Mingle with the Locals

Mingle with the Locals

9 days / 8 nights
Group Tour, guaranteed departures with a minimum of 2 participants
Start & Finish: Havana, Cuba

Destinations

  • Havana
  • Viñales
  • Cienfuegos
  • Trinidad
  • Santa Clara


Main attractions:

  • A perfect blending of cities and profound nature.
  • Stay with Cubans in their homes.
  • Gain insights into Cubans daily lives.
  • Discover the highlights of Cuba western geography.
  • Enjoy the excursion to Cayo Iguana.

Day 1: Arrival in Havana 

Welcome at Havana airport[1]. Transfer to hotel. Dinner not included. 

Accommodation with breakfast at a Selected Casa Particular in Havana.

[1] Surcharge for transfers (Varadero-Havana).


Day 2: Havana in a day

Immerse yourself in Cuba´s daily life. Start your day in the back seat of a colourful mode of local transport: the bici-taxi. The ride will take you from your Casa to Plaza Vieja (Old Square) in the historic centre. The historical tour through Old Havana´s four most beautiful squares begins here. You will observe the bustle of the city through the lens of a Camera Oscura; watch recently washed sheets being blown across balconies and rooftops as children play in the streets below with home-made toys. At noon, we will hop into a bright yellow cocotaxi, a comical coconut-shaped mode of transport.  Havana´s tuk tuk will take you to workshops where classic cars are restored and repaired. Let yourself be impressed by the ingenuity of local mechanics and discover how Cubans keep these old cars still running as collectible vehicles. End the day with a ride in these time capsules to visit Havana´s modern sectors, to become acquainted with emblematic quarters such as El Vedado and Miramar.  The tour ends with a panoramic ride along the famous Malecón Habanero, a coastal avenue, as you enjoy a light ocean breeze. (B)

Accommodation with breakfast at a Selected Casa Particular in Havana. 


Day 3: Havana - Viñales (220 km)

In the morning, you will head towards Pinar Del Río, the greenest of all Cuban provinces and the cradle of the best tobacco in the world. En route, we will make stop at the Los Jazmines viewpoint to enjoy the breath-taking views of Viñales Valley with its limestones mountains known as Mogotes. Later, we will continue towards the famous mural painting known as Mural de la Prehistoria, to relax with a cocktail and value its impressive images. After a short tour of the Viñales town, you will have free time. Later, at the base of a Mogote, enjoy a traditional dinner with an exclusive Cuban cocktail lesson. (B/D)

Accommodation with breakfast at a selected Casa Particular in Viñales.


Day 4: Viñales - Nature and Adventure

In Viñales, time seems to stand still. Nature, almost unspoiled, and the local fauna definitely contribute to the ideal portrait. In the morning, you will walk through this unique landscape, the work fields and alongside the remarkable Mogotes that define this valley. On the way, you will very likely come across local farmers who are often willing and open to share details of their lives and work; observe them working the land in the old-fashioned way, with oxen and carts. After the walk, lunch will be served at the paladar (privately-owned restaurant) Alberto Vitamina, named after the owner, a local, peculiar farmer with an excellent Cuban sense of humour.  Alberto became famous by selling fruits and he is always eager to strike up a conversation with his guests and share his story. Full of energy after a delicious lunch, enjoy a special adventure across a zip-line while experiencing the valley from above. Afternoon free for leisure activities and dinner will be on your own account. (B/L)

Accommodation with breakfast at a selected Casa Particular in Viñales.


Day 5: Viñales - Angerona - Cienfuegos (475 km)

In the morning, you will be heading for Cienfuegos, known to be the only city in Cuba founded by French settlers. En route, you will visit the ruins of Angerona Coffee Plantation, a large estate founded by the German immigrant Cornelio Souchay.  The walls of the former main house still stand as well as the water collection system to irrigate the coffee plantations and the slave confinement walls. Here the ambience is far more mystic; legends and tales of love and slavery linger in the air. Lunch will be had on the road. After a 300 km drive, the charming seaside city of Cienfuegos will appear.

Cienfuegos has been nicknamed the Pearl from the South, after its beautiful city structure. This villa was the hometown of numerous legendary icons, but probably the most significant is Benny Moré, Cuba´s greatest sonero[1]. During your stay, visit the bronze statue of the local idol located on the Prado promenade and have your photograph taken.  (B/L/D)

Accommodation with breakfast and dinner at a selected Casa Particular in Cienfuegos.

[1] Sonero refers to both the musician composing or playing "Son", or a fan or admirer of such rhythm


Day 6: Cienfuegos

In the morning, we will head to the El Nicho natural park for a walk amidst nature. The walk will lead you to a waterfall splashing over rocks forming small natural pools where you are welcome to enjoy a refreshing dip. Upon arrival back at the starting point, enjoy a sit-down lunch under a wooden shack surrounded by absolute nature. In the afternoon, upon arrival in Cienfuegos, visit the splendid Teatro Tomas Terry located in the Marti Park, where Italian tenor Enrico Caruso once sang. 

To end the day, enjoy a tasty cocktail from the rooftop of Palacio de Valle overlooking a breath-taking scenery across the city. (B/L)

Accommodation with breakfast at a selected Casa Particular in Cienfuegos.


