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Cuba Unbound - Signature Tour tour

Cuba Unbound - Signature Tour

Adventure Unbound
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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
8 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit to Cuba! Havana & Habana Vieja
  • See Criadero de Cocodrilos, the Bay of Pigs
  • Explore Zapata National Park
  • Enjoy coastal Snorkeling
  • Discover Botanical Gardens in Cienfuegos, and Trinidad

Short Description

Discover Cuba by Kayak. Being the only legal people-to-people sea kayaking and adventurous tour available to the American traveler, this tour of Cuba will leave you nothing but stunned. A mix of history, food, culture, water, kayaking and the outdoors awaits you. This island has a little bit of everything you will love. The atmosphere and feel of Cuba will leave you wanting to explore more of the cities, rivers, mountains, and valleys. This eight-day adventure will take you through forests and cities, beaches and wetlands. The great city of Havana will be your starting location where you will learn of the culture and diversity of such an amazing city. A local Cuban will guide you as you ask questions and admire all there is to offer.

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 Havana

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: Welcome to Cuba! Havana & Habana Vieja

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation : Havana Hotel

Havana is a large and exciting city full of people, fascinating architecture, public art, museums, the ocean-front malecon, wide boulevards and narrow alleys. After transferring from the airport, we explore the city on foot, including the many historical plazas of Havana Vieja.  Throughout our adventure we eat mostly in private restaurants called Paladars.  We enjoy lunch and dinner today at two of Havana’s finest.  After our walking tour we have an orientation meeting to prepare you for the week ahead. After dinner some may want to experience some of Havana’s nightlife, a town where music is plentiful.

Day 2: Criadero de Cocodrilos, the Bay of Pigs, and Arrive at Zapata National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation : Playa Larga Casas Particulares

We depart Havana in the morning and travel to Boca de Guama which was named because of the Taino chief Guama who put a defense against Spanish colonists. This is where a crocodile breeding facility is located, operated by the park service of Cuba. Both American and Cuban crocodiles are brought up here and you will be able to learn about the different stages of their life. We will stop for lunch and then continue to our Casa Particular (Bed & Breakfast) accommodation in the small village of Playa Larga.  After some time to relax or take a stroll on the beach, we start our first kayak excursion!  With paddle in hand, you kayak on the Bay of Pigs as your guide tells exciting stories about the area. The two-hour session will breeze by and soon it’s time to return to the beach and dinner.

Day 3: Kayak Zapata National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation : Playa Larga Casas Particulares

After breakfast we head off on a dirt road to go on an adventure through the Zapata National Park. We paddle across the waters of the Zapata Peninsula with a local park guide and our own kayak guide staff. Wildlife in plenty will be seen such as flamingos, birds, and more. Our local guide shares his knowledge of this unique tropical ecosystem of mangroves and the biggest swamp area in Cuba.   We paddle in shallow waters and take time to snorkel when we stop for lunch on a small island and stretch our legs.  We return by late afternoon to Playa Larga.  In the early evening we have a People-to-People presentation and discussion with Frank Medina, the Director of Zapata National Park who speaks with us about the mission and various programs in the Park. Dinner will follow which will be full of fresh and local foods..

Day 4: Museum Playa Girón, Coastal Snorkeling, Botanical Gardens in Cienfuegos, and Trinidad

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Trinidad Casas Particulares

The beautiful beaches of Playa Giron await and our first stop is a prime snorkeling location full of colorful fish and healthy reefs.  We learn about the Caribbean Sea and how Cuba has the healthiest reefs in all the region.  After snorkeling we visit the Bay of Pigs museum to learn about the failed 1961 invasion attempt.  Then after lunch in a local Paladar, we travel to the Jardin Botanico Cienfuegos. This is one of Cuba’s largest botanical gardens full of 2000 species of plants. A local guide joins us for another great people-to-people experience as we explore the gardens.  An hour away the town of Trinidad will be our night destination where we will check in and then head to a local restaurant for dinner before getting a good night’s rest.

