse-back riding trip to a waterfall and an entertaining stop at a cigar and coffee hut en route.
Vinales is an all-time favorite place in Cuba. It is a tiny town which is surrounded by tobacco fields and strange rock formations known as mogotes.
Things To Do in Vinales
Vinales is like a welcome respite from the crowded cities. Get close to nature here by opting for activities such as climbing, hiking, and horseback riding. The sunset walking tour is going to be a magical one where you’ll watch the sunset at a tobacco farm with a mojito in hand. What more could you wish for?
Hiking to Los Aquaticos, which is a compact community of people who believe in the healing power of water is an amazing hike, with beautiful views of the valley, and would be fascinating to learn about the culture of Los Aquaticos just if you manage to discover the community. You can also cycle around the city to witness the Mural de la Prehistoria, a vast vibrant painting on the side of a mogote. If you are a rock climber, Vinales is definitely the best place in Cuba to climb.
In case you wish for some beach time before returning home, a day trip to one of the Cayos on the coast, Cayo Levisa or Cayo Jutias is all that you need to consider.
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