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How you dive into this Cuban cocktail is entirely up to you: you can snorkel with turtles, pedal through tobacco-scented plantations, explore the depths of coral reefs (did you know Cuba is home to a third of all Caribbean reefs?), or simply lounge on those sugar-white beaches. With Cuban live music as our soundtrack, we’ll make sure not to miss out on dancing the rumba, savoring a cup of local robusta coffee, or indulging in the flavors of the ropa vieja national dish. Explore the vibrant streets of Havana and Trinidad, delve into the lush valleys of Viñales, and climb the rolling hills of Escambray—one thrilling day at a time.

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  • Adventurous days and Havana nights

    Create lasting memories with your group and conclude each day with a cocktail and live music

  • Aromas and colors of Cuba

    Indulge in the cultural richness of Cuba, walk the vibrant streets, and try out authentic Cuban cuisine

  • Explore the countryside and vibrant marine life

    Cycle, hike, dive, snorkel and zipline across the country with expert local guides who’ll take you to the hidden gems of the island


Whether you’re craving lazy beach days, mingling with locals in cozy casas particulares, or itching to explore every nook and cranny, this 10-day active tour caters to your vibe. From cycling through scenic routes and trekking picturesque trails to zooming through the air on zip lines and snorkeling in crystal-clear waters, Cuba is a playground for thrilling activities. Expect an immersive dive into the customs, traditions, and everyday life of the Cubans. It’s your ticket to unlock the heart and soul of this incredible island!

  • Arrive in Havana and settle into your accommodation. If you arrive by 7 pm, you’ll meet your guide and your all-women group then go for an optional dinner in one of the local restaurants.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse

    Havana trumpet player
  • After breakfast, head out on a road trip (3–4 hours) to your next accommodation. You’ll spend the next 2 nights in the charming town of Viñales, where there’s plenty of outdoor activities available. On the morning of Day 3, take a half-day off-road cycling excursion through the valley and tobacco plantations with views of pincushion-carpeted hills. It’s possible to arrange a walking tour of the valley for those not who are not up for cycling. Spending afternoons in Viñales is up to you to decide, but here are some options:

      • Zoom down Cuba’s best zipline
      • Explore the country’s largest cave system, Cuevas Santo Tomas
      • Learning to salsa with a local teacher
      • Basking in the sun at Cayo Levisa, a white sand beach some 40 minutes away
      • Horse riding
      • Rock climbing

    Viñales has a great nightlife, partly due to the fact that there’s really only one bar, and all the locals go there. Listen and dance to live music, experience how Cubans enjoy their nights out first-hand and have fun with your group.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse
    Meals: Breakfast

    Cycling through Vinales
  • The drive to the Bay of Pigs will take circa 7 hours, but you’ll stop along the way for some snorkeling right off the coast. Snorkeling equipment is available for hire at a low cost. You’ll stay the night in the town of Playa Giron, boasting a beautiful sandy beach perfect for a glass of wine and conversations under the stars.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse
    Meals: Breakfast

    Playa Giron, Cuba
  • Use the time you have left in the Bay of Pigs for either scuba diving over spectacular coral reefs or hiking with a national park guide through the nearby Cienaga de Zapata—see the wildlife, caves, and a freshwater sinkhole where you can snorkel with fish and turtles. If you’d like to take it easy today, hang out with your guesthouse family or go to the beach. In the afternoon, take a 3-hour drive to Trinidad. You’ll enjoy the views of Cuba’s Caribbean coast along the way and before you know it, you’ll be in Trinidad, a vibrant, authentic colonial city.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse
    Meals: Breakfast

    Streets in the evening in Trinidad
  • Time for some hiking! This 2-day trek takes you through the mountains near Trinidad—Sierra del Escambray. Pass through valleys, over ridges, along mountain streams, and to hidden waterfalls. National park employees take care of the cooking and tents, providing sleeping mats and blankets. Still, it can get cold in the mountains at night so it’s best to bring your own sleeping bag, or at least a simple sleeping sheet. Every day you’ll cover around 6 miles (10 km). In the event that you prefer to stay in Trinidad, your guides can provide the extra night at a guesthouse free of charge.

