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Western Cuba route    € 2460,-

Revolution route          € 2838,-

HORSE TREK IN WESTERN CUBA

9 days, 8 nights, 5 days on horseback

Price € 2460,-  

Date 2022: 13 - 20 november

Western Cuba

The most western province in Cuba also called the Green Province is a gift of nature. Tobacco is grown in the extraordinarily fertile lands and valleys. This tobacco is used to produce the Habanos old Cuban cigars, the best in the world. The province has two mountain ranges, one of them is the Sierra de los Órganos, of great geological interest, including the Viñales Valley with its “Mogotes” or pincushion hills, and many caves, including the Indian Cave, and the Santo Tomás Cave System. Viñales is the ideal place for watching local indigenous wildlife. In all of our programs, you have the opportunity to enjoy the Cuban hospitality, sleeping in the guajiros (field workers) farms, having lunch together or drinking and dancing with them during the evening.

DAY 1: HAVANA

Reception at Hotel El Vedado***. Diner in a local paladar (family restaurant). Accommodation at Hotel El Vedado *** or similar.

DAY 2: HAVANA – CHARCO AZUL – MIL CUMBRES

After breakfast, transfer to the Finca Charco Azul (1h) in Cayajabos, at the south of Pinar del Río province and the Sierra del Rosario, Biosphere Reserve. After a welcome cocktail, a 3-hour ride through this Finca of about 400 hectares. Lunch after a bath in a swimming-pool. Transfer to Mil Cumbres (2:30 drive). Dinner and accommodation at the Mil Cumbre’s Refuge. First introduction to the Cuban music.

DAY 3: MIL CUMBRES – VIÑALES

After breakfast, about 5 hours ride through the Natural Park through the mountains of Cuabal and Pan de Guajaibón, which with an altitude of 692m is the highest point in Pinar del Río province. We stop for a welcome cocktail in the house of a local “Guajiro” family. The route takes us now through mountainous valleys from where we can see the union of Sierra del Rosario and Sierra de los Órganos, with lush vegetation and protected species of birds and trees. After lunch, transfer to Viñales (1h). Dinner and accommodation at the Hotel Los Jazmines or similar depending on availability. Optional night out at Casa de la Trova (musical show).

DAY 4: VIÑALES – LA GUABINA

After breakfast, transfer to the horses for a 5-hour ride through the Viñales and Palmarito Valleys. We will climb up along a bridle path to El Mirador del Valle, where we can drink a guarapo, a refreshing sugar cane juice, while we enjoy a magnificent panoramic view over tobacco plantations and the spectacular 'Mogotes', conspicuous karst mountains rising like islands from the bottom of the valley. During our ride we will stop in some of the rural communities where another guajiro will give us an explanation of the process of cigar-making. Lunch at the outside terrace of a nice restaurant. Transfer to Finca La Guabina, 12 Km away from Pinar del Río (1h). Dinner and accommodation at Finca La Guabina. Traditional Cuban musical evening.

DAY 5: LA GUABINA

After breakfast, a 5 hours ride inside the Finca La Guabina to discover its beautiful landscape. Lunch. Option to enjoy an exhibition of the wonderful. Apaloosa and Pinto horses of the farm. Dinner and accommodation at Finca La Guabina. Traditional Cuban musical evening.

DAY 6: LA GUABINA – PINAR DEL RIO - HAVANA

After breakfast, ride for about 3 hours to discover the plains of the Finca with the royal palm trees, rice fields and tropical fruit plantations, like guava and pineapple. Lunch in the Finca and transfer to Havana. Dinner at a famous restaurant in El Vedado district. Accommodation at Hotel El Vedado *** or similar.

DAY 7: HAVANA

After breakfast, transfer to the Finca beside the beaches of Playas del Este (30m). Approx. 3-hour ride to the beach for a swim and a seafood lunch at the outside terrace of a nice restaurant. Transfer to Havana. Farewell dinner with a great musical show with some of the former members of Buena Vista Social Club at the Old Havana, or another great musical show. Accommodation at the Hotel El Vedado*** or similar.

DAY 8: HAVANA

Breakfast. Morning free for sightseeing in Havana. Transfer to the airport at 18:00.

