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Cuba Multisport Tour tour

Cuba Multisport Tour

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Travel Style: N/A
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
7 days
From: $ 3,490 $ 499 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit Havana
  • Travel to Playa Larga, Kayak the Bay of Pigs
  • Experience Snorkel near Playa Giron, Bike towards Cienfuegos
  • Enjoy Kayak in the Guanaroca Nature Reserve
  • Hike in the Topes de Collantes National Park to Magical Waterfalls,

Short Description

Explore by Kayak, Bike and Foot Cuba’s Shores & Byways. This carefully designed tour blends peaceful countryside excursions with authentic cultural encounters as you bike, kayak and hike through Cuba! With visits to Colonial Havana, the Bay of Pigs, Playa Girón, Cienfuegos, Trinidad and Sancti Spíritus, 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.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
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Itinerary Focus N/A
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Havana
End City Santa Clara

Trip Includes

  • Experienced English-speaking guide(s)
  • Specialized activity guides based on activity of trip (kayaking, biking, hiking, etc.)
  • Specialized equipment needed for activities such as kayaks, bikes, helmets, paddles, personal flotation devices, etc.
  • Private pre-tour orientation meeting
  • Cuba Unbound hand-crafted itineraries
  • 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 (Custom tours for 2, group tours are 16-18)
  • All entrance fees to include events and activities
  • All in-country ground transportation
  • Clean drinking water available at all times
  • Gratuities for presenters, luggage handling, and restaurant staff

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival, Visit Havana - Walking

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Havana Hotel

US travelers should plan on traveling to Cuba via one of the many direct flights now available from the USA or via a gateway such as Mexico City or Cancun. Plan on arriving in Havana no later than noon. Your tour leader greets you upon arrival and gathers the group for a brief orientation before you make your way into Cuba’s largest city. There’s plenty of time to explore Havana throughout the afternoon! We begin our week of adventure with a visit to a natural history research center that is instrumental in the conservation of Cuba’s natural resources, including many that we visit during our tour. During the tour, a local expert discusses their foundation’s mission with us and answers our questions. Before or after lunch at a Paladar (or private restaurant), we pass by the Plaza de la Revolución, Havana’s city square, where political rallies still gather under the imposing murals of Cuba’s most beloved guerrilleros. We spend a delightful afternoon in old Havana for a walking tour of the neoclassic Spanish and baroque architecture — worn by pirate raids, revolution, and the simple passing of time — and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We wander the narrow streets on a guided tour and appreciate the colonial past so very alive in the bustling area.

After our day exploring, we enjoy a delicious dinner comprised of fresh Cuban fare at a local restaurant.

Day 2: Travel to Playa Larga, Kayak the Bay of Pigs, Ride Zapata National Park - Kayaking and Biking

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Casa Particular in Playa Larga

Kayak Distance: 3 miles, 1.5 – 2 hours

Bike Distance: 8.7 Miles

Elevation: + 188 / - 189 ft

Time: 1 hour with stops

Map & GPS Online Profile

We wake early and head out of Havana to the southeast toward Playa Larga, a tranquil village on the Bay of Pigs. After lunch we paddle on the sparkling waters of the Bay of Pigs, where the legendary failed invasion of 1961 took place. After checking in to our Casa Particular, we trade paddles for pedals, fit our bikes and head out on a 8-10 mile warm up ride on the backroads of Zapata National Park on mostly level terrain. Afterwards we continue to the small village of Palpite for lunch.

In the evening we have a presentation from the Director of the National Park, Frank Medina who gives us an engaging overview of the Park’s history and goals. Then we sit down to a bountiful dinner of local fare.

Day 3: Snorkel near Playa Giron, Bike towards Cienfuegos - Snorkel and Biking

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel or Casas in Cienfuegos

Bike Distance: 15-27 Miles (can be adjusted to your comfort level)

Elevation: + 409 / - 320 ft

Time: 2-3 hours with stops

Map & GPS Online Profile

Our morning adventure takes us to Playa Girón where we visit the Museum of Playa Girón, where you explore the history and artifacts of the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion and battle. After our visit it’s a short drive to a snorkeling spot with healthy reefs and crystal clear water. As we explore, our local guides help us understand more of this vibrant underwater ecosystem.

After lunch we get on our bikes for a scenic ride to Yaguamayas, from which we transfer by bus to Cienfuegos. There, we check into our Casa Particulares for the night.

