The Perfect Trip for Hikers…
Cuba Paso a Paso
Trek through Cuba! On this 15 day Trekking Holiday you will walk through the fascinating landscape of the beautiful Caribbean island of Cuba. You will discover the Hanabanilla Lake and El Rocio Waterfall.
- 15 days, 1-15 participants
- Accommodation and tour guide included
- Guaranteed commencement
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The 10 day (15 days from November 2014) Trekking Holiday “Cuba Paso a Paso” takes you from Havana to Sierra del Escambray, stopping off on the way in Santa Clara, where the remains of the Cuban national hero Che Guevara have lain since 1997 after being found in Bolivia. You will then continue on, passing the Hanabanilla Lake and Parque Codina. The next step on the adventure is a boat trip to Cayo Macho de Afuera, before we resume our journey on foot to Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988. It is a truly unique experience that brings you up-close and personal with Cuba’s fascinating natural environment.
Highlights of the Cuba Paso a Paso hiking tour:
Salto del Caburni Waterfall in Topes de Collantes
Keen hikers have the opportunity on our Cuba Paso a Paso Trekking Holiday to climb the Sendero del Caburni trail - a real highlight of this region! It is situated in the Topes de Collantes National Park and consists of a 4 kilometre trail, which begins snaking through coffee plantations and deep green woods, where you will hopefully catch a glimpse of beautiful creatures such as Cuba’s national bird, the Tocororo. You will then meet the 75-metre-high Salto del Caburni Waterfall, with its invitingly cool bathing pools. The trail then begins its sharp ascent through the mountains. Waiting for you at the starting point, with plenty of cooling fresh fruit juices on the menu, is “El Gallo” bar; take a moment to refuel there, before continuing on to see what other exciting trails are in store!
Che Guevara Mausoleum
While you are spoilt for choice when it comes to hiking, it is important not to forget that the country also has a rich history to explore! A definite highlight of the Cuba Paso a Paso Trekking Holiday is the Mausoleum of Ernesto “Che” Guevara, where the Argentine’s remains have lain since 1997. Santa Clara is remembered as the place where Che Guevara accomplished one of his greatest feats during the Cuban Revolution in the 1950s. Under his charge, the rebel army was able to stop and capture an armoured train carrying weapons to General Batista, and in so doing capture the town of Santa Clara. This paved the way for the rebels to take Havana and ultimately beat Batista. For many years after Che Guevara’s death in Bolivia, his remains were thought to be lost, but in 1997 he was brought back to Cuba and laid to rest in a specially commissioned mausoleum in the city of his greatest triumph. Alongside the mausoleum is a small museum containing many of Guevara’s possessions, and together, the two form the most visited attraction in Cuba.
Valle de los Ingenios
On the ninth day of our trek, you will visit the Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills), which is not far from Trinidad and was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the 1980s. Sugar cane fields sprawl across this picturesque valley, where in days gone by slaves used to toil to line the sugar barons’ pockets. The highlight is a visit to the Torre de Iznaga, an impressive watchtower standing proud in the centre of the valley, from which the many workers could be watched over to ensure that any potential slave rebellions could be quickly contained. The tower was built in 1816 by the Iznaga family; and with its seven floors stands at a striking 50 metres high. Today it stands as a memorial to the slaves. On our tour you will get the chance to climb the tower and enjoy the remarkable views of the valley.