The warm humid Caribbean air filled with the scents of the tropics
is an ideal accompaniment to a reflective Mojito at the end of a
day. There is much to reflect on, a lesson in cigar making, a trip in
a 1950’s taxi, a walk through fields of pineapple and tobacco or the
time warp experience of Spanish colonial cities. Then let the music
catch your attention, it is never far away. Or maybe muse on Cuba’s
unique political experiment. The facts are well known but always
worthy of further consideration on a balmy Cuban night.
We fly into Havana and then travel to the Sierra del Rosario
Mountains with three nights at Viñales and one at Soroa. Here
we explore the rare Karst rock formations of the Viñales Valley.
Everywhere the land is fertile and green. We will walk past fields of
tobacco and pineapple, stopping for lunch at a farmer’s hut.
We fly west and continue by road to Baracoa to walk where
Columbus landed more than 500 years earlier, and then to Santiago,Cuba’s second city. Stopping at Camaguay we continue to old
Trinidad, one of the best preserved colonial cities in the Americas. We walk in the Sierra del Escambray. Finally to Havana with time to
explore one of the world’s most fascinating cities. Chaotic, careworn in places but full of life and music and endlessly engaging, it is a
great place to spend some time.
This is a holiday for the traveller and has a pioneer status to
indicate the spirit of adventure, as things may not always go as
expected – it’s the Cuban way! However we aim to get out into the
hills for walks on eight days.
Visit soon – with the new spirit of entente, Cuba isn’t going to
remain unique and untouched forever! Please ask about extending
your stay in Havana at the end of the holiday.