SAMPLE MINI EXCURSIONS


Viñales

Escape the bustle of Havana and travel to one of Pinar del Río's most stunning natural sights, the Viñales valley. Take a guided nature walk with an expert park guide, and visit old cave ruins of Cuba’s indigenous tribes. The valley isn’t only an ecological wonder; take a historical hike & learn about the site’s role in the Cuban Missile Crisis. In the quaint town of Pinar Del Río, visit a local artist studio and a preserved vintage theater that still hosts productions. Whether you’re a naturalist, historian, artist, or just an intrepid traveler who wants to see the Cuba outside of Havana, this excursion offers something for everyone! 

 

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Sample Trip Highlights

  • Take a historical hike to a site where a missile was stored during the Cuban missile crisis 
  • Visit a community project that offers free art, dance, and music classes to local youth 
  • Share lunch with a group of local farmers and visit old Indian ruins in the valley’s caves 
  • Visit a preserved vintage theater that still hosts shows and productions 
 

Sample 4-Day Itinerary


Cienfuegos & Trinidad

Travel to the historic cities of Cienfuegos & Trinidad, and step back into Cuba’s colonial past. Walk the cobblestone streets and see the vibrant colors of centuries-old homes, monuments, and markets. Visit the studios of a select group of the many artists and musicians who call these beautiful cities home, and learn about the city’s deep artistic and musical roots. Take a guided hike through a protected natural area and see Cuba’s pristine ecological sights. This excursion is perfect for travelers with a love for art and music, those who want to step back in time to an earlier Cuba, or anyone who simply wants to explore island life outside of Havana. 

 

Sample 4-Day Itinerary

Sample Trip Highlights

  • Learn about the history of Cuba’s colonial cities and take a guided tour of the cities’ preserved monuments and sights
  • Take a guided nature walk in El Cubano, a protected ecological area
  • Meet with local musicians, learn about Cuban music and enjoy a private performance 
  • Visit an artist’s studio and learn about the rich artistic history of the area 

Matanzas

Venture west across the island to the historic province of Matanzas, known for its poets, slave resistance, and strong Afro-Cuban cultural roots. Begin by exploring the region’s Spanish colonial history, and the rise of the area’s massive sugar plantations. Learn about the powerful slave revolts that erupted across the region, led by brave men and women who protested the horrific conditions of enslavement. Immerse yourself in the rich Afro-Cuban culture that emerged, as enslaved and freed Africans contributed their art, music, food, and religious traditions to the fabric of Matanzas life. Visits to artist studios and community projects bring you into the heart of the region’s cultural life today. Matanzas is not only rich in history -- it’s also famous for its natural beauty! Tour a thriving organic farm and explore deep into the area’s stunning network of underwater caves. Finally, visit Hershey Town, the little-known city that the U.S. chocolate tycoon Milton S. Hershey built in 1916 on the island’s north coast. It’s a perfect place to explore the U.S.’s complex legacy in Cuba. Matanzas offers something for everyone!

 

Sample 4-Day Itinerary

 

Sample Trip Highlights

  • Visit an 18th century Spanish fort, today a museum about the island’s history of slavery
  • Tour the studio of one of the region’s most well-known artists
  • Explore an Afro-Cuban neighborhood known for its public art, dance and music projects
  • Climb deep into the Bellamar caves, a stunning underground network of caverns
  • Take a walk through Hershey Town, the city built in 1916 by the U.S. chocolate tycoon.