ColorTravels - Cuba

La ruta de Chan Chan

A special itinerary, almost an adventure, to discover the authentic Cuba
15 days - 14 nights

Cuba sea

Discover the old Cuba, into the “lejano oriente” of the traditional songs. Across the Island, start from the capital L’Havana to Remedios, stopping by S.Clara to pay tribute to Che Guevara in his suggestive mausoleum. Then you’ll visit Camaguey, with its fascinating atmosphere that preludes to the Orient of the island. Mayarì, the place we dreamed about listening to Compay Segundo’s song “Chan Chan”: a small village embedded between the mountains and the waterfalls that can be reached through Cueto…. From now on, you’ll explore unpaved roads in the very heart of Cuba, that still beats for the Revolucion, where people cheers from the “carreton” smiling and asking you to take a picture… then held hast fast to your seats because you are going to discover an exclusive place few people know about: Cayo Saetia. Definitely off the mass tourism maps, the cayo overlooks the Bahia de Nipe and it can be reached only passing through an African savannah-like landscape (many animals were introduced into this habitat such as zebras, gazelles, ostriches that will really make you believe to be in Africa!). After this unexpectedly exotic landscape, you will face the most crystaline water of whole Cuba. Your tour proceeds, passing by Moa and its nickel mines, though cocoa and coconut palm forests, and finally you will reach Baracoa, which in Tainos language means “place of waters”: it is crossed by more than 20 rivers, such as Rio Toa, Miel and Duaba. Our local driver will show you the luxurious nature of this enchanting place and its people, “el alma de Cuba”. From Baracoa you will keep on going to the Cuban eastern capital, Santiago, “la cuna del son”, “el corazon de la Revolucion”, a city of incomparable charme. From there you’ll start to close the circle, back to Havana: the historic Bayamo, Sancti Spiritu, the unique Trinidad, the ancient city you would never leave..... On your way back to Havana , you’ll stop to visit the French-style, elegant Cienfuegos.

Day 1 - L’Havana

Arrival in Cuba. You will be received in your airport***. Accommodation in your house in the old city centre, Havana Vieja. Free dinner.
*** Airport can be: Havana, Varadero S.Clara. Pick up can also be done at your hotel in Varadero or in a Cayo.

L’Havana

Day 2 - L’Havana

Breakfast. At 9:00 am, your tour guide (English speaking) will meet you at your house and show you around Havana Vieja. After lunch (non included), guided city tour by bus to visit the other neighbourhoods of Havana (about 2 hours). Free afternoon and dinner  (1).

Remedios

Day 3 - Remedios

Breakfast. At 8:30 am departure to Santa Clara and visit to the Che Guevara Mausoleum* and to the “tren blindado”. From S.Clara your driver you will bring you to  Remedios , where we suggest you to visit the ancient cathedral on the main square. Accommodation in your house. Dinner at the house.

* Except on Monday, closing day of Cuban museums.

Camaguey

Day 4 - Camaguey

Breakfast. At 8:30 departure to Camaguey. Accommodation in your Camaguey house. Free day to visit the beautiful ancient city. Dinner at the house.

Mayarì

Day 5 - Mayarì

Breakfast. At 8:00 a.m. departure to Mayarì . As you enter into the oriental side of Cuba, you’ll experience a less comfortable road but certainly more interesting: outside your car window you’ll see the images of Cuba as sung by Compay Segundo, Eliades Ochoa, Ibrahim Ferrer…. The journey is quite long, about 5 hours, but certainly it’s worthwhile. Accommodation and dinner in the house.

Cayo Saetia

Day 6 - Cayo Saetia

Breakfast. At 9:00 a.m. departure to Cayo Saetia. Entrance fee: 10 CUC to be paid on site. Possibility of lunch at the restaurant/bar on the beach. In the evening return to Mayarì* . Dinner at the house.

*As an alternative you could sleep in the simple, but cosy hotel of Cayo Saetia. In this case, no entrance fee is due.

Baracoa

Day 7 - Baracoa

Breakfast. At 8:00 a.m. departure to Baracoa, passing through Moa and its nickel mines. Then  you’ll proceed slowly through the tropical forest and you’ll meet the “bolas de cacao” vendors (they sell exquisite balls of pure cocoa). After Playa Maguana , you will cross the Toa River (excellent restaurant  “ Rancho Toa” recommended for a juicy lunch to taste the specialties of Baracoa).  Arrival in Baracoa, accommodation and dinner at the house.

Baracoa, “the most beautiful land human eyes have ever seen”: this is how Christopher Colombus described it when he touched the first strip of Cuban land. The first established city in Cuba still carries within itself the legacy of the native populations. Its name in Tainos language means “surrounded by waters”. Baracoa is surrounded by the sea and it is crossed by more than 20 rivers, among which are Rio  Duaba , Toa and Yumurì, that offer fresh water in the immense coconut and cocoa palm forests surrounding  the city.
Not to be missed: a relaxing plunge into the Duaba river, a sacred river.

