Cuba & Costa Rica
Delight in the history, charm and culture of old-world Cuba before exploring the incredible natural environments of Costa Rica. Drink and dance with the fascinating Cuban locals in Havana and Trinidad, visit the tobacco farmers in Vinales then hike and swim in Costa Rica’s national parks on this adventure through two of Latin America’s most talked about destinations.
- Old-world charm, a rich history and sleepy rural towns – evocative Cuba is something special and like nowhere else on earth. Discover the difference between city and coastal life on this 16-day adventure.
- Hike the forested jungle trails of Manuel Antonio National Park
- Experience the diversity of Costa Rica's environment
|Physical||Cultural||Max Group Size||12||Duration||16 days|
|Category||Gold||Trips for those who want a tonne of inclusions, better standard accommodation, larger roomier vehicles.|
Day 1 - Havana
There will be a welcome meeting at approximately 6pm this evening. Please expect a letter from your leader in the afternoon of Day 1 to confirm the place of your meeting (if by 5pm you cannot locate this letter then please ask your guesthouse owner if one has been delivered, or ask to call our assistance line listed in the "Problems and emergency contact information" section of this document). We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. The tour briefing is generally followed by an optional group dinner.
As there's a great deal to do in Havana, we recommend staying a few extra days to make the most of this exciting city. If you need help booking extra accommodation, our reservations team will be happy to assist. If you arrive early, please note most activities in Cuba can only be booked through the tourist desk in the lobbies of the larger hotels or direct with the venue. If you don't have the luxury of extending your time in Havana and taking up some of the suggested optional activties listed below, there are plenty of good museums to check out before your welcome meeting, including the Museo de la Revolucion and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.
Day 2 - Soroa – Vinales
Day 3 - Vinales
Vinales is a small and charming rural village. It's probably the easiest place to mingle with locals in Cuba, who are very sociable. Many of them love nothing better than to drink rum and dance the night away. An informal salsa lesson is included so you are confident to be involved. Later head to an ecological farm for an included dinner.
Day 4 - Bay of Pigs - Cienfuegos
Then the short drive to your destination for the night, Cienfuegos. This is the gem of the south, a seaside town of relaxing streets and dazzling buildings that strike a beautiful pose by the water. You will enjoy a photo stop at Palacio del Valle, which is Cienfuegos' architectural pride and joy. Learn more about its history as you take in the beauty of its intricate carvings of Venetian alabaster. If you haven't done so already, perhaps try some Cuban coffee while you're here – it's served black, strong and super sweet.