    Accommodation: Tent and guesthouse
    Meals: Breakfasts, two lunches, and dinner

    Waterfall in the Escambray mountains
  • Today you have the full day to explore Trinidad! It’s a charming, vibrant city with cobblestone streets and old mansions around the town square. There are optional activities near you, such as scuba diving, ziplining, or horseback riding to a waterfall—or you can just relax on the beach. In the evening, there are several live music performances in the city center, so you’ll have a fun night out!

    Accommodation: Guesthouse
    Meals: Breakfast

    Women on a dock during sunset
  • On your way back to Havana, you’ll stop in the city of Santa Clara to check out the Che Guevara museum. This is the only museum visit of the trip so we recommend visiting it—Che was an important person for Cuba’s recent history and the revolution. Eventually you’ll reach Havana and you can celebrate the last night together as a group. There are plenty of lively spots in the city, so enjoy your last night dancing and singing to Cuban tunes!

    Accommodation: Guesthouse
    Meals: Breakfast

    Che Guevara museum
  • Today is your last day of the tour. Take a shuttle to the airport—it’s not included in the price of the trip, but it shouldn’t cost more than $20 per taxi—and catch your flight. Alternatively, stay a bit longer in Cuba, just ask your guides for some recommendations!

    Meals: Breakfast

    Havana city and a car
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Cuban Adventures
Cuban Adventures
In 2005, Cuban Adventures set out with the objective of providing quality, small group tours using local Cuban guides who love to share information on its history, culture, and society. Their passion is providing authentic cultural experiences of Cuba by practicing responsible tourism, in a socially and environmentally responsible way. Cuban Adventures focus on the client’s satisfaction, and this remains their prime motivator.
5.00 (2 reviews)
Beverley Hanson (source: Tourradar)

Thoroughly enjoyed this active tour of Cuba. We had a brilliant guide – good fun, knowledgeable and helpful. Loved the cycling in Vinales as well as the horse riding, diving and zip wires. Our guide took us to the Rosalio de Castro club and got us practically the best seats in the house! The trip to the mountains was a real highlight away from the cities. Our local guide here was also very knowledgeable and clearly had a great love of the area. The Casas were great – very varied but always with extremely hospitable hosts. The breakfasts were all excellent. We tied the trip in with a stay on Cayo Levisa which was lovely to relax at the end of a busy tour. Thank you very much – missing Cuba already

Bernadett Retek (source: Tourradar)

I had the pleasure to take part of the Active Cuba tour and it was excellent. The itinerary is great, if you are into diving it gives you excellent opportunities to do so. Our guide was great, organised all kind of activites for us, such as horse riding, zip lining and so on. The accomodations, the casas, are good, met lots of local people this way who were very kind and welcoming. For me the highlight was the hiking trip and camping in the mountains. It would be great if they add some kayaking to this trip, then it would really be fully active. I can only recommend this tour if you like to do staff during your holiday and not just laying on the beach.

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 10-day guided hiking, cycling, and snorkeling tour
      • Accommodation — 8 nights in guesthouses (twin-shared, air-conditioned rooms with an ensuite bathroom) and 1 night camping in tents
      • Transportation during the tour — private air-conditioned minibus, taxi, jeep, open-sided truck
      • Half-day cycling excursion in Vinales
      • 2-day trek in Sierra Escambray Mountains
      • Visit to Che Guevara Memorial
      • All breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
      • Airport pick-up

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Cuba
      • Visa and passport fees
      • Insurance (Travel Medical Insurance is required to participate on the tour)
      • Some meals (except for 2 lunches, 1 dinner, and 9 breakfasts)
      • Drinks
      • Optional activities, day-tours, and excursions
      • Airport drop-off at the end of the tour
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • The great thing about this guided hiking, cycling, and snorkeling tour is that it’s beginner-friendly! The most strenuous thing on this tour is hiking for 6 miles (10 km) for 2 days in a row and a half-day cycling tour. Still, if you’re not up for it, your guides can always arrange some other activities for you—or simply let you chill in the guesthouses or at the beach. Other than that, it’s up to you how you want to spend your free time. You’ll always have the option to tailor this tour to your expectations and wishes.

