Central Cuba on horseback

This new program in the Cuba’s Central Region gives you the opportunity to enjoy one of the best rides in the country while at the same time you will have the choice to visit the most beautiful colonial towns of Cuba and swim in the crystalline waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Ciego de Ávila is also a green province where tobacco and coffee are grown in the extraordinarily fertile lands and valleys. In all of our programs, you have the opportunity to enjoy the Cuban hospitality, sleeping in the guajiros (field workers) houses in the countryside, having lunch together or drinking and dancing with them during the evening.

DAY 1 HAVANA

Reception at the hotel Presidente**** or similar. Accommodation at the Hotel, beside the Malecon of  Havana.

DAY 2. HAVANA – CIENFUEGOS-TRINIDAD

Transfer to Cienfuegos (3h drive). Lunch and guided walking tour through the historical center of Cienfuegos, the Southern Pearl. Founded in 1819 it has the richest collection of architectural and urban design in all the southern cities. Transfer to Trinidad (1h). Founded in 1514, Trinidad is a World Heritage Site due to its well-preserved jewels of colonial Caribbean architecture.

In this great historical town center a lot of musical and cultural activities take place during the evening. Dinner and accommodation in Casa Particular (private family establishment or boarding house).

DAY 3.  TRINIDAD-PLAYA ANCÓN-MORÓN

After a nice breakfast, a 3 hour morning ride through the Ingenios Valley, nominated Archeological Reserve by UNESCO followed by transfer (15m) to Playa Ancón for a swim in the Caribbean Sea and a Seafood lunch. Transfer to Morón (3.5h). Visit to The Rooster of Moron, whose symbol has become one of the national myths. Visit to the Casa de La Trova for a drink accompanied by live Cuban music. Dinner in a paladar (private restaurant) and accommodation in Hotel La Casona.

DAY 4 MORÓN-LOMA DE CUNAGUA

After breakfast, drive (30m) to Tres de Galán where we will meet the horses. Ride across the plain in the direction of the only high ground in an area of unremittingly flat farmland, Loma de Cunagua, a Protected Landscape which stands out for its biodiversity and natural landscapes that protect a group of endemic, vulnerable and endangered species and a variety of reptiles. Arrival to Loma de Cunagua, a wildlife refuge, which at 364 meters is the highest point of this part of the region, with a stunning view over the wonderful beaches of the Jardines del Rey in front. Picnic on the way. A 5 hour ride, dinner and accommodation in the nice Loma de Cunagua’s Refuge. Introduction to live Criolla music.

DAY 5.LOMA DE CUNAGUA-EL PEÑÓN

After breakfast about a 3 hour ride to Tres de Galán. After the ride a good lunch awaits us in Rancho Palma. Transfer to El Peñón (1h). Welcome Cocktail with Marbel and Yalianis, our hosts in Finca Santa Rubia, a lovely 60 hectares private family farm, with its plantation, and tobacco-drying barn. 1 hour ride checking horses. We will now have the opportunity to see the bulls and buffalos they are breeding on the farm and some Rodeo activity. Dinner and accommodation at Finca Santa Rubia.

DAY 6. EL PEÑÓN – RINCÓN DE MAGUYÁ

After breakfast, a 6 hour ride through the green fields of the Chambas region to Rincón de Maguyá. Lunch en route near the waterfalls of El Peluo (The furry), where we will have the chance to enjoy a bathe. We continue the ride to our next house in Rincón de Maguyá  across coffee plantations and royal palm trees. Dinner and accommodation in Casa Particular (private family establishment or boarding house).

DAY 7.  RINCÓN DE MAGUYÁ-EL PEÑÓN-CASA DE EVELIO

After breakfast a 3 hour ride back to Finca Santa Rubia for lunch. A little rest and then we ride for 2 more hours to Casa de Evelio. Dinner and accommodation in Casa Particular (private family establishment or boarding house).

DAY 8.  CASA DE EVELIO-PRESA FLORENCIA-EL PEÑÓN

After breakfast, a 5 hour ride to Presa Florencia and back to Finca Santa Rubia. Picnic on the way. During the ride we will have the opportunity to see coffee and sugarcane plantations. Farewell dinner at the Finca with live music. Accommodation in Finca Santa Rubia

DAY 9.  EL PEÑÓN-CAYO GUILLERMO-MORÓN

Transfer to Cayo Guillermo (2h).  The beaches of Cayo Guillermo are valuable jewels renowned by their variety of birds and the high level of conservation of their maritime ecosystems.

Today we enjoy a swim at the beautiful beach of Playa Pilar beside the Atlantic Ocean, with a tasty seafood meal. Transfer to Morón (2h). Dinner in a paladar (private restaurant) and accommodation in Hotel La Casona.

DAY 10.  MORÓN-LA HABANA

After breakfast, transfer to Havana (6h). Farewell dinner in a good restaurant in Old Havana, with live show performed by the musicians of Roberto Faz’s group, members of the Buena Vista Social Club. Accommodation at the Hotel Presidente

DAY 11.  HAVANA

After breakfast, guided walking tour through the historical center of Old Havana. Transfer to Playas del Este for the last swim and more good seafood. Transfer to Havana and return transfer to the airport at 18:00h.

DAY 12.  

Arrival in Europe

Notes

*For this trip you will need a small bag to bring the luggage just for the days 6 and 7 of the program.

**Depending on availability, the hotels mentioned in this brochure may be replaced, without prior notice, with others hotels of the same category

PRICE : 2360 euros*
*In double room
*Single Room Supplement 220 €*
*Prices are linked to the Cuban CUC. In case of strong exchange rate fluctuations, the price can be adjusted up 2 weeks before departure.

Minimum: 6 participant
Maximum: 12 participant

DATES 2017:

–       01/03/2017 – 12/03/2017

–      11/11/2017 – 21/11/2017

 

 INCLUDED

  • Transfer to the airport Jose Martin of Havana the last day of the program at 18:00
  • Accommodation in Hotel President or similar in La Havana
  • Accommodation including breakfast in hotels in the program
  • Full board during the horse trek in Havana as specifict in program, a drink (beer, soft drink, mineral water)
  • Service of a guide, instructor and a translator co-ordinator of Cabalgar Rutas Alternativas for the all program.
  • A local equestrian tour guide for the all ride.
  • Bilingual guide during all program
  • Well equipped Cuban Criollo horse’s (mix breed), Pinto and Appaloosa
  • Back-up vehicle
  • Transfers from Havana to Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Morón, Cayo Coco and return to Havana

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights to/from Havana
  • Transfer from the airport José Martí to Havana the first day of the program
  • Accidents Insurance and Insurance requirements: To entry in Cuba you will need to have a travel medical insurance policies purchased abroad and must be from a travel insurance and/or assistance companies recognized by the Cuban government
  • Museum and show tikects
  • Extra drinks
  • Extra espenses in hotels (Internet and Phone calls, Spa services, Laundry etc.…)
  • Tips to the guides or musicians (approx. 50€)
  • Taxes
  • Transfers in Havana
  • Private transfer to the airport the last day of the program