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  • 10

    Wonderful holiday

    Great trip and an amazing country! It is sunny, friendly, vibrant with bright colours, music and art, delicious papayas and mangos, pina coladas served in a pint glass, streets full of Rickshaw taxis and palms tree adding to the tropical holiday feel.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Watching the Vegas Grande waterfalls; dancing salsa in Trinidad in the House of Music; birds watching in Sierra Maestra, swimming in the Ocean

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He had a good sense of humour and relaxed approach, typically Cuban. Always trying to accomodate the group needs.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring two walking poles for this trip, as the trek is tough and the mountains are very steep. Be prepared for unexpected, as Cuba is full of surprises. Taking few salsa lessons before travelling may be a good idea and this will definietely add to your experience - practising your dancing moves in Cuba feels amazing!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Go there as soon as you can to experience the country before globalization. If you ever thought about Time Travel, it is a place to go to.

  • 6

    Trekking Highlights of Cuba

    Overall, this was a great trip. We saw a lot of Cuba, our group was great and got on well, and Cuba is a fascinating country with a lot of very interesting post WW2 history. Cuba is already changing fast and in Havana in particular there seemed to be more tourists than locals - however elsewhere we were often off the beaten track and I really enjoyed that. There was one big negative - I felt that some of the hiking was well beyond a Level 3. I try to avoid extended steep descents and always intended to sit out the 'optional day' (very much the right decision for me), and I found Day 6 (3km of continuous steep descent) too tough to be enjoyable. If you are a good solid "level 2 walker" who occasionally enjoys a Level 3 day, you might find some of this too tough.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Swimming in the pool under the waterfall, fantastic!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 6

    Treking Highlights of Cuba

    Good holiday. Some of the accommodation was not up to standard and some of the group were not fit enough for the grade of holiday.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Fidel Castro's hide out in the mountains

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Good but some of his explanations were not clear about the arrangements for the following date but also the Trip Notes were not very clear and need improvement.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    Trekking Highlights of Cuba

    I chose this trip to see as much of the island as possible and to walk in its various lanscapes, even if this did mean some long bus journeys. The trip lived up entirely to my expectations and it was great too to see the colonial architecture, faded though it often was, and to visit some of the historical sites (the visit to the armoured train museum in Santa Clara had been deleted from the current trip notes [though it is mentioned], but we persuaded our guide to take us there anyway). It was good to be able to immerse oneself in the history of the country and to interact with the locals.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seven of our group of 16 reached the summit of Pico Torquino, but though I was glad to make it there was no view from the top so this wasn't an inspirational moment. I think for me the most inspirational moment was being at the Capitol building (almost fully restored) and watching the American 1950's classic cars whizz by; for me it summed up the essence of present day Cuba and what I had come to see.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader normally guided the bicycle tours so wasn't used to the trekking trip. He was friendly enough and explained clearly the history of the country and its current political machinations. At other times, however, he could not always give adequate advice. For the ascent of Pico Torquino, for example, we were told we would each get two small bottles of water, but the guide could not say if this would be adequate for the ascent and descent. There was a tourist train from Trinidad, which I would have gone on had I known about it, but the guide failed to mention it as it does not always run (due to mechanical issues); it was running on our free day there.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    In Trinidad, in addition to the optional tours in the trip notes, you may well also be offered a guided tour of the town; those who went on it enjoyed it. In addition there is a tourist train (the station is just a few minutes from the home stays) at 09.30 to Sugar Mills Valley (10 CUC); it gets you back at 2.50 p.m. which is still enough time to see Trinidad town.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The guide felt Cuba wouldn't change with the mooted lifting of sanctions by the USA. I'm not so sure, I'd go sooner rather than later.