  • It can get very hot and humid in Cuba in the summer months of June through August, when lightweight clothing is recommended. In the winter months, it can get colder, particularly in the evenings. Although the temperatures generally don’t get very low in Cuba, the cold can be hard to escape from due to the humidity levels and the fact that Cuba houses aren’t set up for cold weather. During the day, the climate in Cuba is hot and tropical. Here’s a list of clothing we recommend bringing:

      • Fleece top or similar
      • Sandals and footwear for walking
      • Water shoes — optional
      • Swimwear
      • Small towel and swimwear
      • Shirts / t-shirts
      • Sun hat
      • Shorts
      • 1 pair of long trousers

    Here’s a list of personal items you need to bring:

      • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, soap, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Sunglasses
      • First-aid kit (lip salve, aspirin, band-aids, antihistamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea)
      • Binoculars — optional
      • Money belt — optional
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    It’s best to bring a backpack, a duffel bag, or a small travel case with wheels. Our advice is to pack as lightly as possible since you’ll normally have to carry your own luggage from the minibus to the accommodation. It’s possible to leave some luggage in Havana, just ask your guide to help you arrange it—it only costs around 5 euros per week.

    If you have special dietary requirements or are traveling with children and like to eat snacks between meals, we recommend bringing your own snacks to Cuba, especially for travel days. Though they are available in Cuba, they may not be readily available or to your liking.

    Make sure to bring plenty of cash. Almost no card issued by a U.S. institution will work in Cuba and access to your funds may not be possible, so bring more than you’d expect to spend, just in case. EUR and USD are the most useful currencies—they’ll be accepted in many places, but you can also exchange them once you’re there. Cryptocurrency is also sometimes accepted.

  • Your guides have breakfast arranged for you every single day—you’ll have breakfast at the guesthouses, and you can expect coffee, milk, fruit juice, bread, eggs, and fresh fruit.

    In general, many travelers are pleasantly surprised with the quality and variety of food that can be found in Cuba. One of the highlights has to be fresh fruit and vegetables—think mango, pineapple, papaya, guava, coconut, grapefruit, breadfruit, and avocados. And the drinks? Start looking forward to world-famous Cuban cocktails, such as Daiquiri, Mojito, or Ron Collins. Excellent draught beer as well as coffee are also very popular.

    If you’re vegetarian, you won’t struggle finding a vegetarian meal, though there won’t be much variety. Gluten-free options should also be possible, but let your guide know in time.

  • Guesthouses, bed & breakfast, casas, casas particulares—these are all names for the same type of accommodation you’ll be staying at. Casas are generally run by local families and located in residential areas, which gives you a great opportunity to interact with local Cubas.

    Guesthouses are generally quite basic, but reasonably comfortable and very clean—the families will try to make you feel at home as much as possible. The level of service and personal attention is generally far superior to the hotels in Cuba.

    While the style and comfort levels of casas may vary throughout the tour, you can always expect air-conditioned rooms with an ensuite bathroom. Your guides work hard to select the best guesthouses for your adventure. Keep in mind that the group will likely be placed in a number of different houses within a short walking distance. Every day you’ll meet your group at the “base house”, a central one with the biggest capacity.

    All accommodation is based on a twin-shared arrangement—two people per room and if you are joining the tour as an individual, you may have to share the room with another member of the group. If there’s no one to share it with, you’ll end up with a room to yourself—and you don’t have to pay a single supplement. If you’d like to guarantee a single room to yourself, you can add the option of a single supplement upon booking.

    Guesthouses in Cuba

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this guided cycling tour in Cuba, the maximum client-to-guide ratio is 12:1.
      • It takes a minimum of 4 people for this tour to operate.
      • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

    Cycling in Cuba can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the tour on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has cyclers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to your Cuba adventure, fly into Havana Airport (HAV). Airport shuttle to Havana is included, even if you arrive in Cuba prior to Day 1 of the tour, as long as you arrange your pre-tour accommodation through your guides. At 6 pm, the guide will meet with those who have already arrived and go for an optional dinner.

