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Havana 02:8-Day of Havana - Vinales - Santa Clara - Trinidad - Havana
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    Entry Havana

    Arrive in Havana at any time. Today is the arrival day of the tour so there are no planned activities and you can check into the hotel and relax or go and explore the city. One of the oldest cities in the Western Hemisphere, Havana was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. Adventure among the splendorous crumbling architecture of the streets of old Havana and sit on the famous sea wall (El Malecon) to take in the view and some fresh air, and to socialize with the colourful and friendly Habaneros.

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    Today we head to Vinales. The driving takes about 3 hour drive, and on the way we usually stop for lunch at the mountain resort town of Soroa. There are quite a few attractions around this heavily forested area including a short trek to a waterfall, a steep walk to a lookout and a very impressive orchid garden.

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    Surrounded by picturesque limestone pincushion hills (“mogotes”), Vinales is a small and culturally rich village, with friendly and welcoming residents and wide variety of outdoor activities available. This is where you will get your first experience staying with a Cuban family. Exploring caves, hiking, biking, and horseback riding or simply enjoying the views of the valley and sprawling tobacco fields below are all options. Vinales is one of the more agriculturally productive areas, so an abundance of local seasonal fruit and vegetables is always on offer such as enormous avocados and mangoes, pineapples, papaya, guava, and a several varieties of sweet potatoes. It is one of the cooler areas of Cuba, so it is also a nice escape from the hotter parts of the country. The nightlife is very active in this village with the local residents’ more than willing participants in dancing to the local live music.

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    We head east along the island past Havana, to Santa Clara, a key city in the Cuban Revolution. It’s about a 7 hour bus ride through the flat central region of Cuba, where there are lots of citrus plantations. Upon entering Santa Clara, there is a huge statue of Ernesto Ché Guevara, to commemorate his death and that of the revolutionaries who died along with him in Bolivia. There is also a museum here dedicated to his amazing life. You will have time in the evening to check out this small city. Santa Clara isn’t a thriving tourism hub, and that in itself creates its own interest as you can experience a more authentic Cuban city.

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    Santa Clara

    It is only about 2 or 3 hours driving from Santa Clara to Trinidad, but we make the most of the beautiful journey through the Sierra del Escambray Mountains by stopping along the way. The Escambray Mountains are famous for producing the best coffee in Cuba and you will get the chance to try some either at a farmer’s house or a small coffee museum. We also stop at the village of Manicaragua where you have the chance to tour a tobacco factory and have lunch at a farmer’s house next to a beautiful mountain stream. Our last stop is at a lookout where we get our first view of the Caribbean Sea.

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    For most visitors to Cuba, Trinidad is their standout favourite destination (well, for the ones that make it this far anyway). No other colonial city in Cuba is so well preserved, and the local residents are extremely friendly and festive. Trinidad is steeped in religiosity, none the least of which is Santeria and other Afro-Cuban religions that are related to Voodoo. The thing however that visitors most love about Trinidad is the nightlife. There are no less than 10 live music venues all within a short walking distance. Many of these have lovely outdoor settings, in courtyards, and within the walls of old colonial ruins. We are near the lovely Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of Sugarmills) and Playa Ancón, where you can enjoy long stretches of unspoiled, white sand beaches. Scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming in waterfalls and horse-riding are other optional activities.

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    Trinidad - Havana

    We head back to Havana via the French founded city of Cienfuegos and the Bay of Pigs. Cubans are known to be very proud people, and the citizens of Cienfuegos, call their town La Perla del Sur (the pearl of the south). Cienfuegos appeal lies partly in the European flavor of its colonial hub, with a wide Parisian-style boulevard and elegant colonnades, and there is an ambience to inspire Cuba’s most celebrated Son singer to write the words “Cienfuegos is the city I like best”. Beyond Cienfuegos we travel along the picturesque Bay of Pigs past the site where the landing of counter-revolutionary exile militia occured in 1961. Today there is a museum there that recounts the events of this conflict which resulted in the first defeat of a U.S backed take-over in Latin America. After this you’ll have the chance to stop at a beautiful swimming hole which resembles a huge natural tropical fish tank. The scenery changes shortly afterwards, to a densely vegetated swamp where the natural fauna includes boa snakes and crocodiles. We have the opportunity to visit a crocodile farm here at Guama. We return to Havana for the final night of the tour. Havana is a big and bustling city, and your tour guide will help you find the best parts of it, to explore this unique city.

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    Exit Havana

    Today you are free to depart at anytime.

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