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Land Adventures

Cuba offers visitors much more than beautiful beaches to explore. Soaring mountains, fertile plains, lush wetlands, tropical forests, vast underground caves, and even an alpine microclimate provide the perfect backdrop for outdoor adventures like hiking, biking, horseback riding, rock climbing, spelunking… and even ziplining.

Miramar and Beyond

Miramar and Beyond

Venture west down Av Quinta (Fifth Avenue) for a glimpse of this leafy residential area. Continue on past the exclusive Club Habana to Marina Hemingway, where you can go snorkeling, sailing and deep-sea fishing or book a seafari tour to the coral reef.


Holguin

Seafari

Seafari

Take a boat excursion to the best snorkeling, fishing and swimming spots off the coast of Holguín.

Cayo Saetía

Although it’s only 100 km from Holguín city, this 42-sq-km island is a world apart. Connected to the mainland by a bridge, it is noted for its forests, broad prairies and idyllic beaches stretched out beneath striking cliffs along the northwestern coast. But the islet’s main attraction is the population of native and imported animals that roam freely here, including antelopes, zebras, boars and ñandus.

Parque Natural Bahía de Naranjo

This island complex near Guardalavaca boasts an aquarium featuring dolphin and sea lion shows, as well as yacht and seafari trips.

Paracaidismo Guardalavaca

Glide above the pristine Guardalavaca shoreline during a tandem skydiving or Zodiac hang-gliding adventure.


Jardines del Rey

Aguachales de Falla

Aguachales de Falla

One of the few swampy areas on the northern coast, this area is a system of seven lakes and dozens of ponds, connected by a web of streams and channels. Several species of duck make their home here, as does the Aguachales de Falla Hunt Club.

Isla Turiguanó

Isla Turiguanó

This is cattle-country, complete with cowboys, horses and rodeo shows every weekend. While you’re on the island, be sure to stop by El Pueblo Holandés, a charming town modeled after a Dutch village.

Laguna de la Leche (Milky Lagoon)

Laguna de la Leche (Milky Lagoon)

Shimmering underwater lime deposits give Cuba’s largest natural lake its name. A refuge for flamingoes, snooks and tarpons, the lake is a popular fishing spot. It also hosts sailing regattas.

Eco-Safari

Travel by jeep to Redonda Lake for a day that includes a boat tour, horseback riding, a hike up Cunagua Hill and a visit to a crocodile-breeding farm.


Las Tunas

Puerto Padre: Sugar & Sea Tour

Puerto Padre: Sugar & Sea Tour

Enjoy a sweet afternoon learning about how to harvest and process sugar cane in this charming coastal town. This tour includes stops at the La Loma Fortress, Salcedo Castle and Casimba del Malecon, as well as a seafood lunch.

Vicente García Memorial

See the house where liberator General Vicente García was born. Built in 1800 and declared a national monument in 1996, the home features four exhibition rooms dedicated to the general’s life and achievements.

Plaza de la Revolución

Catch a Sunday afternoon concert at this plaza in the heart of Las Tunas The square officially opened in 1915, when a statue of liberator General Vicente Aguilera García was unveiled. There is also a noteworthy bust of National Hero José Martí.

Las Tunas City Tour

Let a knowledgeable guide show you around the “City of Sculptures” with a tour that includes stops at Vicente García Revolution Square, Martí Square, and a presentation about the city’s Afro-Caribbean heritage.


Peninsula de Zapata

Santo Tomás

Santo Tomás

Convene in the Santo Tomás settlement west of Playa Larga to join a walking or boating tour along a section of the Hatiguanico River.

Observación de Aves

Observación de Aves

Many species of rare birds make their home at this sanctuary, where knowledgeable staff offer guided tours.

Laguna de las Salinas

Laguna de las Salinas

Book a guided tour through this wildlife refuge, where you may be treated to the unforgettable sight of thousands of pink flamingos. The swamps and lagoons here are densely populated with aquatic birds and migratory waterfowl.


