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HORSE TREK IN WESTERN CUBA 2017        

Price 2017 : € 1830,-   

  • 10 days, nights, 6 days riding.
  • Minimum 6 people. Maximum 10 people
  • Level: average

Dates 2017  February 18 – 26  November 24 - 02

In double room for a minimum of six people, single room supplement 150 euros

*Prices are linked to the Cuban CUC. In case of strong exchange rate fluctuations, the price can be adjusted up 2 weeks before departure.

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The westernmost 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 walking, hiking, and watching local indigenous wildlife.

DAY 1 : HAVANA Reception at the hotel Presidente**** or similar. Accommodation at the Hotel, beside the Malecon of Havana.

DAY 2 : HAVANA – CHARCO AZUL After breakfast, transfer to the Finca beside the beaches of Playas del Este (30m). Ride to the beach for a swin and back to the Finca via a different route. Aprox. a 3 hour ride. After lunch, 1hour30m drive to «Finca Charco Azul» in Cayajabos, Artemisa, at the south of Pinar del Río province and the Sierra del Rosario, Biosphere Reserve. Welcome cocktail. Dinner and accommodation at the Finca. First introduction to the Cuban music.

DAY 3 : CHARCO AZUL – MIL CUMBRES After breakfast, a 3 hour ride through this Finca of about 400 hectares, where the springs of Charco Azul are located. Lunch after a relaxing bath in a swimming-pool. Transfer to Mil Cumbres (2:30 drive). Dinner and accommodation at the Mil Cumbre’s Refuge. Introduction to the live Criolla music.

DAY 4 : MIL CUMBRES – EL BUREN – LOS JAZMINES After breakfast, horse ride to El Buren. About a 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. Lunch -picnic at El Buren where we can see the stallions of this farm. Transfer to Viñales (1h). Dinner in a local paladar. Accommodation at the Hotel Los Jazmines or similar or in Casa Particular (private family establishment or boarding house). The hotel Los Jazmines is situated over a smooth hill where you can enjoy the marvelous panoramic and views over the Viñales and Palmarito Valleys. Optional night out at Casa Artex (musical show).

DAY 5 : LOS JAZMINES – VIÑALES – LA GUABINA Breakfast. Transfer to the horses for a 5 hour ride through the Viñales and Palmarito Valleys, between the spectacular 'Mogotes', conspicuous karst mountains rising like islands from the bottom of the valley, tobacco plantations and rural communities where another guajiro will give us an explanation of the process of cigar-making. Picnic-Lunch at the outside terrace of a nice restaurant. Transfer to Finca La Guabina,12 Km away from Pinar del Río (1h drive). Dinner and accommodation at Finca La Guabina. Traditional Cuban musical evening.

DAY 6 : LA GUABINA After breakfast, a 4 hours ride inside the Finca La Guabina to discover its beautiful landscape. Picnic- 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 7 : LA GUABINA – PINAR DEL RIO - HAVANA After breakfast, ride for about 3 hours. Lunch. Transfer to Havana. Dinner at a famous restaurant in the district El Vedado. Accommodation at the Hotel Presidente****or similar.

DAY 8 : HAVANA Breakfast. Day free for sightseeing in Havana. Optional transfer to the beach of Megano, one of the beaches of Playas del Este, a string of white-sand beaches 20 km (12 mi) east of Havana, including lunch in a seafood restaurant (25CUC for a minimum 4 people). Farewell dinner at a local paladar at the Old Havana. Accommodation at the Hotel Presidente****.

DAY 9 : HAVANA Breakfast. Morning free for sightseeing in Havana. Transfer to the airport at 18:00. Flight back to Europe

DAY 10 Arrival in Europe

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

INCLUDING

  • Transfer to the airport José Martí of Havana the last day of the program at 18:00.
  • Accommodation in Hotel Presidente**** or similar. Accommodation in hotels in the program or similar.
  • 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 for the all program.
  • A local equestrian tour guide for the all ride. Well equipped Cuban Criollo horse’s (mix breed), Pinto and Appaloosa
  • Back-up vehicle Transfers from Viñales to Pinar del Rio

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.
  • 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

CENTRAL CUBA ON HORSEBACK      

12 days, 10 nights, 7 days on horseback

DATES 2017: Max: 12 participants  March 02-12, November 10-22 (In double room for a minimum of six people)

PRICE: 2360 euro (Single Room Supplement 200 Euros) *Prices are linked to the Cuban CUC. In case of strong exchange rate fluctuations, the price can be adjusted up 2 weeks before departure.

