Location of Adventure
Republic of Cuba, Caribbean
Group Size Limit
Approximately 14 Travelers
A very important feature of our Cuba program is the limited group size, as meaningful cultural interactions and natural places are best experienced with smaller groups of travelers.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
All activities, accommodations and land transportation as described in the itinerary, meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on final day except for one dinner at leisure, drinking water throughout the trip, services of NHA Expedition Leader and local guides, snorkeling gear, mandatory medical evacuation insurance, Cuban visa, most gratuities, all permits, entrance fees and taxes.
Round-trip transportation to and from your home city to the start and end point of the trip, round-trip flights from Florida to Cuba (to be added to your invoice upon booking), optional additional accommodations and services in Florida, 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 three 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 one 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 one mile, with the opportunity to walk up to two miles for those who are interested. Travelers will sometimes be required to be on their feet for up to three hours at a time, and may have the opportunity to swim. Travelers must be able to walk unassisted for approximately one 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. 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 license to travel in support of the Cuban people, 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.
Also, the majority of hotels in Cuba are owned and managed by the government and work on a system of “allotments”, which cannot be guaranteed in advance, but are assigned just prior to each group’s arrival. Therefore, in some cases, we cannot confirm exact hotels in advance, but in each region, the options are comparable and are located in close proximity.
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 educational exchanges that offer support for the Cuban people.
Since the areas we travel to are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require that all guests have medical evacuation insurance for this program. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat Adventures (NHA), we require that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We recommend that your chosen independent insurance plan includes at least $250,000 in medical evacuation coverage. Please note that we will add the cost of NHA's medical evacuation policy (currently $48 per person) to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, phone number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests' safety.
To protect your investment and to provide peace of mind while you travel, we also strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance. Plans may cover everything from medical treatment to trip cancellations and delays and lost luggage. Please contact our office if you would like more information about the medical evacuation and comprehensive travel insurance policies we offer by calling 800-543-8917.
Getting There & Getting Home
As of time of publication, you will fly into Fort Lauderdale, FL to meet the group. You will return home from Havana through Miami, FL. We recommend a buffer of at minimum three hours on each end of these flights in case of any delays. Please note that these scheduled flights are subject to change times and possibly also departure cities, so we recommend booking your domestic flights around 90 days from departure.
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 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 flights to and from Cuba via Florida. Please note that the cost of these flights is not included in your trip fee and will be added to your invoice upon booking.