Pinar del Río

Viñales Valley, Sierra de los Organos

Declared a UNESCO World Cultural and Landscape Site in 1999, this valley is also home to a 270-million-year-old fossil, palma corcho (Mycrocycas calocoma).

Vuelta Abajo

Explore the famous San Juan y Martinez tobacco fields, and stop by the Finca El Pinar Vegas Robaina tobacco ranch.

Península de Guanahacabibes

Península de Guanahacabibes

Venture out to the western tip of Cuba to gaze at the 170 bird species that call this peninsula home, including Cuba’s national bird, the tocororo.

Las Terrazas

This sustainable village, on the slopes of the Sierra del Rosario mountain range, is an excellent starting point for hiking excursions past waterfalls, coffee plantations and mineral springs.


Santa Lucia

Colonial Camagüey Tour

Explore the historic city of Camagüey on a guided tour that takes you to the Puerto Príncipe Rum Factory, Revolution Square, Cándido González Baseball Park and the magnificent La Merced Catholic Church.

Crocodile Breeding Farm

Take a guided tour to one of the region’s crocodile breeding farm. Most tours departing from Santa Lucía also stop at nearby caves and even a violin factory.

Sabinal Jeep Safari

Observe the flourishing flora and fauna flourishing on unspoiled Cayo Sabinal. The Jeep tour includes sightseeing stops in the town of Nuevitas along the way.

Rancho King Tourist Farm

Soak up the Wild West atmosphere at this family-friendly ranch. Don’t miss the rodeo or the regular concerts. Bus tours to the Ranch depart regularly from several Santa Lucia hotels.


Santiago de Cuba

Archaelogical Landscape of the First Coffee Plantations in the Southeast of Cuba

Archaelogical Landscape of the First Coffee Plantations in the Southeast of Cuba

That’s the designation UNESCO gave to this World Heritage Site which preserves the ruins of the coffee plantations that thrived in this area over 200 years ago.

Casco Histórico Walking Tour

Santiago Casco Histórico Walking Tour

Santiago’s historical centre is well worth exploring and there’s no better way to do that than by walking the romantic streets of Parque Céspedes, with its gorgeous colonial architecture.

Gran Piedra

Climb the 454-step staircase for an unrivalled view of Santiago atop this 70,000-ton boulder teetering over the ridge of the Sierra Baconao, 1,000 metres above sea level.


Trinidad

Sierra del Escambray

Sierra del EscambrayBook a jeep excursion through the Escambray mountains through a local tour operator like Havanatur or Cubatur.

Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills)

Get a taste of the region’s sweet history by exploring the 70 historic sugar mills lining this valley just outside Trinidad. Don’t miss the 146-foot-tall Iznaga Tower, which provides an excellent view of the nearby mountains and beaches.


Varadero

Car Rental

Car Rental

Design your own road trip. A comprehensive network of car rental offices lets you take your pick from a range of different vehicles: Economy, Midsize (the most requested), Luxury, Jeep, Minivan and Van. You can book online at www.transturvaradero.com.

Vintage Car Tours

Vintage Car Tours

Arrange to see the sights in one of Cuba's famous vintage automobiles.

Varadero Beach Tour

Varadero Beach Tour

It's easy to beach-hop, thanks to Hop-On Hop-Off panoramic buses that will take you from one end of the peninsula to the other.

Matanzas

Matanzas

For a more cultured excursion, visit Matanzas, the historic port town known as the “Athens of Cuba” because of the wealth of celebrated European poets and writers living there in the mid-19th century. Places of interest surround the Plaza de la Vigía, where the city was founded nearly 400 years ago.

Parque Josone (Josone Park)

Parque Josone (Josone Park)

Keep your camera out during your trip to Parque Josone, where you’ll find breathtaking gardens that date back to 1940. Cool off with a dip in the pool.

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Crocodile Nurseries

Crocodile Nurseries

For a more unusual outing, visit the Boca de Guamà, Cuba's largest crocodile farm, where you can unleash your inner shutterbug by snapping giant crocodiles, iguanas and various species of indigenous lizards.

