Trekking

Eco-tourism is just developing in Cuba and the best regions for hiking are Vinales, the Sierra del Rosario in Soroa, Topes de Collantes near Trinidad and the Sierra Maestra mountains, where there are well marked trails and official guides. Information and guided walks can be arranged through your hotel in the area. 

 
The Zapata National Park in Matanzas region provides excellent opportunities for nature and birdlovers, but walkers must be accompanied by a guide and obtain an official entrance permit, available from the National Parks Office in Playa Larga. When setting out on a walk, however easy the trail, it is essential to take plenty of water and a hat and for longer hikes, energy snacks although you may be able to buy produce from local farmers. We do not recommend using campsites in Cuba as their facilities are extremely basic. Pitching of tents and sleeping out on beaches is not permitted in Cuba.

Cuba Trekking East

 

15 days / 14 nights

At a glance

Discover the lesser known Cuba: the East. Explore the true treasures of the country on this fantastic trekking tour. You will visit places of historical importance like the former headquarters of Fidel Castro and Ché Guevara from the revolution. Highlights of the tour include the colonial cities of Baracoa, Cuba’s first capita, and Santiago de Cuba, Cuba’s unofficial capital. On you trek through the Sierra Maestra mountain range you will get to climb the Pico Turquino, the highest mountain on the island. 

Services included

  • 14 overnight stays
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • English-speaking, qualified tour guide
  • All described Transfers in air-conditioned minibus
  • Entrance fees

Services not included

  • International flights
  • Tourist card
  • Additional meals and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Optional excursions
  • Departure tax
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfer IN/OUT

Notes

The facilities of the campsites and forestry station are very basic. There is not necessarily running hot water.

Please be aware you will be required to share a tent. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Holguin

Arrival in Holguín and Transfer to the hotel (optional). Overnight stay at Hotel Villa el Bosque.

 

Day 2: Parque Nacional de Turquino

A bus will take you to the small town of Bayamo, which is situated at the foot of the Sierra Maestra. After a guided tour of the city, you will be taken by bus into the Sierra Maestra where your trekking tour begins. You will walk from Alto Naranja along the trails used in the Cuban Revolution to the Comandancia de la Plata, the former headquarters of Fidel Castro. Overnight stay in tents. 

Daily walking route: approx. 2 hours (easy)

(breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 

Day 3: Parque Nacional de Turquino

Today’s destination is Aguada de Joaquin (1,360 m). We will walk through the beautiful Cuban landscape and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere in the mountains. We will sleep in tents.

Daily walking route: approx. 5 hours (moderate)

(breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 

Day 4: Parque Nacional de Turquino

Today the most demanding and most beautiful stage of this trip awaits you. You will climb up to the highest mountain on the island- Pico Turquino (1,974 m). The climb takes you through a variety of terrain but at the top you will be rewarded with a unique and spectacular view. You will descend by foot to Aguada de Joaquin and from there a bus will take you to El Salton. You will stay the night at the Hotel El Salton.

Daily walking route: approx. 8-9 hours (difficult)

(breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 

Day 5:   Sierra Maestra

A relaxing day awaits you in the Sierra Maestra region where thriving nature invites you to unwind. We will walk to the El Salton waterfall where you can bathe in the clear natural water and recover from the trekking tours of the past few days. You spend the night at the hotel El Salton.    

Daily walking route: approx. 3.5 hours (easy)

(breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 

Day 6: Santiago de Cuba

Today you leave the Sierra Maestra. You will be taken by bus to the secret capital of Cuba, Santiago de Cuba. Enjoy the all-pervading Caribbean passion for life, while you explore the sights of the city. Accommodation at the Hotel Versalles.

(breakfast, dinner)

 

Day 7:   Gran Piedra

The peak of the Gran Piedra (1200 m), the third highest mountain of the island is your target today. During the climb you will see a plethora of nature including orchids, ferns and pines. From the top of the mountain you will have a beautiful view of the Caribbean coastal landscape. Accommodation at the Gran Piedra cottages. 