  • 10

    Trekking Highlights of Cuba

    A fantastic Cuban adventure with a great group of people. We laughed, walked, danced and drank cocktails from West to East and back. Well constructed itinerary, plenty of diversity and still time for relaxation. I felt that the grading was right, all the relevant information is in the Trip Notes re. walking conditions and fitness.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Too many to choose one - stays at the Casa's in Vinales and Trinidad. The tour and meal at the Organic Farm. Swimming under the Waterfall, the beautiful town of Trinidad. The walking, of course. Salsa lessons. Last but not least beautiful vibrant Havana.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tony was professional and very patient with our group which covered a wide age range. His talks about Cuban history, politics and geography were great, the right length and content which passed the time on the longer travel days.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you are willing to be patient and flexible (things don't always run to plan) you will have a brilliant time. Read the Trip Notes carefully before you go. Do change enough money at Havana airport for several days if you can, saves worrying about it in more remote areas.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thanks Exodus for another brilliant trip.

  • 10

    Ms

    A very interesting, educational and busy trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Having the opportunity to climb 3 peaks of Pico Joaquin, Regino &amp; Turquino

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. Laz was enthusiastic, more than capable of dealing with our group, and provided considerable information with regard to his country and its history for which I was very grateful.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Nothing comes to mind over and above that contained within the trip notes. I found a copy of The Rough Guide to Cuba very useful.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 8

    CAMINO DE CUBA

    The trip was all that it promised to be, visiting all the places we had read about and finally all 16 in the group managing the 2 day ascent of Turquino. It was a good group and we all got on well togerher. Our biggest thanks must go to group leader Tony and bus driver Luis. They could not do enough for us and took good care of everyone.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There was a good group feeling after we all had managed Turquino, the highlight and highest point of our trip

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tony was brilliant, always there for us and ready to help if we had any problem. It was his third ascent of Turquino this year, but he remained positive and enthusiastic. He had a good rapport with locals and it was great to meet tobacco growers, shepherds and the like in the hills, and to discover (with Tony's help) how they lived. Tony was a proud Cuban, but I never felt that our trip was politicised in any way.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you are able, try to obtain a basic knowledge of Spanish. The people in Cuba are very friendly and love it if you can communicate with them. This is especially true when you stay in one of the casas particulares (Trinidad) , where you will find the owners love to talk to you.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I have only one suggestion. The journey from Trinidad to the Sierra Maestra ended in darkness. It was very difficult for our driver Luis, because so many of the road users, including horse carts and cyclists do not have lights! It was nail biting at times and Luis said it was the most stressful journey he had undertaken. In Cuba, it starts to get dark at 6 and is competely dark by 6.30, at that time of year. If we had left Trinidad at 7.30 instead of 8.30, this problem could have been avoided

  • 6

    CAMINO DE CUBA

    A fascinating but hectic experience of both nature and culture.  The walking becomes increasingly more challenging despite relatively modest distances.  I found the trip to be quite expensive with a good proportion of meals not included and little opportunity to fend for yourself.  

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I thoroughly enjoyed our time in the Sierra Maestra mountains (both the trek to Pico Torquino and the visit to Fidel's command centre).  However, the country is so different from Britain that there is always something of interest, whether walking, travelling (looking out the window) or sight-seeing in one of the historic towns.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tony was friendly and very knowledgable, imparting lots of information, but I was not always able to hear everything he said over the microphone on the minibus.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring cleansing gel and lots of wet wipes for your hands as many of the toilets do not flush and sometimes there is no running water.  If there is water, be prepared for it to be cold! Make sure you have and keep plenty of small denomination coins - you will need it for tips everywhere you go, including the toilet! 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I enjoyed all the walking but it was all inland.  Since Cuba is an island, perhaps a coastal route could be included in the itinery?

  • 10

    Trekking Highlights of Cuba

    Varied, action-packed trip, including spectacular scenery, different places to stay, and variety of experiences music, cocktails as well as mountains and wildlife

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Trek up Pico Turquino most memorable Havana very interesting Staying in casas relaxing

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. Patient, humorous and well-informed.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Some people found the Turquino trek tougher than expected. Lot of sitting in buses.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Long bus journeys inevitable in order to cover as much of the island as we did, but if there was a way of reducing that the holiday would have been even better.