This program in the Cuba’s Central Region gives you the opportunity to enjoy one of the best rides in the country while at the same time you will have the choice to visit the most beautiful colonial towns of Cuba and swim in the crystalline waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Ciego de Ávila is also a green province where tobacco and coffee are grown in the extraordinarily fertile lands and valleys. 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 HAVANA Reception at the hotel Presidente**** or similar. Accommodation at the Hotel, beside the Malecon of Havana.

DAY 2. HAVANA – CIENFUEGOS-TRINIDAD Transfer to Cienfuegos (3h drive). Lunch and guided walking tour through the historical center of Cienfuegos, the Southern Pearl. Founded in 1819 it has the richest collection of architectural and urban design in all the southern cities. Transfer to Trinidad (1h). Founded in 1514, Trinidad is a World Heritage Site due to its well-preserved jewels of colonial Caribbean architecture. In this great historical town center a lot of musical and cultural activities take place during the evening. Dinner and accommodation in Casa Particular (private family establishment or boarding house).

DAY 3. TRINIDAD-PLAYA ANCÓN-MORÓN After a nice breakfast, a 3 hour morning ride through the Ingenios Valley, nominated Archeological Reserve by UNESCO followed by transfer (15m) to Playa Ancón for a swim in the Caribbean Sea and a Seafood lunch. Transfer to Morón (3.5h). Visit to The Rooster of Moron, whose symbol has become one of the national myths. Visit to the Casa de La Trova for a drink accompanied by live Cuban music. Dinner in a paladar (private restaurant) and accommodation in Hotel La Casona.

DAY 4 MORÓN-LOMA DE CUNAGUA After breakfast, drive (30m) to Tres de Galán where we will meet the horses. Ride across the plain in the direction of the only high ground in an area of unremittingly flat farmland, Loma de Cunagua, a Protected Landscape which stands out for its biodiversity and natural landscapes that protect a group of endemic, vulnerable and endangered species and a variety of reptiles. Arrival to Loma de Cunagua, a wildlife refuge, which at 364 meters is the highest point of this part of the region, with a stunning view over the wonderful beaches of the Jardines del Rey in front. Picnic on the way. A 5 hour ride, dinner and accommodation in the nice Loma de Cunagua’s Refuge. Introduction to live Criolla music.

DAY 5.LOMA DE CUNAGUA-EL PEÑÓN After breakfast about a 3 hour ride to Tres de Galán. After the ride a good lunch awaits us in Rancho Palma. Transfer to El Peñón (1h). Welcome Cocktail with Marbel and Yalianis, our hosts in Finca Santa Rubia, a lovely 60 hectares private family farm, with its plantation, and tobaccodrying barn. 1 hour ride checking horses. We will now have the opportunity to see the bulls and buffalos they are breeding on the farm and some Rodeo activity. Dinner and accommodation at Finca Santa Rubia.

DAY 6. EL PEÑÓN – Finca Santa Rubia. After breakfast, a 6 hour ride through the green fields of the Chambas region to Rincón de Maguyá. Lunch en route near the waterfalls of El Peluo (The furry), where we will have the chance to enjoy a bathe. We continue the ride to our next house in across coffee plantations and royal palm trees. Dinner and accommodation in Casa Particular (private family establishment or boarding house).

DAY 7. Finca Santa Rubia - Finca Santa Rubia.  After breakfast a 3 hour ride back to Finca Santa Rubia for lunch. A little rest and then we ride for 2 more hours to Casa de Evelio. Dinner and accommodation in Casa Particular (private family establishment or boarding house).