Daily walking route: approx. 5.5 hours (difficult)

(breakfast, dinner)

 

Day 8:   Baconao

Today we will walk through the Baconao Park back to the coast. We will pass coffee plantations and trek through dense vegetation to reach our hotel. Accommodation at Hotel Carisol Los Coralis.

Daily walking route: approx. 5 hours (difficult)

(breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 

Day 9: Baracoa

A bus will take you along the coast, over the famous La Farola Pass, to the sleepy town of Baracoa in the far east of the island. Barrocoa is Cuba’s oldest city. You will explore the sights and learn about the history on a guided tour of the city. Accommodation is the Finca de la Esperanza.

(breakfast, dinner)

 

Day 10: Baracoa

Today we will walk up the El Yunque Mountain, Baracoa’s most famous landmark. At the top you will enjoy a wonderful view over the unspoiled landscape of eastern Cuba. Overnight stay at the Finca de la Esperanza.

Daily walking route: 8 hours (difficult)

(breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 

Day 11: Alejandro de Humboldt Nacional Park

Today we will visit the Alejandro de Humboldt National Park is home to Cuba’s primary ecosystem. Here you will trek through dense rainforest and encounter a multitude of plants and animals native to this climate. Overnight stay in the forestry station of the Alejandro de Humboldt National Park.   

Daily walking route: 4.5 hours (moderate)

(breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 

Day 12: Alejandro de Humboldt Nacional Park

Before leaving this impressive national park we will walk the fascinating “Balcon de Iberia” nature trail. Afterwards a bus will take you to Pinares de Mayari. Here you will spent the night camping.   

Daily walking route: 4 hours (moderate)

(breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 

Day 13: Pinares de Mayari

Today we will walk through the pine forests of the Parque Nacional La Mensura towards the highest waterfall in Cuba, the Salto del Guayabo. There will be fantastic scenic views from near the waterfall. You will spent the night camping in tents.

Daily walking route: 4.5 hours (moderate)

(breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 

Day 14: Holguin

The bus will take you back to Holguín. In the afternoon you can explore Holguín and its many parks. Accommodation and dinner at Hotel Villa el Bosque.

(breakfast, dinner)

 

Day 15: Departure

Your transfer will take you to Holguin Airport (optional) for your flight back home or you may continue on to your next holiday arrangement.

(breakfast)

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Cuba Trekking West

 

15 days / 14 nights

At a glance

Trek through western Cuba! Experience up close the beautiful and vibrant nature beauty that the island offers. The incredible variety of scenery and wildlife will make your trip unforgettable. You will trek through the world famous tobacco plantations, climb the Sierra de Escambray mountains and experience authentic and rural Cuba. 

 

Services included

  • 14 overnight stays including breakfast
  • 10 x Lunch (also including picnics on tour)
  • 13 x Dinner
  • Multilingual qualified tour guide
  • All transfers not described as optional in air conditioned mini-vans
  • Entrance fees as described

Services not included

  • International flight
  • Tourist Card
  • Additional drinks and meals
  • Tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Departure tax
  • Travel Insurance

Notes

  • The camping equipment mentioned in this itinerary is of basic standard.
  • There are no single rooms available in tents.
  • Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Itinerary

Day 1: Havana

Arrival in Havana. Transfer to your hotel in Havana included.
Overnight stay at the Hotel Plaza.

 

Day 2: Havana – Las Terrazas

You will have a guided city tour of historic old town of Havana. Explore the vibrant streets and squares of the old town with its fascinating buildings, before you get to know the modern Havana. In the afternoon a bus will take you to Las Terrazas nature reserve in the Sierra de Rosario UNESCO world heritage biosphere. Here you will go for a short walk and have the opportunity to bathe in the refreshing Rio San Juan.

Accommodation at Cabañas Rio San Juan.

 (breakfast, dinner)

 

Day 3: Soroa

The trekking tour starts today as leave the Las Terrazas and trek through the nature reserve towards Soroa. You will pass former coffee plantations en route.

