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Experience untamed Cuba, celebrate island life

Wild Cuba adventure tour

Stay in bewitching Viñales Valley
Discover ancient historical Havana
Boat ride to enchanting Cayo Levisa
Horseback riding in the mountains
Snorkeling, plus optional scuba dive
Dine at the best private restaurants
Tobacco plantation and organic farm
Zipline in the land of the mogotes
Explorer modern Havana by bike
Downtime to explore on your own

Wild Cuba adventure tour overview

A special place on earth so exquisite it takes your breath away. Otherworldly. A stunning tropical paradise of magical landscapes and beguiling warm waters. An enchanted musical secret island filled with kind effusive people who nourish your soul.

This is our Cuba.

During your Cuba adventure holiday, you’ll experience the humble lives of rural Cubans, be a witness to their unspoiled environment, and the recipient of amazing good times.

This tour is for people of all ages who love the outdoors and desire to engage with vivacious people and imbibe in their vibrant undulating culture.

Together with a small group of like-minded travel companions, you’ll enjoy tasty Cuban cuisine (most meals included). You’ll discover Havana in 1950s classic American convertibles, and journey to magical Guanahacabibes mountains harboring the Viñales Village where Cuba’s famed tobacco flourishes, explore several western provinces, and some of the most important UNESCO World Heritage sites in our Americas.

You’ll traverse a metropolis and small hamlets with miles of pristine hypnotic nature in between, all the time staying in comfortable, safe, clean hotels.

You’ll walk, swim, hike, bike, sail, and snorkel across rivers, seas, forests, and parks. Level of exertion is flexible. This trip gets a fun ranking of five stars.

Wild Cuba adventure tour map

On this tour you’ll visit

Cuba is big. It’s larger than Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont combined.

Day 1 • Saturday • Say hello to Cuba!

Cuban girls drinking Havana Club rum.
Cubans rank high on world happiness index. Constant hellos, jokes, and smiles greet American guests. Free education and health care, no homelessness, and low rate of violent crime boost spirits. Photo Ana Lorena.
  • Arrival at Havana’s José Martí International Airport.
  • Collect your luggage and proceed through Cuban customs to the arrivals lobby.
  • Consider purchasing Cuban Convertible Pesos at the airport exchange bureau (CADECA), or later at your hotel.
  • Our airport concierge or tour guide will meet you and arrange transfers from the airport to your hotel NH Capri, located in El Vedado, the heart of Havana’s cultural district. Yum.
  • Hotel check-in is pre-arranged – just present your passport.
  • Enjoy a welcome cocktail, then settle in and freshen up.
  • Group arrival dinner with your guide and tourmates at hotel.
  • Evening entertainment options: Groove to live jazz, relax in a lounge, or revel in a dicey dance show near your hotel.

Day 2 • Sunday • Getting to know Old Havana

Cuban hip-hop artist in Old Havana.
Dancing in the streets. Spontaneity combined with snappy tropical tunes hallmarks outdoor entertainment. Hip-hop artist shows off his talent among friends. Never a dull moment in Havana. Photos Ana Lorena.
  • Greet the day with tasty breakfast served at your hotel.
  • Get ready for a ride to the landmark Morro Castle in 1950s American vintage automobiles. Followed by a guided tour of Cuba’s recently restored majestic Capitolio.
  • Next is a guided walking tour of Old Havana and its four historic plazas. We'll visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites that make Havana unique in the western hemisphere. Together they contain the most extensive collection of remaining Spanish colonial-era architecture in the world: the 18th-century Cathedral Square, the Catedral de San Cristóbal de la Habana, the ancient military parade ground Plaza de Armas, and 17th century Plaza Vieja, the only civic square of colonial times.
  • Lunch at El Rum Rum restaurant. In Cuba, eating establishments are full of rum (the vital ingredient for mojitos) and rum rum (local term for gossip). And gossip we must, because El Rum Rum is the talk of Habana Vieja paying homage to seafood, Spanish gastronomy, cigars and throat-warming shots of the hard stuff.
  • Return to hotel and freshen up.
  • Guided tour of the Museum of the Revolution, former magnificent palace of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. Learn the story of Cuba from colonial times to the present. Exhibits include the yacht Granma in which Fidel Castro and 81 other rebel combatants returned to Cuba from exile in México in 1956 to launch the Revolution, and relics from the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban missile crisis.
  • Return to your hotel and freshen up.
  • Group welcome dinner at the private restaurant Mojito Mojito. Ideally situated near Plaza Vieja, its friendly atmosphere, fantastic food, and terrific mojitos gives it top ranking on TripAdvisor.