Note

Depending on availability, the hotels mentioned in this brochure may be replaced, without prior notice, with others hotels of the same category

Min : 5 participants

Max: 12 participants

PRICE: 2.285 Euros (In double room for a minimum of six people)

PRICE: Single Room Supplement 200 Euros

INCLUDING:

  • Transfer to the airport José Martí of Havana the last day of the program at 18:00. 3 nights’ accommodation at the Hotel Presidente**** or similar in Havana. Accommodation in the Mil Cumbre’s Refuge, Finca La Guabina and in Hotel Los Jazmines or similar in Viñales.
  • Full board during the horse trek and in Havana as specified in the program with a drink (beer, soft drink, mineral water) included.
  • Service of a guide, instructor and a translator co-ordinator of Cabalgar Rutas Alternativas. A minimum of a local equestrian tour guide for the whole ride. Well-equipped Cuban Criollo horse’s (mix breed), Pinto and Appaloosa. Back-up vehicle.
  • Transfers from/to Mil Cumbres, Viñales, Pinar del Rio and Havana.

NOT INCLUDING:

  • Flights to/from Havana.
  • Transfer from the airport José Martí to Havana the first day of the program. Accidents Insurance and Insurance requirements: To entry in Cuba you will need to have a travel medical insurance policies purchased abroad and must be from a travel insurance and/or assistance companies recognized by the Cuban government. Regarding Covid-19, at the moment entry requirements for Cuba are 3 doses of the vaccine and a negative PCR test within 72 hours of entry.
  • Museum and show tickets
  • Extra drinks
  • Extra expenses in hotels
  • Tips to the guides or musicians (approx. 50€)
  • Transfers in Havana
  • Private transfer to the airport of Havana the last day of the program

    

THE REVOLUTION TRAIL

9 days, 8 nights, 5 days on horseback

PRICE: € 2838,-

Date 2022: 02 - 10 december

With this program in the East region of Cuba, you will have the opportunity to discover the most emblematic places of the Cuban Revolution, the National Park of Sierra Maestra and visit the nice colonial towns of this country. In all of our programs, you have the opportunity to enjoy the Cuban hospitality, sleeping in the guajiros (field workers) houses in the countryside, having lunch together or drinking and dancing with them during the evening.

DAY 1: SANTIAGO DE CUBA

Reception at the airport of Santiago de Cuba and transfer to our Casa Particular (private family establishment or boarding house) in the exclusive neighborhood of Vista Alegre. Dinner in a typical paladar (family restaurant) in Santiago de Cuba. Accommodation at the Casa Particular

DAY 2: SANTIAGO DE CUBA

After breakfast transfer to Rancho El Dajao. Welcome cocktail and ride to Puerto Boniato, the mountain pass where it was the route which separates the army of Fidel and the one of Batista. After enjoying the view over the Bay of Santiago de Cuba and drink the Pru, refreshing traditional peasant drink of the East of Cuba, return to the ranch. 3 hours ride. Lunch with typical products from the organic agriculture of the farm. Visit to Santa Iphigenia Cemetery, the Moncada Headquarter and the Fortresses of El Morro. Dinner in a typical paladar. Accommodation in Casa Particular.

DAY 3: SANTIAGO DE CUBA – BAYAMO - NIQUERO

Transfer to Bayamo (2h). Visit to Parque Feria where we will meet the horses for 2 hours ride and possibility to enjoy a Rodeo, subject to availability. Lunch in a local restaurant. Horse and Carriage tour to visit the most emblematic places of the city of Bayamo. Transfer to Manzanillo and Niquero (Approx.2’5h). Dinner and accommodation at the Hotel of Niquero.

DAY 4: NIQUERO – ALEGRIA DE PIO - NIQUERO

Transfer to the emblematic place of Los Cayuelos, where we can have a walk in the same landing site where the group of revolutionaries has done the disembarkation, walking through the mangrove forest. Visit to the Museum Portada de la Libertad, where we will see a reproduction of the Granma ship. Transfer to the small village of the l ‘East, where the horses are waiting for us. Ride to Alegría de Pío. Along the way we will have occasion to enjoy the diversity of the Cuban flora watching trees such as coconuts palm, royal palm, guásima, bananas, mango and big carob trees. Arrival to the forest Community of Río Nuevo where we have lunch. Four-and-a-half-hour ride. Transfer to Niquero and accommodation and dinner at the hotel.

DAY 5: NIQUERO - DURÁN– CINCO PALMAS - BARTOLOME MASÓ.

After breakfast transfer to Community of Durán (1h approx.). Ride to Cinco Palmas. During the way we will pass by some peasant communities with banana and coffee plantations enjoying magnificent panoramic views of the mountains of Sierra Maestra. We will have the opportunity to enjoy a Cuban beer at the same place where Fidel and the rest of the revolutionaries cross the road to Pilon. During the rest of the ride there are opportunities for some small gallops. Arrival at Cinco Palmas, the place where Fidel and Raúl Castro expeditionary forces came together and where we will have lunch in the house of one of the guajiros (field workers) of this village. Five and a half hours on horseback. After lunch transfer to Bartolome Masó (2h). Dinner and accommodation at the Hotel Balcón de la Sierra.