  • You’ve heard that you can’t travel to Cuba as a tourist—and that’s true, but that doesn’t mean you can’t visit Cuba and book a trip with a responsible travel company! All you have to do is to fit your travels under one of the 12 categories of a general license for entry. That makes your visit a meaningful one and allows you to come to Cuba. This applies to U.S. citizens, foreign citizens living in the U.S. and foreign citizens transiting through the U.S.

    This cycling tour in Cuba is an SCP tour—specially designed for compliance with the Support for the Cuban People category.

    None of the general license categories require any prior government approval. If you follow the rules of the license you selected, you’re automatically considered “authorized”. You need to be able to state this category to anyone that asks (such as the airline or a border agent) and document what you do and spend while in Cuba. You must save the documentation for 5 years. It’s also recommended that you carry an affidavit with you because it helps to show paperwork even if it’s not required. If you join this tour, your guides will send you an affidavit.

    Keep in mind that this general license is not the same as a tourist card/tourist visa, which is a requirement of the Cuban government. If you’re a U.S. citizen or traveling via the U.S., you will purchase your visa during check-in for your Cuba flight.

    The easiest category to qualify under is Support for the Cuban People (SCP). And this cycling tour in Cuba is an SCP tour! Your guides created a tour which is specially designed for compliance with the SCP. This is the best way for U.S. travelers to have a fun and easy trip to Cuba, legal and hassle-free. Here is a summary of the 5 requirements:

      • Use privately-owned businesses (e.g. private restaurants, private shops, private taxis, etc.)
      • Stay in privately-owned accommodation—these are the casas particulares you’ll be staying at.
      • Maintain a full schedule of meaningful interactions for 6-8 hours a day.
        “”Enhance contact with the Cuban people, support civil society in Cuba, or promote the Cuban people’s independence from Cuban authorities and that result in meaningful interactions with individuals in Cuba.”
        Here are some suggestions that are considered acceptable:

        • Supporting local artists by visiting galleries and/or purchasing art
        • Conversing with your hosts at casa particular
        • Volunteering
        • Taking lessons (dance, language, music, sport…)
        • Shopping in privately-owned businesses
        • Eating at privately-owned restaurants
        • Taking guided tours
      • Avoid transactions with Cuban Government entities on this Prohibited List. The most important thing is to avoid the hotels and shops listed. For example, most 5-star hotels are prohibited so you wouldn’t want to make purchases there.
      • Document your activities and transactions in a ledger or travel journal and maintain the records and receipts for 5 years.

    As soon as you join your tour, you’ll be spending time with your local guide—thus having a “meaningful interactions” and “promoting independence”, which is a part of SCP.

    If you are not a U.S. citizen or are not traveling via the U.S., please check the entry requirements for your country. Keep in mind that the tourist visa—also called the Cuban Tourist Card—is a must. Apply through the Cuban Embassy or Consulate closest to you.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance.

    With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more. Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to. For more information on travel recommendations and restrictions in Cuba, please refer to Cuba Travel.

    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • A $100 deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 2 months (60 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.

      • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to sixty (60) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund minus the $100 deposit. Another option is 100% kept as credit for another tour with the Guide.
      • For cancellations fifteen (15) to sixty (60) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of seventy-five percent (75%) of the total amount paid when Booking. Another option is 100% kept as credit for another tour with the Guide.
      • After that deadline, Client is entitled to a refund of fifty percent (50%). Another option is 100% kept as credit for another tour with the Guide.

    Guide reserves the right to cancel the tour due to insufficient sign-up (not meeting the 2-person minimum). In that case, a full tour refund will be issued or 100% of the credit can go towards another tour.
    Within 60 days of departure, any amendments to a file depend on availability and will be on a request basis. No changes can be made within 15 days of departure. This includes booking additional accommodations, transfers, or excursions.
    If you are prevented from traveling on the tour you booked by circumstances such as those which would permit you to make a claim on a standard cancellation insurance policy, you may transfer your booking to another person, provided they meet all the requirements relating to that tour. More than 60 days before departure, an administrative fee of 10% of the total value of the tour will apply. Within 60 days, name transfers are not permitted.

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