Baracoa

Day 8 - Baracoa

Breakfast. At 9:00 a.m. a local driver will pick you up to discover the fascinating  surroundings of Baracoa. Dinner at the house

In our information sheet you will find tips for choosing the best excursions to do, to deep yourself in the magic nature of Baracoa. Your local driver will be your guide in this adventure.

Santiago

Day 9 - Santiago

Breakfast. At 8.00 am, departure to Santiago driving up to Paso de la Farola, from where you’ll be able to admire an amazingly unusual landscape. Arrival in Santiago around midday. Accommodation in the “casa”. Free afternoon to discover the historic centre of the city where the son was born and the Cuban Revolution began. A visit to the Cuartel Moncada Museum* is recommended. Dinner in the house.

* Except on Monday, closing day of Cuban museums.

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Santiago

Day 10 - Santiago

Breakfast. At 9 a.m. your driver will take you to the Virgen del Cobre Santuary, the Cuba patron saint,  and to the majestic Morro Fortification. Free afternoon . Free dinner . (1)./p>

Camaguey

Day 11 - Bayamo - Camaguey

Breakfast. At 8:30 am departure to Camaguey, stopping by in Bayamo.
The city, established in 1513, has been the centre of the insurrection in the Independence war and it is the birthplace of Cuban National Anthem. The ancient cathedral and its squares deserve a visit.
In about 3 hours’ drive you will reach Camaguey. Accommodation in the house . Dinner in the house.

Trinidad

Day 12 - Trinidad

Breakfast. Departure to Trinidad at 8.00 am, stopping by in Sancti Spiritu and Manaca Iznaga in Valle de los Ingenios. Arrival in Trinidad and accommodation in your house. Dinner at the house.(1)

Trinidad, the colonial city with the Latin America’s biggest and best preserved “casco historico”, will capture you with its ancient architecture, wonderful palaces and incredible "movida". Music in the streets and in many bars from dawn ‘til dusk: the real “sabor a Cuba”, the cuban atmosphere that everybody dreams about when thinking of Cuba. The friendliness of its citizens and an unspoiled coast (Peninsula de Ancon) complete the picture of the perfect place to breathe the real Cuba. As a traditional song says, Trinidad is close to the sea and to the mountains too. Not to be missed : the excursions in Topes de Collantes, at the Guanayara waterfall, and Playa Maria Aguilar, en Peninsula de Ancon.

We will provide you separately detailed informations about many excursion possibilities,and relevant prices, along with the phone numbers of our trusted Cuban guides, to book your favourite excursion. Call them from your house or book it in advance through Colortravels (recommended).

Trinidad

Day 13 - Trinidad

Breakfast. Free day to enjoy Trinidad, either getting around the city or at the seaside. Free dinner (1).

Havana

Day 14 - Havana

Breakfast. At 8:30 departure to L’Havana, passing through Cienfuegos. Arrival in Havana, acccomodation in your house. Free afternoon, free dinner.

Day 15 - Havana

Breakfast. Taxi to the airport* (time to be defined depending on your flight schedule).
*Instead of the airport, your point of release can be your hotel in Varadero or in a Cayo.

(1) Note: 1) For your free dinners, as well as to enjoy at the utmost your time in each city, we will provide you with an information sheet with advices on restaurants, places to listen to music and have fun, local transportation etc. A sort of Cuban "vademecum", result of our experience on the site.

General note: Excursion and transfer times are indicative and subject to change based on contingent events (weather conditions, unforeseen situations, etc). IMPORTANT: Prices of entrance to parks, cayos and beaches may vary without notice as well as accessibility to some Cayos and / or beaches due to ongoing works (new roads, hotels, etc) or others incidental reasons.

Cuba Map

Price includes:

  • • 19 nights accomodation in Cuban B&B “casa particular”, double room with private bathroom and air conditioning
  • • 19 breakfasts
  • • 12 dinners in Cuban B&B “casa particular”
  • • All door-to-door transfers with private driver
  • • Guided visit in Havana Vieja and City tour
  • • Transfers from and to airoport (or any other point indicated by client)
  • • Reception at the Airport

Price does not include

  • • Visa to Cuba ( included with your flight if originated from Canada)
  • • International flight
  • • Insurance
  • • Beverages at dinners
  • • Entrance to parks and museums
  • • Transfer in the various cities not included in the program
  • • Personal expenses and tips
  • • What else not inclued in “price includes”
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PRICES

 

  • Price: € 2180 / pax min 2 pax
    Price: € 2020 / pax min 4 pax


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La ruta de Chan Chan