  • 10

    CAMINO DE CUBA

    A very interesting trip with  7   days of  walking although only  2  were tough and visiting the historic towns of Cuba, We saw an amazing amount in the  2 weeks, A great value holiday without any hassle. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the top of Pico Turquino was  a great feeling as  we had started at 5.10am in the dark and  got to the top at 8am.  The  cocktails  were wonderful, not that alcoholic or perhaps we just got used to them, mojitos and pina colada.  Havana was fantastic  exploring the old town and Central Havana. Visiting Santa Clara, Che's mausoleum and the Sierra Maestra commando camp were interesting and made  one  want to know more about Che as a person. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader Freddy,  was particularly fantastic we all thought he was amazing  organizing meals for  us  when we had free time, taking us to clubs for music and  salsa, an excellent  spotter and identifier of birds and above  all so patient. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Must  take wet wipes for  time at bunk houses and when water systems fail. Be prepared for  food that is not great, except on a few meals  which were the highlight, lobster in Trinidad,  A head torch essential if using poles for the climb of Pico turquino.  

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We all loved staying in the old style hotels although there was not always availability, so had to prepared for  hotels  although clean not that great atmospherically. Soviet  style utalitarian, It  would be good if Exodus had a link up  with a school in  the east of Cuba which we could have visited. 

  • 10

    CAMINO DE CUBA

    This trip lived up to my expectations of being a challenging trek and providing lots of cultural experiences.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Initially, I thought I would not be able to manage the Pico de Tourquino hike but the first few days walking helped me gain confidence in my ability. On the day, we set off from the mountain hut at 5am with torches to begin our ascent. It was tough but our guide Jorge set a good pace and we were all able to keep up. Reaching the summit and having our group photo taken by the statue of Jose Marti made up for the sore muscles. It has to be said that going back down was almost as difficult.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader, Juan Carlos, was great. He had a keen sense of humour, was always cheerful, and managed to keep the group happy. He dealt with the various setbacks, ie hotel closures and changes to accommodation, so that the group understood the need for the 'changes to plan'. He organised entertainment for us wherever possible and introduced us to the Cuban way of life. Our guides in the three walking areas were also very good, especilly Jorge in the Sierra Maestra. He constantly cheered us on with talk of 'undulations' and helped us to reach the peak. He was very knowledgable on the plant and bird life in the national park. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    travellers should understand that there are times when things don't go to plan in Cuba. One needs to be adaptable and to be prepared for last minute changes. The accommodations were mostly of the highest quality, especially in Camaguey and Havanna. However, the mountain huts were very basic, thankfully only for 2 nights.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    As most goods such as clothing and toiletries are very expensive for Cubans, try to take some small items as gifts for hotel staff and guides.

  • 6

    CAMINO DE CUBA

    A trip incorporating some very tough walks, early mornings and long days. Unfortunately, for me, not as enjoyable as I had hoped although Cuba as a country is great. Whole trip felt quite hectic - read the trip notes carefully!   

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Cuban people and the feeling of safety whether in the country or city.  Visiting Castro's hideout in the Sierra Maestra and learning about the revolution and other Cuban history.  Spending a day on a catamaran trip out to a small coral reef and "iguana island".  Finding our way around Havana for a couple of days, just enough to start to "feel" the city and enjoy everything it has to offer.  

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Juan Carlos was excellent.  We learnt so much from him and he was always ready to answer questions.  It's always good to hear points of view from a local person. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    As above, read the trip notes very carefully. The hikes up/down Pico Turquino are arduous to say the least (I elected not to go to the very top) mostly on uneven rough steps. Take walking poles and don't attempt this trip if your knees might be a problem. 95% of this walk is in forest so don't expect much in the way of views. We had to carry our own hike luggage from La Platica to the car park (about 1km mostly steep uphill). Those that went to the top had to be ready to walk at 5am and we finished that day at La Platica around 5pm with an hour for lunch. The bunkhouse at Aguada de Joaquin is VERY basic, probably the worse I have ever stayed in. The loo absolutely stank and made many of us feel very queasy.  There is no water apart from bottled drinking water - take antiseptic gel, wet wipes and tissue/loo paper. The humidity means nothing dries overnight, be prepared to wear sweaty, dirty clothes for a couple of days.     