Day 5: Morning Kayak, Walking Tour of Colonial Trinidad, People-to-People with Julio Munoz

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation : Trinidad Casas Particulares

Feel rejuvenated as you wake up in Trinidad, Cuba’s third-oldest city! Colonial style and culture is found in this UNESCO Heritage site.  We take a short drive to paddle on a nearby river, where Hernan Cortez landed 500 years ago.  Gliding along the tree-lined river, we see birds and are rewarded with a grand view of the city of Trinidad perched above us.   We return to town and our guide takes us on a walking tour of the city. Explore the streets and admire the fine art and architectural detail of the buildings.  There’s some time to discover on your own in the afternoon, and later we meet with a well-known photographer, Julio Munoz, who hosts us in his home to  discuss the history and culture of Trinidad, life in Cuba today, and Julio’s own fascinating story.  Another festive dinner at a local Paladar followed with time to enjoy the Casa de la Musica, an outdoor venue on the steps of the city. 

Day 6: Paddling in the Guanaroca Nature Reserve and on to Cienfuegos

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Cienfuegos Casas Particulares

The area of “Laguna de Guanaroca-Yaguanabo-El Nicho” cover about 10,000 acres and is rich in birdlife including a flock of resident flamingos.    We paddle in the lagoon, and then out into the larger Bay of Cienfuegos is where you paddle past an abandoned navy base, a sunken sub and on to a bountiful seafood lunch. We shuttle a short distance to city of Cienfuegos, known as the Pearl of the South. Settled by French and French Creoles invited here by the Spanish government in the 1800’s, there remains a French flair. We take a late-afternoon walking tour to visit Teatro Tomás Terry, a beautiful theater located on the north side of Parque José Martí and an excellent example of Creole architecture.   We visit a number of other sites and take a stroll on the Prado, a wild boulevard that fills with people late in the evening.  After dinner local casas provide your accommodations for the night.

Day 7: Ernest Hemingway Museum, Cojimar, and Driving Old Convertible Cars in Havana

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Havana Hotel

This is our last full day of activities.  We drive back to Havana where we go to the Ernest Hemingway Museum (Finca Vigia) where he lived a good 20 years and wrote many of his books.   After the museum we visit the historic fishing hamlet Cojimar, where Hemingway parked his boat.  We continue into Havana and visit the Mercado San Jose, a massive warehouse filled with art and crafts and the perfect place to find a souvenir or two,   We travel in style to dinner tonight, in classic cars from the 1940’s and 50’s.  On our way we tour the Plaza de la Revolucion and a few other sites of Vedado and Miramar.   Our farewell dinner is at another of the city’s finest paladars, and afterwards, it’s time out on the town, or back to the hotel to pack.

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The activities catered to our satisfaction. They are provided with lots of patience. Every staff member is so friendly and they ensure that you enjoy the outing.
We were a family with people from all are groups. They took care of every individual needs. Our aged mother was made very comfortable, and they arranged a chair for her at every activity area.
We spent almost two days and one night. And we enjoyed every moment.
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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 kayaking adventure?

Whether you are an avid sea kayaker or stepping into a sea kayak for your first time, you’ll enjoy these incredible trips. For those new to the sport, kayaking is easy to learn in the sheltered waters that we visit, and we provide all of the kayaking equipment and guidance needed. In addition, we keep our groups small so that you not only travel intimately among nature, but receive the necessary attention from our guides as well. Your guides will give you an introduction to paddling and you’ll have plenty of chances to practice. We take plenty of paddle breaks to observe the biodiversity and learn about the area from our knowledgeable guides. We do recommend that you get some paddling in before your trip as kayaking uses muscles you may not know you have. Getting a little experience and building some strength will help your enjoyment of the trip.

What type of kayaks 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.

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, depending on expressed interest.

How much paddling will we do on the kayaking trip?

Sea kayaking distance is best measured in hours rather than miles. We usually paddle from 2 to 4 hours each day but this can be influenced by several factors: weather, tide and currents. We start off each kayak tour with a planned route, but there is always some flexibility available.

What kind of equipment or gear should I bring?

All of the kayaking equipment is provided as well as personal flotation devices and a dry bags, so just bring your clothing and personal gear. Do bring snorkeling gear and paddling gloves. A complete packing list will be sent to you upon reservation. We highly suggest traveling “light” for this adventure.

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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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