DAY 6: BARTOLOME MASÓ – SANTO DOMINGO – BARTOLOMÉ MASÓ

Transfer to Las Mercedes (20m) to meet the horses where we the Commandant Che Guevara had his camp in Sierra Maestra. Approx. four-hour ride to Providencia. During the way we will have the opportunity to stop for refreshing with some fruits and drinking coconut water. Along the way we will pass by where took place the historic and decisive battle of Sierra Maestra. Transfer to Bartolome Masó for lunch. Dinner and accommodation at the Hotel Villa Balcón de la Sierra. Mmusical activity with the legendary group El Quinteto Rebelde and introduction to the Cuban Son dance.

DAY 7: BARTOLOMÉ MASÓ - COMANDANCIA LA PLATA – BAYAMO - SANTIAGO DE CUBA

Transfer to Villa Santo Domingo. After a small break departure in 4x4 to climb to Alto del Naranjo (5.5Km). Guided walking tour to la Comandancia de La Plata (3 Km). Visit to the installations designed by Celia Sánchez and Fidel where it was set the most important colony of the rebel camp and where they have organized the six last months of the war direction in the cabin of Fidel, the Radio Rebelde station, hospital and others interesting places. Our guide will give you a good introduction about the historic events of this place and about the characteristics of the Flora and Fauna of Sierra Maestra. Return to Alto del Naranjo by foot to get the jeeps back to Santo Domingo where we have a peasant meal at Casa de Junco with a roast pork (slow-cooked during the whole journey) waiting for our lunch. Transfer to Bayamo. After a small break, transfer to Santiago de Cuba. Dinner in a local paladar and accommodation at the Casa Particular.

DAY 8: SANTIAGO DE CUBA - HAVANA

Early transfer to the airport of Santiago de Cuba and flight to Havana. Arrival to the Cuban capital and free day to feel the magic of the Old Havana. Farewell dinner with a great musical show performed by old members of the Buena Vista Social Club. Accommodation at the hotel El Vedado***.

DAY 9: HAVANA

Free morning to sightseeing Havana. Transfer to the airport at 18:00.

Min : 5 participants

Max : 10 participants

Single Room: Supplement 200 Euros

INCLUDING:

  • Flight Santiago de Cuba - Havana the second from last day of the program.
  • Transfers from/to the airport of Santiago de Cuba the first and the second last day of the program.
  • Accommodation in hotels and Casa particular referred in the program or similar.
  • Full board during the horse trek and in Santiago de Cuba, Bayamo, Niquero, Sierra Maestra and Havana as specified in the program with a drink (beer, soft drink, mineral water) included.
  • Service of a guide, instructor and a translator coordinator of Ridingcuba.
  • A minimum of a local equestrian tour guide for the whole ride.
  • Transfer to Bayamo, Niquero, Sierra Maestra and Santiago de Cuba.
  • Well equipped Cuban Criollo horse’s (mix breed), Pinto and Appaloosa.
  • Back-up vehicle.

NOT INCLUDING:

  • Flight Havana - Santiago de Cuba.
  • Lunch on day 1, 8 and 9 of the program.
  • Accidents Insurance and Insurance requirements: To entry in Cuba, you will need to have a travel medical insurance policy purchased abroad and must be from a travel insurance and/or assistance companies recognized by the Cuban government. Regarding Covid-19, at the moment entry requirements for Cuba are 3 doses of the vaccine and a negative PCR test within 72 hours of entry.
  • Museum and show tickets.
  • Extra drinks.
  • Extra expenses in hotels.
  • Tips to the guides or musicians (approx. 60€).
  • Transfers in Havana.
  • Private transfer to the airport of Santiago de Cuba the last day of the program.

