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Excursions

For a sweet retreat, you can harvest cacao, coconuts and coffee at Toa Ranch near Baracoa, or tour the 70 historic sugar mills lining the Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills) just outside Trinidad. Get a taste of history by visiting the Cueva Ambrosio [Ambrosio Cave] near Varadero, an archeological site featuring pre-Columbian pictographs and Indian drawings. Or stop by Cojimar, the town just east of Havana that Ernest Hemingway modeled the fishing village in his classic The Old Man and the Sea after.

For a breathtaking view of Santiago, climb the 454-step staircase at Gran Piedra, a 70,000-ton boulder teetering over the ridge of the Sierra Baconao. Take in a real rodeo at Isla Turiguanó, an island near Cayo Coco. For a very different island experience, head out to Cayo Saetia, a 42 square km island known for its herds of free-roaming native and imported animals, including antelopes, zebras, boars and ñandus.

Adrenalin adventures include canyoning from Topes de Collantes in Sancti Spíritus; ziplining near Pinar del Río's eco-village, Las Terrazas; and skydiving over the beaches of Varadero and Guardalavaca.

The Cuban tour operator Cubanacán is a great resource for organizing excursions. Among its many offerings, it provides guided adventures like a daylong trip to the majestic El Nicho waterfall in Cuba’s famous Escambray Mountains.


Baracoa

Maraví

Maraví

Wander among fragrant coconut groves, orchards and palm trees at this ecotourism farm on the coast north of Baracoa.

Cayuca (Canoe) Excursion on the Toa River

Cayuca (Canoe) Excursion on the Toa River

Treat yourself to a unique experience by taking a cayuca (kayak) tour along the Toa River. You’ll get in a great workout while paddling past farmers’ plantations and the magnificent Sagua-Baracoa Mountain Range.

Toa Ranch

Toa Ranch

Ever wanted to learn how to harvest coffee, cacao and coconuts? Find out here, where you can also hear about what the rural life is like around Baracoa.

Yumurí

Enjoy the beautiful 35 km drive from Baracoa to the town of Yumurí. Watch out for the Bay of Mata, as well as the Barigua and Manglito beaches along the way.


Camagüey

Jardines de la Reina

Jardines de la Reina

You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into another world on this archipelago of virtually uninhabited keys curled around Camagüey's southern coast. Flora and fauna flourish in this virgin territory: palm trees, sea grapes, mangroves, iguanas and pelicans.

Petrified Forest

Petrified Forest

Marvel at the remnants of trees that have been petrified for over three million years. This unique collection is spread out across one hectare in Sierra del Chorrillo.

La Belén Ranch

La Belén Ranch

This ranch within Sierra del Chorrillo functions as a bird reserve, featuring rare species like the Cuban parakeet and the giant kingbird. It is also home to exotic animals like zebras, deer and buffalos.


Cayo Largo

Cueva de Punta del Este (Isla de la Juventud)

This national monument located south of Nueva Gerona on the Isla de la Juventud has been called 'the aboriginal Sistine Chapel' of the Caribbean. The cave was discovered in 1910, and features 235 historic pictographs.

Wildlife Viewing

Join one of the many organized nature-watching tours offered from Cayo Largo. You just might see some of the flamingos, iguanas and monkeys that call the remote keys west of Cayo Largo home.

Jeep Tour

Take a Jeep tour of Cayo Largo, which includes stops at a crocodile breeding farm, a turtle farm, the television tower, Casa del Tabaco and the ancient tree La Yana. It also includes snorkeling and lunch.

Trimaran Tour to Cayo Rico

Sail over to Cayo Rico, where you’ll be sure to spot some iguanas. The trimaran tour to Cayo Rico includes a stop at the beach, snorkeling, lunch and an open bar.


Cienfuegos

Horse-Carriage Tour

Horse-Carriage Tour

Climb aboard a charming horse-drawn carriage for a relaxing tour of Cienfuegos.

Cubanacán

This local company organizes guided adventures, including a three-hour tour called “Along the Paths of Orishas” or a day-long excursion to the majestic El Nicho waterfall, in the Escambray Mountains.


Granma

Demajagua's Historic Ruins

Demajagua's historic ruins

See where Carlos Manuel de Céspedes freed his slaves and rang the bell to declare Cuba’s Independence in 1868 at this former sugar mill near Manzanillo. Learn about the historic events at the museum here.

Cauto River Walking Tour

Cauto River Walking Tour

Marvel at the beautiful sights along this sparkling river that runs through the Sierra Maestra mountain range, including peaceful ponds, enchanting waterfalls and local farmers tending to their crops. This tour departs from Marea del Portillo.

La Plata Rebel Army Command Post

La Plata Rebel Army Command Post

Take a guided hike through points of interest related to the time Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolution leader, spent here coordinating his rebel activities. Regular tours depart by Jeep from Santo Domingo Villa.

Turquino Peak

Turquino Peak

Trek to the top of Cuba’s highest peak in Sierra Maestra National Park. A knowledgeable guide points out the region’s unique flora and fauna along the two-day hike.


Havana

Cojimar

Cojima

Just east of Havana lies Cojimar, where Ernest Hemingway kept his boat, El Pilar. The town served as the model for the fishing village in The Old Man and the Sea.

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.

Palmar Farm

Palmar Farm

Enjoy a delicious afternoon of music, dancing and games, with plenty to eat and drink at this traditional Cuban feast. You can go horseback riding, milk a cow, sip a glass of fresh sugarcane juice and watch limber locals scramble up a Royal palm, then savour a succulent criollo (creole) meal.

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Parque Lenin

Parque Lenin

Wander through 670 hectares of parkland encircling a large artificial lake. An amphitheatre, aquarium, art gallery and botanical garden are just some of the attractions. Dine at Don Cuba, which sits atop a tower with a great view.


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.