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I have to admit I was in the minority - most of the others would not be so harsh about this trip. Walking in Vinales was lovely but the other 2 areas were hard work. We were up most days at 6.45 - luxury in Havana not to rise until 8! Didn't really get as much interaction with Cubans as I would have liked, not the sort of walking where you just met people en-route. Vinales offered some great views but not really so with the other hiking. Cuba is not the place to see wildlife. We saw a few birds and a tame tree rat but that's pretty much it apart from iguanas, tree rats and hermit crabs on our island trip. I loved swimming in the sea and would have liked more opportunity to do that. I was also hoping to get a salsa lesson or two but it just didn't happen. I don't think anybody could relate to the "B" trip grading. The walks are definitely more strenuous than this indicates and overall it is a busy, tiring trip. I certainly had wonderful moments and would recommend Cuba but unfortunately this was not the right trip for me. I would have preferred longer more scenic walks at a lower level and more time in the evenings to relax. It was hotter than I expected for December with temps regularly in the 30s and humidity of 65% which made the walking very hard work.  Try to drink even more than you are given for each walk - buy extra.     

  • 10

    CAMINO DE CUBA

    Amazing introduction to Cuba - its people, history, scenery, music and rum! Couldn't have been a better mixture of walking, eating, drinking, chatting, sightseeing - perfect!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    My first swim in the Carib sea, finding lion fish under rocks and a stingray just a few feet offshore, and the accompanying perfect sunset!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Juan-Carlos is The Man - accept no other! Friendly, informed, flexible, patient, cheerful, encouraging - all you want from a guide.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trekking is harder than it sounds - Pico Turquino is under 2000m but it's a hard, sweaty, sticky slog, mostly on slippy muddy steps - in many ways I found Kili in October an easier walk. Also you WILL be scammed - not huge amounts of money but it's relentless - be prepared, be cheerful, and remember we are FAR richer than virtually EVERYONE you'll see.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just do it! Cuba is a unique place, but will change fast once the American embargo is lifted. It'll still be a wonderful destination (cars, climate, rum, music etc!) but now's the time to catch it.

  • 10

    CAMINO DE CUBA

    A fascinating trip which combined trekking and the culture of the real Cuba in a very effective way

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There are several: climbing Pico Turquino; meeting Cuban people; the traditional music and the food in the private restaurants.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tony was very friendly and informative. As a group we had many questions all of which he was able to answer and he gave us a good insight into the Cuban way of life. One small criticism was that on the walk up to  Pico Turquino he didn't seem to be ready to attend to one person who slipped over but fortunately didn't suffer any serious injury. He did inquire about her welfare that day and subsequent days however.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You need to be reasonably fit for the trekking as mentioned in the trip notes especially for Pico Turquino. The ground is often uneven and the weather was very humid except in Havana. The first bunkhouse used for Pico Turquino is very basic-no hot water and make sure you take toilet paper! It can be confusing remembering what meals are to be provided each day so make sure you take the trip notes with you and have enough cash in advance where you are expected to pay for them. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It would have been better if we had had a welcome meeting as a group on the first evening in Havana especially for the single people on the trip. It can be confusing remembering what meals are to be provided each day as there is a wide variation from day which keeps the initial cost of the holiday down but you need to ensure you have enough cash when in the remote areas.

  • 6

    Trekking Highlights of Cuba

    Cuba is a fascinating country at an important time in its history. There is some good trekking and interesting cities. Live music is everywhere and is a highlight of the holiday. Generally, the accommodation is good, but the food average. Unfortunately, there was a lot of travelling by coach. Overall I was a little disappointed with the holiday and, on balance, would probably not recommend it (see my advice below).