DAY 8. Finca Santa Rubia - FLORENCIA-EL PEÑÓN After breakfast, a 5 hour ride to Presa Florencia and back to Finca Santa Rubia. Picnic on the way. During the ride we will have the opportunity to see coffee and sugarcane plantations. Farewell dinner at the Finca with live music. Accommodation in Finca Santa Rubia

DAY 9. EL PEÑÓN-CAYO GUILLERMO-MORÓN Transfer to Cayo Guillermo (2h). The beaches of Cayo Guillermo are valuable jewels renowned by their variety of birds and the high level of conservation of their maritime ecosystems. Today we enjoy a swim at the beautiful beach of Playa Pilar beside the Atlantic Ocean, with a tasty seafood meal. Transfer to Morón (2h). Dinner in a paladar (private restaurant) and accommodation in Hotel La Casona.

DAY 10. MORÓN-LA HABANA After breakfast, transfer to Havana (6h). Farewell dinner in a good restaurant in Old Havana, with live show performed by the musicians of Roberto Faz's group, members of the Buena Vista Social Club. Accommodation at the Hotel Presidente

DAY 11. HAVANA After breakfast, guided walking tour through the historical center of Old Havana. Transfer to Playas del Este for the last swim and more good seafood. Transfer to Havana and return transfer to the airport at 18:00h.

DAY 12. Arrival in Europe

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

Min: 6 participants

 

INCLUDING: Transfer to the airport José Martí of Havana the last day of the program at 18:00. Accommodation in Hotel Presidente**** or similar. Accommodation in hotels or Casa particular in the program. 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-coordinator of Cabalgar Rutas Alternativas for the all program. One or two local equestrian tour guides for the all ride. Well equipped Cuban Criollo horse’s (mix breed), Pinto and Appaloosa Back-up vehicle Transfers from Havana to Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Morón, Cayo Coco and return to 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. 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.

Menorca, the horse Island    € 1470,-menorca9_0

Menorca is the island of horses. This route enables you to see the whole island along the Camí de Cavalls trail, discovering the lovely coast and inland beauty spots.

DATES 2017

April 9th to 14th, 16th to 22nd, October 1st to 7th,  15th to 21st, November 5th to 11th

Day 1. Ciutadella

We will transfer you from the airport to the hotel, in Ciutadella, where you will stay for the first night.

Day 2. Dry Menorca

Breakfast and preparation of horses. Leaving from “Eugues de Flo” towards Torre del Ram. Throug this stretch we wil be able to observe the different traditional buildings of the countryside. The most representative ones are the endless dry walls, as well as the huts for the animals. We will reach Cala Morell; there we will stop for a picnic at the Caves of Cala Morell, on the North coast of Minorca. This is the location of one of the most important archaeological sites of the island, the Necropolis of Cala Morell, containing a set of fourteen caves caved out of the cliff-edge artificially. This necropolis also has around twenty small oval-shaped cavities or niches, known as “capades de moro”, which may have been used as ossuaries, urns or for the burial of children.

After regaining some energy we will continue along the route to Son Àngel; there we will take the saddles off the horses, and riders will be able to have a refreshment, discover the facilities and other horses on the farm. You will also be able to admire one of the pure-breed Minorcan studs which is so representative of our land and which will serve as an introduction to the patron festivities of our towns and villages.

Day 3. The Tramuntana Route

Breakfast at Biniatram and transfer to Son Àngel to get the horses ready for the next stretch of the route.

During this day we will pass by the Pla de Mar to the virgin beach of Cala Pilar, where we will find a fresh water source. The clean, intense, blue water contrasts with the reddish rocks and the yellowish sand, creating the landscape that best identifies the northern coast of Minorca.  This stretch of the route goes along one of the most abrupt parts of the north coast, with a continued series of elevations and depressions in the terrain. At “Els Alocs” and Son Ermità we will be offered a typical farmer’s lunch (or a picnic at Els Alocs as an alternative). We will continue after lunch towards Cala’n Calderer, Cala Barril, Pregonda and we will then take a turn towards the farm of Sant Vicent where we will leave the horses and then be transferred to
the hotel, to have dinner and spend the night.

Day 4. Minorca wildest coast

Breakfast and transfer to Sant Vicent; we will get the horses ready and start towards Binimel·là and Cap de Cavalleria. This stretch goes along one of the best-preserved areas of the Minorca coastline. After leaving Binimel·la Beach, the path continues inland between croplands and stonewalls until Cavalleria Beach. At this site, we will be able to witness impressive dune systems where vegetal communities grow. Visit the Cap de Cavalleria Ecomuseum and picnic in Cala Viola.