KEY STRENGTHS OF THE REVOLUTION TRAIL

  • A total immersion into the Cuban Revolution, traveling and riding through its scenery while enjoying the current lifestyle of this part of the country.
  • Accompanied by a trilingual professional guide with 20 years experience of riding in Cuba, and a wide knowledge of the Sierra Maestra.
  • Exploring on horseback the most important National Park of Cuba, at times cutting the path by machete to find magnificent scenery and panoramic views. It is usual to only meet the Cuban guajiros (field workers).
  • Great tours on horseback of villages and farms where Cuban hospitality is ever present.
  • A detailed description of the important historical events of the start of the Revolution, at their location, Sierra Maestra.
  • Unforgettable evenings with local musicians including the Quinteto Rebelled in Sierra Maestra, those who were singing for the revolutionary forces, and with old members of the Buena Vista Social Club in Havana.
  • Accommodation in Colonial houses or Hotels, depending on convenience.
  • Tours of the important colonial cities of Oriente such as Santiago de Cuba and Bayamo lead by professional guides, knowledgeable on the history and culture of these beautiful cities.
  • Visits to important monuments, museums, and sights relating to the history of Cuba.
  • Meals made from a wide variety of high-quality products grown ecologically on the farms where we stay.
  • Comfortable restful journeys by minibus between locations.
  • The flight Santiago de Cuba to Havana reduces travel time to the capital.
  • Great old American cars chosen for their cleanliness and comfort levels available at reasonable prices for transfers in Havana.

  

    

HORSE and "SON"

5 days, 4 nights, 3 days riding  

PRICE: € 1375,-

Short stay in Havana riding and learning to dance the Cuban's "Son" (national dance) A unique experience with the opportunity to ride wonderful horses and have a swim at the  beach in the mornings, and to feel the magic of Havana's getting inside his captivating  

world with the Cuban rhythms during the rest of the day, and night. 

Minimum: 2 people 

Single room supplement: €150 

PRICE: € 1200,- 

Minimum: 5 people 

DAY 1: HAVANA  

Reception at the airport José Marti and transfer to Havana. Accommodation at the Hotel  Vedado***. 

DAY 2: HAVANA  

After breakfast, transfer to the Finca beside the beaches of Playas del Este (30m). Approx. 3  hours ride with fabulous horses of the Finca. Transfer to the beach for a swim. After lunch,  transfer to Havana. In the afternoon transfer to the Tourist Resort 1830 for our first 3 hours  Cuban "Son" dance lessons with our professional teachers. Free evening for sightseeing Old  Havana. Accommodation at the Hotel Vedado***. 

DAY 3: HAVANA. – After breakfast, transfer to the Finca Charco Azul (1h) in Cayajabos, at the  south of Pinar del Río province and the Sierra del Rosario, Biosphere Reserve. A 3-hour ride  through this Finca of about 400 hectares. Lunch after a bath in a swimming-pool. In the  afternoon transfer to the Tourist Resort 1830 Havana to get our 3 hours Son Cuban dance  lessons. Free evening for sightseeing Havana. Accommodation at the Hotel Vedado***. 

DAY 4: HAVANA. – After breakfast, transfer to Lenin Park beside Havana. approx. 3 hours ride with different but also good horses. Transfer to Havana. Lunch in a famous restaurant, specialized in the famous Cuban roast pig. After a rest, transfer to the Tourist Resort 1830 to  get our last 3 hours Son Cuban lessons dance. Farewell dinner with a great musical show  with some of the former members of Buena Vista Social Club at the Old Havana, or another  great musical show. Accommodation at the Hotel Vedado***. 

DAY 5: HAVANA  

After breakfast, guided walking tour through the historical center of Old Havana. Visit to the  Tobacco Factory and the Rhum Museum. Transfer to the airport. Flight back to Europe

EXTRA ACTIVITIES FOR RIDERS / NON-RIDERS: Havana tours in old American cars from the  50s, Spanish Course, Cuban’s gastronomy lessons. 

INCLUDING: 

Transfer from/to the airport José Martí of Havana the first and the last day  of the program. 

4 nights ‘accommodation at the Hotel Vedado***in Havana. Lunch on three riding days in Havana as specified in the program with a  drink (beer, soft drink, mineral water) included. 

Dinner last night of the program with a great musical show. 3 days riding with a local equestrian tour guide 

Service of a ridingcuba guide for the all the ride program 

Well-equipped Cuban's horses. 

3 days Son Cuban's dance lessons with our professionals' teachers. Entry to the Tobacco Factory and the Rhum Museum. 

Transfers in Havana as specified in the program. 

NOT INCLUDING: 

Flights to/from Havana. 

Accidents Insurance and Insurance requirements: To entry in Cuba you will  need to have a travel medical insurance policies purchased abroad and must be  from a travel insurance and/or assistance companies recognized by the Cuban  government

Dinners the first 3 nights of the program. 

Museum and show tickets not including in the program. 

Extra drinks 

Extra expenses in hotels 

Tips to the horse guides (approx. €30) 

Extra transfers in Havana

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