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking the area around Vinales. The cities of Trinidad and Havana are also very interesting.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Laz, our group leader was great and was sensitive and helpful when many of us were ill.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Think hard before going for this trip. Whilst the the political history is interesting, some of the landscape beautiful and the music and climate great, there are a number of issues to bear in mind. 1. Cuba is already overcrowded with tourists and this will only get worse. The infrastructure cannot cope and hotels are often overbooked. At times I felt like I was on a tourist conveyor belt. 2. Cuba is big island and the itinerary involves a lot of transport by coach. The 10 hour trip to Sierra Maestra was particularly long and mainly passed through rather boring flat countryside. 3. Half of our tour party became ill with sickness and diarrhoea during the trip, despite taking precautions. This caused my wife and I to miss some of the treks. This appears to be a common problem in Cuba. 4. The food in state restaurants is repetitive and bland. Private restaurants are better and improving. 5. The trek up Pico Turquino was rather disappointing. The walking involved a lot of steep uneven and large steps, in high humidity. The continuous tree cover meant that there were few good views even at the top of the mountain. I think that it was more difficult than level 3. Frankly, it was probably not worth all the effort. 6. The itinerary does not allow for a swim in the Caribbean sea, which is surprising. We took a 15 min taxi ride (10 CUC each way) to Ancon beach from Trinidad which was great.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    My only other Exodus trekking holiday was 'Spice Trails of Kerala' which was brilliant and, I suggest, a better and more interesting option than this holiday.

  • 6

    CAMINO DE CUBA

    The trip was rated moderate, however one of the days was really strenuous.  We hiked for almost 11 hours.  It was very hot, though we were hiking under trees so it was mostly shady.  The rest of the trip was quite gentle hiking.  We learned a lot about Cuba during the trip from our very knowledegable guide.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visiting a farm house in Vinales and watching a famer roll and smoke a cigar from his home grown tobacco. Swimming in the Carribean.  This was an extra activity added by our Guide at our request. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was very, very good.  Good logistics and interpersonal skills.  We also had an excellent driver.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The climb up Pico Turquino and on to the second bunkhouse is a very long day.  When you get to the top of the mountain there is no actaul view because of the vegeation, however there are good views on the way up.  The bunkhouse accomodations at the base camp prior to the ascent are very basic (though you can get beer there!)  Our guide had the foresight to bring vegeatables for our supper at the bunkhouse. The 'toilet' facilities were pretty bad.  

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The trip was very varied and we saw a lot of different aspects of Cuban life.

  • 8

    CAMINO DE CUBA

    This was my second trip to Cuba and it didn't disappoint!  The varied scenery and landscapes, friendly people, rhythmic music, rich history / ancestry, decaying architecture / superb restoration projects, the seafood and rum cocktails, etc!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    On my last trip we couldn't get to Fidel's Camandacia for operational reasons so it was satisfying and atmospheric to walk in that area this time.  The strenuous walk on the 2nd day of the Sierra Maestra trek was a challenging achievement and maybe inspired me never to do that again! Our inspirational group leader Freddy who went the 'extra mile' as a true host in his country.  Otherwise Cuba as a still emerging community is inspirational and beautiful with so much to offer as a holiday destination for all 'tastes'.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Freddy was the best group leader I have experienced (and I've been on over 16 trips).  He was knowledgable, enthusiastic, considerate, dealt professionally and calmly with many last minute changes to hotels, etc and had a fantastic sense of humour!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The 3-day trek in the Sierra Maestras was strenuous due to the humidity and the steep and slippery walking conditions.  I carried a 2L hydration system for frequent and easy sips of water on the move, plus spare bottles of water to top up when we had short breaks.  If you can use 2 poles then they would help to take the strain from your knees and avoid slips / trips.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you're a good walker then go for it!

  • 10

    Trekking holiday in Cuba

    A very interesting, educational and busy trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Having the opportunity to climb 3 peaks of Pico Joaquin, Regino &amp; Turquino

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. Laz was enthusiastic, more than capable of dealing with our group, and provided considerable information with regard to his country and its history for which I was very grateful.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Nothing comes to mind over and above that contained within the trip notes. I found a copy of The Rough Guide to Cuba very useful.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 4