Playa Girón

If you head south to the Zapata Peninsula, you’ll stumble upon Playa Girón, a quiet beach located on the eastern side of the Bahia de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs). Its huge underwater canyons, impressive wrecks and pristine waters provide hours of fun for snorkelers and scuba divers.

San Juan de Dios de Cárdenas

San Juan de Dios de Cárdenas

On Cárdenas Bay you’ll find historic Cárdenas, sometimes called the 'city of firsts' because so many significant events happened here first. Notable example: this is where the Cuban flag waved for the first time.

Cueva Ambrosio (Ambrosio Cave)

Cueva Ambrosio (Ambrosio Cave)

Observe the pre-Columbian pictographs and Indian drawings at this well-preserved archeological site. An ancient ceremonial spot for the region's native population, the 300-metre cave later harboured runaway slaves.


Villa Clara

Fábrica de Tabacos Constantino Pérez Carrodegua

Fábrica de Tabacos Constantino Pérez Carrodegua

Tour one of Cuba’s finest tobacco factories, and see how the world’s favourite cigars (like Montecristos, Partagás and Romeo y Julieta) are made.


Golf

Havana

Havana Golf Club

Sneak in 9 holes at this lovely par-35 course.


Varadero

Mini Golf

Mini Golf

Enjoy a game of mini golf and a light cafeteria-style meal. 1st Avenue and 42nd Street

Varadero Golf Club

Varadero Golf Club

Work on your swing at this picturesque 18-hole championship course, marked by an intricate system of lagoons in the British links tradition. Tournaments take place in June and October. The club's annual regatta is in May.


Hiking

Baracoa

El Balcon de Iberia

This is a hiker’s paradise. The trail leads through the spectacular Parque Nacional Alejandro de Humboldt (Alexander von Humboldt National Park), which UNESCO recognizes as “one of the most biologically diverse tropical islands sites on earth.” Careful where you step: you will pass some of the world’s smallest vertebrates on your way to the El Majá Waterfall, which cascades over 82 feet.

El Yunque (The Anvil)

A vegetation-rich trail that runs through the Quibiján-Duaba Ecological Reserve leads to El Yunque. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars: this is a bird-watching hot spot. Once you reach the tabletop, you’ll have a great view of the Duaba and Toa Rivers, as well as Parque Nacional Alejandro de Humboldt (Alexander von Humboldt National Park).


Trinidad

Salto del Caburni

Salto del CaburniHike to the top of Salto del Caburni, which at 75-metres is among the tallest waterfalls in the Caribbean.

Escambray

Escambray - HikingThe Sierra del Escambray mountain range offers an extensive network of trails for your hiking pleasure.


Horseback Riding

Camagüey

Sierra del Chorrillo

Sierra del Chorrillo

Gaze at the park’s incredible array of birds like the blue heron, sparrow hawk, quail, wood pigeon, zunzún, tocororo and cartacuba as you ride along one of its peaceful trails.


Granma

Marea del Portillo

Marea del Portillo

Explore the beach on one of the horseback riding trips that departs from both of the hotels here. Or sit back and enjoy the view on a leisurely horse-drawn carriage ride.


Holguin

Hacienda La Mensura (in Parque Nacional La Mensura)

Hacienda La Mensura (in Parque Nacional La Mensura)

Ride through the aromatic pine forests of this alpine terrain surrounding Sierra del Cristal. Pick up your horse at the Hacienda La Mensura, where you can also watch the antelope play.

Guardalavaca

Stop by the riding centre across from Club Amigo Atlantica to enjoy a canter along the sparkling Guardalavaca beaches.


Santa Lucia

Rancho King Tourist Farm

There are horses to ride at this family-friendly ranch which puts on a rodeo show.


Trinidad

Finca de Recreo María Dolores (María Dolores Recreation Farm)

From this hotel, you can arrange a horseback ride to nearby Ranchón El Cubano.