Cienfuegos is known as Cuba’s cleanest city, and the seaside location has such an ethereal allure that it’s been named the “Pearl of the South.” Settle into your Casa Particulares and relax before setting out to explore the city with its charming waterfront and colonnaded streets. We eventually make our way to Teatro Tomás Terry, a 19th century theater well-known for its grand mosaics and whimsical frescoes. Enjoy the views and then some excellent food before making your way back to your casas for the evening.

Day 4: Kayak in the Guanaroca Nature Reserve, Bike to the Cienfuegos Botanical Gardens. Continue to Trinidad. - Kayaking and Biking

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Casas or Hotel Las Cuevas, Trinidad

Kayak Distance: About 5 miles; ~ 3 hours 

Bike Distance: 14.6 Miles

Elevation: + 635 / - 413 ft

Time: 1-2 hours with stops

Map & GPS Online Profile

We enjoy a filling breakfast before heading out for a superb paddle in the protected waters of Laguna Guanaroca. Lying south of Cienfuegos, Laguna Guanaroca’s mangrove-trimmed saline-waters make a stunning kayaking location and bird watcher’s paradise. With luck we’ll have sightings of tocororo (Cuban trogans, the National Bird of Cuba), flamingo, pelicans and more. There’s nothing like kayaking in a peaceful solitude disturbed only by the calls of birds and the shuffling of their wings in flight.

From Guanaroca we enter the bay of Cienfuegos and paddle about two hours towards a remote seaside restaurant near la Milpa, where we enjoy a fresh lunch and the sunshine.

After lunch we switch to our bicycles for a pastoral ride to the Jardin Botánico Cienfuegos, a botanical paradise where over 2000 plant species grow. Though the garden was originally created by American sugar baron Edward F. Atkins to introduce exotic sugarcane varieties into Cuba, the garden quickly became a haven for exotic tropical trees. We do a short ride through the gardens and have a short People-to-People encounter as we meet with staff members who tell us more about how the agricultural and botanical sector has played pivotal roles in Cuba’s history and culture.

From the gardens we drive to Trinidad, Cuba’s second oldest city where we find dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Hike in the Topes de Collantes National Park to Magical Waterfalls, Kayak the Río Guourabo - Morning Hike and Late Afternoon Kayak

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Casas Particulares or Hotel Las Cuevas, Trinidad

Hike Distance: 3-4 miles

Kayak Distance: ~3-5 miles, 2 hours

We depart Trinidad early and head into the crenellated, Caribbean pine-coated Sierra Escambray mountains, home to the Gran Parque Natural Topes de Collantes. Though Topes is not considered a national park in the strictest of senses, it is highly protected by the Cuban government as are the four smaller parks that make up the umbrella park of Topes. One top choice is to hike the quintessential Topes trail, Salto del Caburní trail. This 3 mile round trip hike leads to a 190’ waterfall that crashes down overhanging cliffs into swimming holes below. The rushing water tumbles into a clefted chasm where only the most intrepid adrenaline junkies dare to jump. If the water levels are low off the Salto del Caburní trail, we may choose to go on the Vegas Grandes hike, a more level hike that leads through the fern and pine forests before finishing at a waterfall and pool as well.

Another option is to hike the Sendero La Batata, or Sweet Potato, Trail. This 4 mile hike takes us through the forest to a prehistoric cave and its underwater river. This trail explores forests rich with lichens and mosses and lucid pools disrupted only by crashing waterfalls. Topes is also home of a variety of birds, so make sure to look up on the hikes. After our hike we enjoy lunch in the cool mountain air before descending to the coast and La Boca, where river and sea meet. Here we climb into our kayaks for a lovely river paddle. We visit the place Hernan Cortez landed in the 1500s on one of his explorations, see a myriad of birds and gaze upon views of Trinidad on the hill above us. We then return to our Casas and dinner in town.

Day 6: Bike from Trinidad to Sancti Spiritus - Biking and Walking

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Casas Particulares or hotel, Sancti Spíritus

Bike Distance: 10-40 Miles (can be adjusted to your comfort level)

Elevation: + 1660 / - 1676 ft

Time: 4-5 hours with stops

Map & GPS Online Profile

Today we ride a beautiful road heading east from Trinidad towards Sancti Spíritus. Sancti Spíritus is another city that invariably gets compared to Trinidad’s colonial charm and ultimately gets overshadowed by its UNESCO protected compatriot. Founded in 1514 by Diego Velázquez and one of the original seven villas, the city oozes historic appeal. Once we check into our lodgings for the night, we have the opportunity to explore the city. Walk across the Puente Yayabo, a quadruple-arched bridge that seems more fitting for the English countryside than this somnolent town, or look upon the Teatro Principal, Cuba’s oldest theater. After, relax with a tasty dinner with authentic Cuban dishes.