Afther lunch, the path mainly borders the coastline along paths with colourful contrasts, weirdly shaped rocks and imposing cliffs. Then we will carry on to Cala Tirant and we will end the day at the Hostal Port Fornells, a family accommodation, where the owners have horses and participate in the Island festival of “Jaleo”. 

Day 5.

Breakfast and transfer of horses and riders to the parking of Torre D’en Galmés. While we are preparing horses, you can go to visit this fantastic place from where we will take the Camí de Cavalls at Llucalari. The path continues to the beach of Son Bou, the largest of the island, where we will find an early Christian basilica and dunes of high ecological value. We will turn inland through the farmland fields of Son Bou meadow, also known as Albufera de ses Canèssies, the most important one after the natural park. We will stop for lunch at the restaurant Es Bruc. After lunch we will stop to visit the amazing Cova des Coloms.

Day 6. Coves and crystalline water 

Breakfast and preparation of horses to take the trail to Cala Mitjana, Cala Galdana and Macarella. We will start from Binigaus and we will go across the croplands of Binigaus, the ravines of Trebalúger and es Calafat. Then we will continue until the idyllic Cala Mitjana that precedes the virgin corner of Cala Mitjaneta. We will follow the path until we come to Cala Galdana. At the Algendar ravine of Cala Galdana, we will sight a diversity of birds and we will explore caves and grottos.

Not far from Macarella is the farmhouse of Torralbet, where we will stop for a typical Minorcan farm meal including cold meats made from pork (sobrassada, carn i xua, cuixot, etc.) and cheese, all produced and sold directly at the farm. After a very good lunch and a siesta, we will continue until reaching Macaralleta and Macarella where many aquatic species coexist at the reeds of Santa Anna. Then, crossing wild olive woods and juniper woods we will arrive to the dunes of the paradisiacal beach of Cala en Turqueta. Transfer to the hotel. 

Day 7. Departure

It was a pleasure to show you our island and we hope to see you again!

RESTAURANT AND ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Geminis (two nights)

Ciutadella

hotelgeminismenorca.com

Hostal Port Fornells (two nights)

Fornells

hostalportfornells.com

Son Juaneda (two nights)

Ciutadella

http://www.booking.com/hotel/es/son-juaneda.es.html

ABOUT THE TRAIL

This ride is a ride that we walk along the main part of the trail. We do a little bit of trot and gallop every day, but there are only two of them every day and around 100m.

It is not a fast trail. We ride along trails with rocks, difficult for the horses and it is a trail for experienced riders with good technique. The island has a huge scenic and natural value and it is full of contrasts.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES AND VISITS

We have hiking holidays in Menorca for non-riders.

There is the possibility of extending the stay in Menorca. Ask us for prices and available dates. 

HORSES

  • Types of horses: Menorcan breed
  • Personality of the horses: very quiet but very prepared for Camí de Cavalls
  • Height of the horses: 1,50 cm y 1,60 cm
  • Maximum weight: 90kg
  • Types of saddles and gear: Mixed and Australian

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Languages: information is available in Catalan, Spanish, English and French. The guide speaks Catalan, Spanish, English and basic French. 
  • Minimum age: We recommend children 14 or older who are used to doing sport. 
  • Level: medium

HOW TO GET HERE

Minorca airport is located about 4.5 kilometres to the south-west of the island's capital, Mahón. It lies within the city limits of both Mahón and Sant Lluís; and not far from Mallorca Island.

PROGRAMMES AND DATES

  • Minimum size group: 4.

  • Maximum sixe group: 8
  • Days on horseback: five days

Dates 2016

  • May 1st to 7th
  • May 8th to 14th
  • October 2nd to 8th
  • October 23rd to 29th

PRICE

Guided: 7 days, 6 nights, 5 days on horseback

1.470 € per person in double room 

Supplement for single room: 250€


The price includes:

  • Transfer from the Maó airport
  • Accommodation and full board
  • A qualified guide
  • Tourist information.

The price does not include:

  • Flights
  • Drinks. 

The pick up time is at 16:00.

To contract a travel inssurance, ask us for information.

paardrijvakantiesinandalusie@gmail.com  

Tel. : 0031612044440 

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