Day 7: Cienfuegos – Trinidad (85 km)

In the morning, immerse yourself in the landscape as we take the coastal road towards Trinidad, one of the richest Cuban cities during the 19th century, and a telling example of a unique colonial architecture. The city tour will lead you through cobbled streets of yesteryear to demonstrate why Trinidad was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk through the Plaza Mayor, surrounded by ancient and magnificent mansions and visit the Museo Histórico de la Ciudad where you can climb the tower[1] in the backyard to enjoy the wonderful view over the city. At Casa Del Alfarero, enjoy a brief explanation about the rich pottery-making culture, passed on through many generations in Trinidad. At night, after dinner at a privately-owned restaurant, you are welcome to enjoy Cuban music at the Casa de la Trova. (B/D)

Accommodation with breakfast at a selected Casa Particular in Trinidad. 

[1] Climbing up to the tower is at your own risk. 


Day 8: Trinidad - Cayo Iguana (40 km) 

The Caribbean Sea is the highlight of today. From the small fishing town of Casilda, sail out across the Caribbean Sea to Cayo Iguana, while enjoying a different perspective of Trinidad´s southern coast. At the first stop, you will be able to dive into crystal-clear waters and take the opportunity to snorkel and embrace the underwater world. Both on the boat and at Cayo Iguana, you will have plenty of time to sunbathe and relax while enjoying Cuban rhythms. Enjoy a traditional Cuban lunch on the island before you sail back to Trinidad and feel yourself a real Robinson Crusoe. (B/L)

Accommodation with breakfast at a selected Casa Particular in Trinidad.


Day 9: Trinidad - Santa Clara - Varadero / Havana (330 / 400 km) 

Today you will depart from Trinidad and head to the university city of Santa Clara, where guerrilla fighter Ernesto Che Guevara achieved his most important victory and found his resting place. You will visit the monument in honour of the derailment of Batista´s armoured train, a decisive action that triggered the triumph of the Cuban Revolution.  Later, enjoy a drink at Café Revolución, surrounded by historical memoirs. You will also pass by the Che Guevara Mausoleum[1] before you continue to Havana, stopping in Varadero to drop off clients that booked a beach extension.  (B)

[1] This Mausoleum is closed on Mondays. It could also be closed any other day without previous information. Caribbean Tours is not responsible for any changes. Nevertheless, it is worth passing and stopping by to see, from the outside, this amazing site along with such an impressive statue of Che.


(We cannot guarantee the connection with a national or international flight and therefore it is not recommended to book a departure flight on this same day. For that reason, we recommend booking an additional night).

Cuba Real Tours guarantee this tour departure with a minimum of 2 pax! It means that if you book "Mingle with the Locals" trip, you'll definitely be heading off on the adventure of explore Cuba’s kaleidoscope of colour and charisma.

Guaranteed Departures - Winter 2020 / 2021:

Friday 27/11/2020

Friday 04/12/2020

Friday 11/12/2020

Friday 18/12/2020

Friday 25/12/2020

Friday 01/01/2021

Friday 08/01/2021

Friday 15/01/2021

Friday 22/01/2021

Friday 29/01/2021

Friday 05/02/2021

Friday 12/02/2021

Friday 19/02/2021

Friday 26/02/2021

Friday 05/03/2021

Friday 12/03/2021

Friday 19/03/2021

Friday 26/03/2021

Friday 02/04/2021

Friday 09/04/2021

Friday 16/04/2021

Friday 23/04/2021

Friday 30/04/2021

Guaranteed Departures - Summer 2021:

Friday 14/05/2021

Friday 28/05/2021

Friday 11/06/2021

Friday 25/06/2021

Friday 09/07/2021

Friday 16/07/2021

Friday 23/07/2021

Friday 30/07/2021

Friday 06/08/2021

Friday 13/08/2021

Friday 03/09/2021

Friday 17/09/2021

Friday 01/10/2021

Friday 15/10/2021

Friday 22/10/2021

Friday 29/10/2021

Services Included:

  • Tour in air-conditioned vehicles (car/van/bus) with chauffeur service. The quality of vehicles is based on the country´s local standards.
    • 2 pax in a car (1 piece of luggage maximum per person)
    • From 3-7 pax in a minivan/microbus (6-10 seats)
    • From 8-10 pax in a minibus (15-16 seats)
    • From 11-12 pax in a bus (24 seats)
  • Transfer from Havana airport to Havana accommodation on the starting day of the tour. (If necessary, transfers from/to the airport may be carried out by a Caribbean Tours representative)
  • During the tour, from day 1 to day 9, local guide service.
  • Excursions, visits, and entrances to places based on the itinerary.
  • 8 night-stay at privately-owned houses previously described (based on availability).
  • 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners


Services Not Included:

  • All meals and beverages not mentioned in the program.
  • Beach extension; for example in Varadero.
  • Transfer to Havana airport after the extension in Varadero.
  • Personal expenses and tips


Havana ⇢ Viñales ⇢ Playa Larga ⇢ Cienfuegos ⇢ Trinidad ⇢ Santa Clara