Day 3 • Monday • Viñales Valley, land of the gods

Cuban farm family ride in horse drawn cart.
Farm family goes to market. Since the fifth millennium BC, the horse and cart have moved people and their things. In rural Cuba this form of eco-friendly transportation is common. Photo Ana Lorena.
  • Greet the day with tasty breakfast served at your hotel.
  • Early departure to Viñales Valley, an idyllic mountaintop hamlet in the heart of Cuba's premier tobacco growing region. The town sits in the center of an expansive valley surrounded by stunning karst hills formations known locally as mogotes. Mogotes are irregularly shaped steep-sided hills that can rise as a thousand feet, and have bases ranging from just a few hundred yards in diameter to as much as a couple of kilometers in width.
  • Lunch at an organic farm known as Finca Paraiso. All of its menu item ingredients are organic and farm fresh.
  • We’ll hike the fields of this organic farm and learn how the family reclaimed a rocky mountainside to grow vegetables, herbs, and exotic fruit trees.
  • Tour a privately owned small tobacco farm that produces rarified leaves for Cuban’s world-renowned cigars. Meet the owners, a third generation women who operate the farm using horses and oxen. They’ll give a personal demonstration of how hand rolled Habano cigars are created.
  • Boat ride through the heart of Cueva del Indio [Indian cave]. Float on the underground river that runs through this vast cavern. You'll get an awesome view of the monster stalactites and stalagmites lining the interior of this mogote.
  • Check-in to your Hotel Central in Viñales.
  • Time to relax and freshen up for the evening.
  • Dinner not included in tour cost. It’s an occasion to sample Havana’s stellar private eateries and taste the diversity of the island’s distinctive cuisines. We’ll provide suggestions for restaurants most popular with Cubans and our travelers.

Day 4 • Tuesday • Cayo Levisa, tropical splendor

Cuban beach boys play volley ball with a coconut
Cuban beach boys play handball with a coconut. Snorkel in the healthiest coral reefs in the Caribbean. Cuba’s coastal shorelines are protected and remain pristine. Photo Ana Lorena.
  • Greet the day with tasty breakfast served at your hotel.
  • Cayo Levisa. Early morning escape to a tiny island rimmed with coconut trees and mangroves, home to endemic bird species. Sink your feet into the island’s smooth white sands, or venture into the warm waters to explore the pristine coral reefs. Enjoy snorkeling (included), or optional scuba diving. Essential. You must have a scuba certificate for this activity.
    Along Cayo Levisa’s two-and-a-half miles of beach, there are 21 diving spots. Offshore you'll see sponges, rare black coral, and myriad species of tropical fish. Examine the remains of Spanish galleons shipwrecked during the 17th and 18th centuries.
  • A traditional island lunch is included.
  • Return to your hotel in Viñales, time to freshen up for the evening.
  • Dinner tonight is included at Yuri y Nino private restaurant.
  • Think about taking in some of Viñales local nightlife! Your guide can suggest venues.

Day 5 • Wednesday • Horseback and zipline thrills

Zipline in Cuba.
Thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies delight. Zipline across Cuban tobacco fields and around mogotes (prehistoric mini-mountains).
  • Greet the day with tasty breakfast served at your hotel.
  • Check-out of your hotel.
  • Time for horseback riding, included.
  • Special hit for thrill-seekers: ziplining in Viñales Valley, included.
  • Lunch is included at private restaurant Balcón del Valle.
  • Return to your Havana hotel.
  • Check-in, relax and freshen up for the evening.
  • Dinner not included in tour cost. It’s an occasion to sample Havana’s stellar private eateries and taste the diversity of the island’s distinctive cuisines. We’ll provide suggestions for restaurants most popular with Cubans and our travelers.

Day 6 • Thursday • Biking in Vedado

Cubans riding bikes in Havana.
Rainy day fun. Boys hitch ride through the streets of Havana’s Vedado neighborhood. This adventure activity is not recommended for visitors. Smile. Photo Ana Lorena.
  • Greet the day with tasty breakfast served at your hotel.
  • Now we explore Vedado by bike!
  • Lunch included at the top-rated private paladar Ivan Chef Justo.
  • The afternoon is yours to explore the city and get to know Cubans.
  • Farewell group dinner at the private restaurant Los Naranjos.
  • Evening entertainment suggestions: Fábrica de Arte, Zorra y Cuervo, Tropicana, Buena Vista, or salsa lessons. Your guide can help with arrangements.

Day 7 • Friday • Farewell to Cuba

Cubans riding bikes in Havana.
Love on the Malecón seawall. Havana’s famous oceanside promenade snakes along city for five miles. At night it transforms into a giant block party. Cubans of all ages converge for music, relaxation, WiFi, and fun. Old world romantic charm. Photo Ana Lorena.
  • Greet the day with tasty breakfast served at your hotel.
  • Transfer to Havana’s José Martí International Airport for flights home.
  • We’ll miss you and hope you will return soon. In Cuba we say: A true friend remembers the song in your heart when you have forgotten the lyrics.
  • Wait! Want to extend your stay in Cuba? We’re here to help. Just ask us.

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Included in Cuba travel package cost

  • Small group size – usually fewer than ten guests
  • Certificate of Legal Cuba Travel ensuring compliance with U.S. Cuba regulations
  • Knowledgeable, fun, caring Cuban guide from arrival to departure
  • Quality hotels in Cuba as mentioned in this itinerary
  • Modern air-conditioned coach and professional chauffeur, and bottled water daily
  • Cuban airport-hotel transfers on tour start and end days
  • All activities, entrance fees, and services described in this itinerary
  • Emergency telephone and internet access from Cuba to America
  • Cash advances for participants caught short of funds in Cuba
  • Ongoing support from our U.S. and Cuban staff before, during and after travel

Tasty meals included each tour day

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