Location of Adventure
Republic of Cuba, Caribbean
Group Size Limit
Approximately 14 Travelers
A very important feature of our Cuba People-to-People program is the limited group size, as meaningful cultural interactions and natural places are best experienced with smaller groups of travelers.
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Accommodations as described in the itinerary, a complimentary post-trip hotel night in Miami, meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on final day except for one dinner at leisure, purified drinking water, services of NHA Expedition Leader and local guides, mandatory medical evacuation insurance, Cuban visa, most gratuities, all permits, entrance fees and taxes.
Travel to and from start and end point of trip (Cienfuegos and Havana, Cuba), optional additional accommodations and services in Miami, alcoholic beverages, passport fees, optional activities, some gratuities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes, optional additional travel insurance.
This trip does not require a high degree of physical fitness, although guests must be capable of climbing at least 3 flights of stairs, often through narrow passageways, sometimes in low light and without railings. Travelers must also be able to walk unassisted for at least 1 mile over a variety of surfaces, including cobblestone streets, pavement, grassy terrain, dirt, rocks, roots and trails that can be rugged, uneven, slippery or muddy, sometimes at inclines. There will be a number of walks each day, ranging between 100 yards and 1 mile, with the opportunity to walk up to 2 miles for those who are interested. Travelers will sometimes be required to be on their feet for up to 3 hours at a time, and may have the opportunity to swim. Travelers must be able to walk unassisted for approximately 1 mile over uneven grass and dirt trails with some roots, rocks, steps and inclines in order to take part in the Topes de Collantes hike. Travelers must also be able to walk unassisted for a distance of one quarter mile up an incline of approximately 35°, plus descend approximately 100 steps without railings in order to reach the orchids at the Soroa Orchid Farm. In order to access the Cave of the Indians, travelers will need to be able to crouch down and walk for about 25 feet through a 3.5 foot tall, narrow rock crevice, over an uneven, rocky surface that may be slippery. Restrooms in the rural areas of Cuba are often extremely basic, sometimes lacking toilet seats and toilet paper, and sometimes without running water. Heat and humidity may be very high and roads may be bumpy. Travelers should be aware that in order to meet the requirements of this special People-to-People license, every member of the group must participate in all scheduled activities. Some hotels on this itinerary may be quite basic, as the standard of lodging options in rural Cuba is typically below what the typical North American traveler is accustomed to.
Important Information About This Trip
This program will offer a rare but valuable perspective into the daily lives of Cuba’s citizens. Participants should be aware that the infrastructure can be poorly developed, and occasional delays and amendments to the program can occur. In Havana, accommodations offer four-star elegance, while accommodations outside Havana are much more basic, but all are clean and comfortable. There will be some long days traveling in buses over bumpy roads. Please note that deviating from the group itinerary is not permitted at any time.
Please note: No activities are guaranteed – this itinerary should be considered a sample program only. The itinerary provided is meant as a guideline and is subject to change without notice, though changes would only include comparable activities and our focus will always be on people-to-people educational exchanges.
Mandatory medical and evacuation insurance is required by the Cuban government for U.S. citizens traveling to Cuba and is included in the cost of your flight from Miami to Cuba. This insurance provides $25,000 worth of medical coverage and $7,000 worth evacuation coverage. We recommend that you purchase additional insurance to supplement this included coverage. Please contact your Adventure Specialist for more information.
Getting There & Getting Home
Arrive in Miami, Florida by 6 pm on Day 1. Depart any time on the day after the final day of the trip. See details below.*
We can best serve you if our Natural Habitat Adventures Travel Desk makes your reservations, as we are intimately familiar with the special requirements of this program and can arrange the most efficient travel. Please call us at 1-800-543-8917. Note that while we offer you the best possible rates available to us on airfare and additional nights' accommodations, you may find special web rates or better fares online.
NHA will book your international flight from Miami to Cienfuegos, Cuba and the return from Havana to Miami. These flights are organized through a licensed charter company authorized to provide direct flights to Cuba. Please note that the cost of these flights is not included in your trip fee and will be assessed separately.
*On the return from Cuba, exact flight times cannot be confirmed until approximately 30 days out and are often subject to last-minute changes or lengthy delays. Sometimes flights arrive as early as 12:30 pm, sometimes as late as 8:00 pm, and allowing at least 4 hours between flights is strongly advised. To ensure that you are able to connect with flights home, plan to spend a final night in Miami after our return from Cuba and book your flights home for the following day. NHA has booked a complimentary post-trip hotel night at the Pullman Miami Airport Hotel for all travelers.