Day 7: Sancti Spíritus to Santa Clara. Fly Home - Walking

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, there’s a bit more time to tour Sancti Spíritus and learn about its fascinating history. By late morning we transfer to Santa Clara, have lunch and then visit the Che Guevara mausoleum. We head to the airport in time for late afternoon flights to the USA.

OR Transfer to Havana - Many find flights round-trip in and out of Havana easier, so if anyone wants to transfer back to Havana, this can be arranged for an additional fee. It takes about 3.5-4 hours for this transfer.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Cancellation Policy:

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS

If you find it necessary to cancel your trip, you should notify Adventure Unbound in writing, by e-mail or fax immediately.  If written cancellation is received (call to verify) before the final balance is due, you will be given a refund less the amount of the deposit.  Deposits are not refundable.  If cancellations are made on or after the final due date, no money will be refunded.  If you are unable to go on the trip, you are welcome to find a replacement for yourself.  Please understand that once you’ve signed up, we lose the right to sell your reserved space to other individuals or groups.  Therefore, we regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies.  For this reason we strongly recommend you consider purchasing the Travel Protection Plan we offer.

For non USA-based trips, Adventure Unbound must make substantial payments to its suppliers (hotels, transportation companies, etc.) far in advance of the trip departure date.  If Adventure Unbound cancels any tour, trip or expedition due to acts of insurrection, force majeure, strikes, popular demonstrations, acts of God, earthquake, flooding, or any cause beyond its control, Adventure Unbound will refund the portion of the trip cost not already advanced to suppliers and use its best efforts to recover and refund the balance as promptly as possible.

If we are not able to provide a substitute trip, river, or altered itinerary and have to cancel the departure completely, you will be refunded in full. Refunds are limited to the amount actually paid to Adventure Unbound.

CANCELLATIONS FOR EXTENSIONS

There is a $100 per person non-refundable cancellation fee for all extensions.  Cancellations must be received no later than 60 days prior to departure to avoid additional penalties.  Cancellations made 59-30 days prior to departure incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the total fare.  Cancellations made 29-0 days prior to departure forfeit all fees paid.  For groups of 10 or more, cancellations must be received no later than 120 days prior to departure.  Cancellations made between 119-60 days incur a cancellation fee of 25% of the total fare.

Age Notes

Min. Age: 12

Additional Information:

Do I need experience to join the Multisport adventure?

The good news is that you don't need extensive cycling or kayaking experience to enjoy our tour. However, you’ll want to spend some time training on a bike and paddling before your trip. Work your strength up to riding and paddling the same daily distances that we will cover in our tour while carrying the same gear you plan to travel with.

What type of kayaks and bikes does Cuba Unbound provide?

For our Cuba tours we use polymer Necky Kayaks and you'll find specific information on these models if you follow the link. These kayaks provide a qality paddling expereince and are durable enough to hold up with our active itinerary.

We will be using the Trek FX S 4. It is a hybrid/dual-sport bike with straight handlebars designed for both paved and unpaved riding.

Will single Kayaks be available?

We have both double and single kayaks in Cuba. At this time we are not offering the choice for a single kayak rental. Rather, we plan to bring between one and three singles on each tour to be shared among participants, depepnding on expressed interest.

How much cycling and paddling will we do on the Multisport trip?

You will cycle approximately 85 miles and paddle about 5 hours over the course of the tour. There will also be a 5 mile hike in between.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes! But we unfortunately cannot offer a discount for guests who choose to bring their own bike. In addition, you will need to bring any spare parts, tubes, etc. as these will not be available in Cuba. Check with your airline for restrictions and fees.

Is there a support vehicle?

There will be a support tour bus that will be hauling luggage and will be available to riders at all times.

Trip ID#:

CubMulAdv

Trip Excludes

  • Round-trip air to/from Cuba
  • Cuba Tourist Visa Fee  (ranges from $50-$100 depending on where you buy it)
  • Guide and driver gratuities
  • Personal expenses such as souvenirs, gifts, additional drinks/entertainment, and incidentals

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