HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEST

Indication Rate: $1670

16 days/15 nights

Here’s our take on an interesting itinerary by camper during a 2-week tour, just to give you some inspiration. From the tobacco countryside of Pinar del Rio and the gorgeous natural area of Soroa, to the wilderness of the Zapata peninsula and the colonial charm of Trinidad, to finally set camp at a green oasis at the white beaches of Varadero.

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN HAVANA
  • Meet and greet at Havana international airport on arrival day
  • Private transfer to Havana City
  • Overnight Havana, in a casa particular or hotel of your choice in the historic centre
DAY 2: EXPLORE HAVANA
  • Wander through the colorful, century old streets of Havana, that resemble a movie décor. 
  • Enjoy the fascinating sites and acclimatize to the tropical Caribbean temperatures and pace.
  • In Havana, there are many options to choose from. You can explore the city on your own, or opt for one of the interesting excursions and activities we offer. 
  • Why not book an extra night in Havana? Our itineraries are completely flexible!
DAY 3: CUBA ON THE ROAD!
  • Your Cuba on the Road-adventure starts by picking up the campervan in Havana. The pick-up point is at an assigned parking zone at the Bello Caribe Hotel in Havana, approx. 10 kms from the city centre, easily reachable by taxi (approx. CUC/USD 20).
  • A campervan representative awaits you. You receive instructions and detailed information (including a handbook), sign the rental-contract and cover the guarantee deposit payment (CUC/USD 500).
  • Then it’s: freedom to go wherever you want! There are around 20 parking areas where you can station and have access to water and electricity supplies (subject to availability). The parkingareas are located in: Maria La Gorda, Cabo San Antonio, Viñales Valley, Soroa, Las Terrazas, Marina Hemingway (Havana), Jibacoa, Varadero, Playa Larga (Zapata Peninsula), Cienfuegos, Guajimico, Trinidad, Topes de Collantes, Santa Clara, Cayo Santa Maria and Cayo Coco. In the ‘Camper in Cuba’ handbook is a description of each of the parking area locations, its facilities and tips for trips in the area.

Here’s our take on an interesting itinerary by camper during a 2-week tour, just to give you some inspiration. But remember: you are completely free to go your own way!

  • Havana – Vinales Valley (approx. 180 km/110 miles)
  • On day 1 of the Cuba on the Road, head from the historical splendour of Havana to the verdant countryside of Pinar del Rio province, home to the world’s best tobacco-growing terrain. Take the Autopista A-4; this main motorway takes you straight from Havana into Pinar del Rio province, giving you a perfect opportunity to get used to driving in a camper in Cuba. Take it easy and enjoy the sights on the way.
DAY 4: VINALES VALLEY, THE CUBAN COUNTRYSIDE

There are 2 different parking areas to choose from in the beautiful Viñales Valley, one of the most beloved nature destinations in Cuba.

  • Grounds at Hotel La Ermita - located at one of the highest points of the colourful town of Viñales, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1999. The views from La Ermita are incredible; watching the sunset can be one of the most beautiful in Cuba. You can make use of the facilities of  the hotel such as the restaurants and a swimming pool.
  • Grounds at Hoyo de Mena – this is a rustic option, where you can park at the grounds of the house of a tobacco planter. In the adjacent tobacco drying house (secadero), you can see the cigar manufacturing process.
DAY 5 & 6: SOROA, WATERFALLS AND ORCHIDS
  • Soroa is affectionately known as the ‘rainbow of Cuba’. Rolling mountains adorned with tall trees, splashing waterfalls and exotic flora lure nature enthusiast to this gorgeous natural area.
  • We recommend to stay 2 nights in Soroa to optimally enjoy its treasures. You can go for hikes or explore the area on horseback.
  • The parking area is at Hotel Villa Soroa, located near the beautiful waterfalls of Soroa, and the largest orchid garden in Cuba. Villa Soroa offers a variety of activities, such as guided horseback riding and hiking to the ruins of nineteenth-century French coffee plantations. Due to its location it is a place of excellence for bird watchers and nature lovers.
DAY 7: ZAPATA PENINSULA, CUBA'S WILDERNESS AREA

The Zapata Peninsula lies on the south coast of Cuba. It is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. The ‘Cienaga de Zapata’ National Park protects Cuba’s most important wetlands. The area, a biological mirror of the Everglades in Florida, includes swamp forests and mangrove thickets that harbor hundreds of species of flora and bird species. Birdwatchers from near and far come to explore the excellent trails here. Other inhabitants are reptiles, including crocodiles, and native mammals, such as the pygmy jutia. Travelers also come to the Zapata peninsula for the colourful underwater world. Along the coast are beautiful snorkel sites and excellent diving opportunities. You can also take a dip in a cenote: the 70 meter deep Cueva de los Peces is the most spectacular, a challenge for cave divers.