You will stay the night at Villas Soroa.  

Daily walking route: approx. 5 hours (moderate)

(breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 

Day 4: Mil Cumbres

Today you will trek an area which is home to various rare bird species endemic to Cuba. Keep an eye out for these rare beauties on your way to our destination-theMil Cumbres biological research station.

Accommodation at Cabañas Mil Cumbres.

Daily walking route: approx. 6 hours (difficult)

(breakfast, picnic, dinner)

 

Day 5: Vinales

Today’s walk leads you to the Viñales Valley which is the most important region for tobacco production. The unique landscape of this region is marked by strange steep hill known as “Mogotes” amongst the tobacco fields. It is one of the most beautiful landscapes of the country.

Overnight stay and dinner at Hotel Rancho San Vicente.

Daily walking route: approx. 5.5 hours (difficult)

(breakfast, picnic, dinner)

 

Day 6: San Diego de los Banos

We will walk today from Viñales through the national park towards the Santo Tomas cave, the biggest cave on the island. A bus will take you to San Diego de los Baños, which is famous for its mineral springs. Here you will have lunch at a local restaurant.

Accommodation and dinner at Hotel Mirador de San Diego.

(breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Daily walking route: approx. 5 hours (difficult)

 

Day 7: Cueva de los Portales

Today we will walk from San Diego through the Güira nature park to the Cueva de los Portales. This cave was once used by Cuban natives as a hideout and it subsequently served as Che Guevara’s the headquarters during the revolution.

 Overnight stay in tents.  

Daily walking route: approx. 6 hours (difficult)

(breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 

Day 8: Topes de Collantes

Today you will be taken by bus to the city of Trinidad. You will visit the bustling old town with its colorful houses and unique Cuban flair. In the afternoon we continue to Sierra Escambray.

We will stay the night at Hotel Los Helechos.

(breakfast, dinner)

 

Day 9:  Topes de Collantes

From the hotel you walk through a paradise of pine and eucalyptus trees towards the Codina Park, a former coffee plantation. The hike continues through the dense Sierra Escambray rainforest  along the scenic Rio Melodioso. At the end of the trek you will have the opportunity to bathe and relax in a natural clear water pool against an idyllic background of the waterfall.

We will stay the night in tents at the Finca Codina.  

(breakfast, picnic, dinner)

Daily walking route: approx. 4 hours (moderate)

 

Day 10: Topes de Collantes

On today’s walk from Guanayara Park to Caburni you will have fantastic views of the captivating flora, fauna and birdlife of the region. The Caburni waterfall is said to be the most beautiful in the country. 

Overnight stay at Villas Caburni.

Daily walking route: approx. 4,5 hours (moderate)

(breakfast, picnic, dinner)

 

Day 11: Topes de Collantes

You will trek the breathtaking Sierra de Escambray again on smaller hidden trails. You will be surrounded by wildlife and will enjoy spectacular panoramas.

We will stay the night in tents at Cubano Park.  

Daily walking route: approx. 5 hours (difficult)

(breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 

Day 12: Jarico

You will be taken by bus to the Alturas de Banao nature reserve approximately 50 km from Trinidad. It is the perfect place to explore remote Cuba.

Overnight stay at simple cabins in Jarcio.

(breakfast, dinner)

 

Day 13: Jarico

Today’s walk is particularly well suited for bird watching as Jarico provides the perfect habitat for several rare species. There is also a refreshing waterfall awaiting you on this trail.

Overnight stay at simple cabins in Jarcio.

Daily walking route: approx. 3.5 hours (difficult)

(breakfast, picnic, dinner)

 

Day 14: Havana

In the morning you go on a short hike through the nature reserve before a bus takes you back to Havana in the afternoon. Here you will have one final dinner as a group to commemorate this fantastic trip.

You will stay the night at Hotel Plaza.

Daily walking route: 3 hours (easy)

(breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 

Day 15: Departure

Transfer to Airport included.

 

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