Complex history & local stories – What we love about Cuba.

Since the Spanish tried to whiten the population in the colonial years, Cuba has been a melting pot of cultural influences. African slaves were imported to undertake the backbreaking work in the sugar fields. Then, a cheap Chinese workforce was sent in to replace them when slavery was abolished in 1866.

Fidel Castro’s revolution flung Cuba on to the world stage. This pint-sized island on the edge of the Caribbean was suddenly dealing with 2 nuclear superpowers and saw off 9 US presidents. The legacy of Fidel and Che Guevara are still very much present when you travel around Cuba today.

But today Cuba is a unique place. Years of Soviet funded political ideology created a strong- if slightly confusing – sense of national identity. Soviet, American, Spanish, Caribbean and African influences fuse together to create a fascinating, immersive place to visit.


WHY GO TO CUBA?

Crumbling colonial towns, beautiful hiking scenery and the persistent quirks of a country holding on to their communist ideals makes, Cuba a fascinating destination. Cuba is full of unique experiences.

HOW TO EXPERIENCE CUBA

Need help pulling it all together? Our Cuba itinerary contains a detailed day by day breakdown of what to do, how to do it and all the costs of our 2-week excursion around the island.

WHY GO TO CUBA?

Crumbling colonial towns, beautiful hiking scenery and the persistent quirks of a country holding on to their communist ideals makes, Cuba a fascinating destination. Cuba is full of unique experiences.

HOW TO EXPERIENCE CUBA

Need help pulling it all together? Our Cuba itinerary contains a detailed day by day breakdown of what to do, how to do it and all the costs of our 2-week excursion around the island.

CUBA TRAVEL TIPS

Viazul bus or driving and renting a car in Cuba?
Viazul bus or car rental? How to get around Cuba.

Cuba can be an exciting and frustrating place to travel in. Here's everything you need to know about getting around Cuba to help make your trip a little smoother.

Viñales Cuba, hiking in Viñales Valley, Cuba.
14 really useful Cuba travel tips

Cuba can be frustrating destination. But with planning, much of the frustration will disappear. Here are 14 travel tips for Cuba.


CUBA TRAVEL GUIDES

2 weeks in Cuba Itinerary
2-week Cuba itinerary – Colonialism & communism

With so much to see in Cuba how do you fit it all in? Here is our comprehensive itinerary for how to spend 2 weeks in Cuba.

3 days in Havana itinerary
3-day Havana itinerary – City of decaying grandeur

Under the crumbling buildings and decaying infrastructure, Havana hides an intriguing spirit. Here’s our 3-day Havana itinerary.

Playa Larga Cuba
Quick Guide to Playa Larga, Cuba

Playa Larga is the gateway to the Cienaga de Zapata National Park, a varied ecosystem of wetlands, mangrove forests, coral reefs and underwater canyons. Here's what to see and do.

What to do in Trinidad, where to eat and drink in Trinidad
Quick guide to Trinidad, Cuba

Colourful buildings, colonial squares and great places to eat and drink. Here’s our pick of the best things to do in Trinidad, Cuba.

Quick Guide to Havana, Cuba

Just want the essentials? Here’s our quick guide to Havana with our favourite places to eat, the most atmospheric places for a drink as well as our top picks for the best things to see and do.


HIKING & NATURE

Viñales Valley Tour, Cycling Viñales Valley, Cuba
Viñales Valley – Cycle routes through Cuban tobacco farms

Taking a Viñales Valley tour is a great way to see the area, but even better, hire a bike and meander the many excellent paths.

Ciénaga de Zapata Cuba
How to visit Cuba’s Ciénaga de Zapata National Park

Snorkelling in the Bay of Pigs? Birdwatching? Peering over a pink swathe of flamingos? Here's all you need to know about visiting Ciénaga de Zapata National Park.

Topes de collantes hiking in cuba
Exploring Cuba’s Topes de Collantes Nature Reserve

Hiking in Cuba can be great but frustrating with minimal signs and information. Here’s a guide to for independent hiking in the Topes de Collantes Nature Reserve.

Parque Guanayara Cuba
Coffee and communism in Parque Guanayara

Parque Guanayara's natural pools and waterfalls make a great day trip from Trinidad and an insightful way to understand the lives of people working in the coffee industry.

Parque el Cubano in Topes de Collantes, Trinidad, Cuba
Hiking and swimming in Parque El Cubano

Parque el Cubano is the most accessible park from Trinidad, Cuba. Here’s all you need to know to visit some beautiful pools and waterfalls.

El Nicho Waterfall near Cienfuegos, Cuba
Stunning wild swimming in the waterfalls of El Nicho

Sitting in the natural pools and under the cascading waterfalls of El Nicho is a highlight of any trip to Cuba. Here’s all you need to know.

Viñales Cuba, hiking in Viñales Valley, Cuba.
How to hike without a guide in Viñales Valley, Cuba

Viñales Valley has the finest scenery in Cuba. But with few signs hiking is tricky. This guide will help you to complete a fantastic hike.


THOUGHT PROVOKING

Cuba today
Cuba today: Private dreams and public reality

Cuba today can be fascinating, yet also incredibly frustrating. Here’s our experience of a country struggling to combine capitalist prosperity with communist ideals.