DAY 8: PLAYA LARGA, ZAPATA PENINSULA
  • You set up camp at the Hotel Playa Larga; its parking areais located directly at sea, with privileged access to the beach. You can rent catamarans, water bicycles and kayaks.
  • Playa Larga is the most important base on the Zapata Peninsuala. It is a pleasant coastal town, located on the 'Bay of Pigs'. This 'Bahia de Cochinos' became world famous for the US-backed secret operation that took place here on April 17, 1961. There is a museum dedicated to that (failed) invasion in nearby Playa Giron. 
DAY 9 & 10: TRINIDAD, A MOST ROMANTIC TOWN

UNESCO World Heritage Site Trinidad was founded in 1514 and is Cuba's best preserved colonial city, and arguably its most beautiful too. The picture-perfect town is relatively unchanged from Spanish colonial times, complete with horse-drawn carriages that clatter down its cobbled stone streets. The colonial center is compact, making it easy to explore on foot.

There are 2 parking areas to choose from in the Trinidad area.

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  • Grounds at Hotel Las Cuevas - located at 500 meters from the historical city centre of Trinidad, on th top of a hill. From this ‘natural balcony of Trinidad’, you can admire the entire city and its surroundings such as the Ancon peninsula and the Escambray mountains.
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  • Grounds at Hotel Costa Sur – located on the Ancon peninsula, at the Caribbean Sea, right on the beach of María Aguilar. Trinidad City Centre is approx. 15 minutes driving distance, easily reachable by taxi (approx. CUC/USD 10).
DAY 11 & 12: SANTA CLARA, THE REVOLUTIONARY CITY

The city of Santa Clara is synonymous with Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara and the Cuban Revolution. In December 1958, Che Guevara led the attack on an armoured train in Santa Clara, that belonged to the army of General Fulgencio Batista. This action marked the end of the dictatorial regime of Batista and was a turning point in favour of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution. The main attraction of Santa Clara and a place of pilgrimage for many, is the Monument to Ernesto Che Guevara. Built 20 years after his death, the impressive mausoleum houses the remains of Guevara and those of the 16 combatants who died with him in Bolivia in 1967.

  • The camper can be parked at the charming Hotel Villa La Granjita, located near the main attractions of Santa Clara. The location allows to enjoy the beauty of the nature that surrounds Santa Clara city. From here you can do horseback riding excursions, enjoy the pool and the entertainment activities during the day and night.
DAY 13 & 14: VARADERO, ENDLESS WHITE SAND BEACHES

Varadero is Cuba’s number one beach destination and one of the most famous beaches in the Caribbean. Varadero beach boasts more than 20 kilometres of fine white sands and an array of resorts and water sports facilities.

  • You settle in the lovely Josone Park, a green oasis on the Varadero peninsula. It is an ideal place to relax and enjoy the landscape of tropical vegetation. Here you can find four restaurants, bars, a lake and different activities. The Josone Park is only meters away from the beautiful beach of Varadero, one of the best in Cuba.
  • In this example itinerary, we suggest 2 nights Varadero. But why not stay longer? When booking a camper, you make a camper-reservation for an X-amount of days, without any itinerary; the programming is completely up to you!
DAY 15: VARADERO – HAVANA
  • Return to Havana, where you drop the camper at the Bello Caribe Hotel.
  • Overnight in Havana.
DAY 16: HOMEBOUND
  • Private transfer from your hotel in Havana City to Havana International Airport.

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Our agency is legally established as a foreign enterprise in Cuba, allowing us to have direct contracts with the main incoming tour-operators and DMC's on the island e.g. Havanatur, Cubanacan and Ecotur. We also have contracts with the major hotel chains in Cuba, e.g. Melia (34 hotels), Iberostar (19 hotels), Blue Diamond (13 hotels) and ROC (3 hotels).
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