    CAMINO DE CUBA

    Cuba is different. Probably different from anywhere you’ve been before, and that’s what makes the trip worthwhile. It’s fascinating because of the history of the island, and to see just how the society does, or in more acurately, doesn’t function.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    In researching this holiday I read many times, ‘Go and go now.’ Tourism has been promoted for about 15 years now, as a result Cuba is changing. If you want to see life in a time capsule then the advice is good. If you’re at all interested in the history, curious as to why the American government is so hostile, want to see a place which has no advertising (there’s nothing to buy), and, away from the towns, more horse drawn vehicles than motors, then you’ll love it.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    On the history part, our tour guide, Alex, was brilliant. He gave us the full whack from the original natives, through the Spanish colonisation, the introduction of sugar cane and slavery, the war of independence, the president/dictator period, the American involvement, the revolution, the mass exodus of the wealthy to the US, the soviet involvement, the American embargoes, the terrible effect of the soviet collapse, finally to modern day, and the adoption of tourism as a way out of their economic problems. It sounds dry stuff but it helped pass the time on the coach journeys. It also gives you the background as to why the multiracial, multicoloured populace all mix-in together now without any colour predudice, why most of them revere the Castros (Che, of course, is regarded as a demigod), and why Cuba is as it is. The fact that they have put two fingers up at the US for over 50 years and are still surviving, is awesome. Alex was a great guide; intelligent, informative, fun, and drop-dead gorgeous.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a money belt and change at least half your cash when you reach your first hotel. Thereafter you will be leaving/arriving at the hotels when the cambio offices are closed. Take a lot of muesli/energy bars. Take a torch and wet wipes. Mossies like me, but whilst I didn’t find them to be a problem here, one of our group was bitten very badly; mossies or something else, I don’t know. Be safe, use repellant on legs and cover-up at dusk. I found walking poles a necessity. I wouldn’t bother with extra nights in Havana. In a day and a half you will see all that there is to see.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    There are downsides to this trip; Eco tourism is pretty new. The camping and bunkhouses were as expected- very primitive, but I hadn’t expected the majority of the hotels we stayed in to be so poor. The bed linen was clean, even so I checked my bed for bed-bugs each night (it’s a habit since a bad experience in France) I didn’t find any, and actually I don’t think that Cuba has a bad name for them, but I did see some pretty awful mattresses. It’s not cheap. Two of us spent £600 on meals, drinks, entry fees, and tips. The food is poor; very high on carbs and very monotonous. You’ll be sick of rice & beans and if you’re vegetarian, you’ll be clucking by the time you leave. The private restaurants are way better, get your guide to take you to as many as possible. There are long coach journeys through not very interesting countryside, though you do see how they live and work. The walking is tough for this grade. I’m quite fit but found it hard work because of the humidity. Also the stepped paths in the Srra. Maestra were made for people with much longer legs than me. Quite a few of our group didn’t do the final push up to Pico Turquino; it was bad weather and getting to base camp was tough enough. All of which would count for nothing if the scenery had been good enough. For me it wasn’t. The best part of the trip was around Vinales in the west. It’s pretty, with very interesting limestone formations. The rest was fairly unspectacular walking, though of course there’s the other aspect; the old colonial town of Trinidad, and the jungle hideout of Che and the Castros. etc. This trip does allow you to visit the real Cuba, and see how the people live in a totalitarian, communist country. If you’re looking for something different, then go. Am I glad I went? I think so.

  • 10

    CAMINO DE CUBA

    An amazing holiday in an amazing country with amazing fellow travelers!This was truely an "experience "holiday that has left me wanting more!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Havana! We loved the restoration work that is going on with the attention to detail We enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and Latin music that echoed around the squares and streets.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent in every way! wonderful sense of humour.Nothing was too much trouble. He loved Cuba and wanted us to know all the history and difficulties the Cuban people had experienced. Freddy seemed to know everybody in Cuba, from motorway service stations to mountain tops! We appreciated the family restaurants we visited with excellent food, service and atmosphere. We liked the coffee stops along the trecks at farms and local houses.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go for it and enjoy!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

     This was a very memorable holiday from so many different perspectives. It was so diverse with camping and bunk house accommodation in rural areas to lovely colonial style hotels in the cities.The history of the country is so interesting and the people so unassuming. All our local guides were excellent with so much knowledge.Definately one of our best ever holidays.

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Kans maken? Beantwoord dan onderstaande vraag en wie weet ben jij dan de gelukkige!