• Multi Destination Journey
  • Active Adventure
  • 8 days; 7 nights
  • 2 to 8 travelers
  • Begins & ends in Havana
Cuba is famous for Cuban cigars and classic cars. On this journey you will be exploring in both. Connect with inspiring locals as you navigate the tobacco fields by horseback, climb through cave systems and enjoy stunning view ot the vast valley. Your local expert will show you around the UNESCO world heritage site of Vinales Valley that is rarely explored by tourists or travelers and gain insight on the local culture and people.

At a Glance

Creature comforts

comfortable


Physical activity

significant


Ground support

fully guided

Terrain

  • Mountains

Practicalities

  • For ages 18+
  • Proficient english

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Climbing
  • Camping
  • Permaculture
  • Rural homestay

Your Local Expert

Max nelson

Lazaro “Mena” Gonzales He graduated from university with a degree in oceanic engineering, but his real passion is climbing. Since a young kid he has had a thirst for adrenaline and adventure. The first time he climbed about 15 years ago he knew then that it was something he wanted to keep doing. He loves the peace that he gets while climbing, as an exceptional hyperactive person it gives him a level of calm that he rarely finds elsewhere. Like all Cubans he started climbing with beat old, borrowed gear. He has a vivid memory of climbing with a friend many years back sharing 1 harness, 5 quick draws, some shoes with holes in them and a rope for horses. A couple of Americans saw them and were so terrified for their lives that they gave them all of their climbing gear. At the time there was no internet and they were lost forever. He could never thank them for changing his life.read more

The Journey

Day 1

Welcome to Cuba!

Upon arriving at the airport one of the Program Directors will be waiting to escort you to the beautiful colonial district of La Habana Vieja. Once in Havana you will be checked into your casa particular and be given a brief orientation of the city. If you need any assistance with any errands or visits to a nearby point of interest your guides will be more than happy to accompany you. In the event you arrive early in the morning and would like to coordinate any specific activities during the day just let us know so we can accommodate your requests. 8:30 p.m. The guide will meet you at the Casa Particular to head together to the welcome dinner and orientation during which time travelers can get to know the guide better and discuss the itinerary for the following days.read more

Day 2

Off to Vinales Valley

Drive to Viñales Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site known as the heart of the tobacco and coffee growing region in Cuba. Viñales is the leading example of the private sector in Cuba. 8:30 a.m Breakfast at Casa Particular 9:15 a.m Visit Fusterlandia, community art project inspired by Gaudi. 11:30 a.m Stop at Jasminez vistapoint to get a better understanding of Vinales Valley of both its history and geography. Check into casa particular 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Lunch at a traditional Cuban restaurant (included) at the base of one of Viñales Mogote. Meet with Vinales climbing guide for lunch and discuss the itinerary 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Hike to Cueva de la Vaca, the most accessible and varied crag to climb sport routes. Learn about local rock type and climbing practices. 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Dinner at local paladar for sunsetread more

Day 3

Into the Valley

9:00 a.m. Breakfast at Casa Particular 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Climb to the Che Guevara Cave in the Vinales mountainside. This hike has varying degrees of difficulty and requires a harness, ropes and hiking boots 12:30 p.m. to 2:30p.m. Lunch at a local families house in the mountains with a traditional farmers meal. Horseback ride through the Vinales valley visiting several coffee farms, and tobacco plantations. Tobacco cultivation and preparation demonstration at a 4th generation family farm to understand the process that leads to the world famous Cuban Cigars Visit El Olivo agro-ecological farm producing 80% of their restaurants ingredients and award winning goat cheese 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Dinner at El Olivo restaurant for a farm to table mealread more

Day 4

7:30 a.m Breakfast of fruit and coffee fresh from the farm. 8:30 a.m Cross country Mountain Bike tour around Viñales with several panoramic views and some single track sections 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Visit a nearby reservoir and fish with a local fishermen on his boat and lunch on his farm 3:30 pm Canopy tour Ride back to Casa Particular for rest or light climbing Casual dinner in historic downtownread more

Day 5

Views from above

7:30 a.m Breakfast of fruit and coffee fresh from the farm. 8:30 a.m Climbing at new crag 12:30 p.m lunch at Crag Return to Casa Particular 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Hike up to Los Acuaticos, to camp at farmers house in the mountains. 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Farm-to-Table dinner with farmer, learn about the history of the region and understand farming practices. Enjoy the evening of chatting with the group over hand rolled cigars and locally produced Rum.read more

Day 6

Incredible sunrise from the mountains with view of entire Vinales Valley 7:30 a.m Breakfast of fruit and coffee fresh from the farm. 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Hike out of Los Acuaticos 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Route setting in farmland 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Barbecue and picnic at the Crag. 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Climbing on new routes 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Return to the city of Vinales, for a chance to rest at casa particular 8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Farewell dinner at casa particular with local team followed by gathering of climbers in city plaza for slackliningread more

Day 7

8:30 a.m Breakfast at Casa Particular 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch on route 3:00 p.m. Check into Casa Particular 4:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m. Walk around Old Havana with a Cuban architect, who provides insight into Cuban property ownership, restoration projects and exposure to intimate scenes of Cuban life and activities that enhance contact with Cuban people, and support Cuban 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. Drive around the greater Havana area with a private taxi in a classic car (Almendron) to see the different neighborhoods and learn about their history including Vedado, Miramar, Havana Forest & ending at La Fabrica de Arte Cubano (The largest private art and community space) for a farewell Dinner.read more

Day 8

Ride to Airport 3 hours before flight 9:00 a.m. Breakfast at the casa particular

Included

  • Lodging

    Double Occupancy in Casa Particular/ BnB 1 Night of Camping

  • Meals

    3 Meals daily

  • Transportation

    All internal transportation, airport pick up, taxis and classic cars

  • Equipment

    Basic Equipment is available. Personal climbing gear is suggested

Not Included

  • Flights

    Flights are not included

  • Visa

    Provided by airlines at departure

  • Tips

    Tips for local expert are not included and is typically 10-20% of price

Private Departures

Private departures, for just you and your friends or family

Flexible dates

  • 2 travelers$2250 per person
  • 3 travelers$2250 per person
  • 4 travelers$2000 per person
  • 5 travelers$2000 per person
  • 6 travelers$1800 per person
  • 8 travelers$1800 per person
Pricing depends on group size and host availability

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