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Cuba People-to-People Walking Tour New!

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  • Legally travel to Cuba on this special People-to-People Walking Trip with Backroads—the leading US company offering active walking trips in Cuba!
  • Explore Matanzas on foot, discovering caves and white-sand beaches, and meeting farmers and some of Cuba's famous artisans
  • Enjoy performances by musicians, dancers and other artists and learn about Cuban private enterprise from budding entrepreneurs
  • Hike in Las Terrazas Biosphere park with a naturalist and visit community art projects
  • Be enchanted by the vibrant history, beautiful architecture and seductive vibe of Havana

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From the Rural Provinces to Historic Havana

Some places are worth the wait. On this special Walking Trip, learn firsthand about the enigmatic island-nation of Cuba as you enjoy a full week of meaningful interactions while exploring alongside the locals. Soak up culture and history. Experience music and dance. And savor every imaginable occasion to interact and connect with the Cuban people.

Straight Talk We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception. Read the Straight Talk

Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception. In order to adhere to the US government requirements for travel to Cuba, this trip does not allow for the degree of flexibility we build into all of our other itineraries; as a guest, you will have a full schedule of enriching people-to-people educational exchange activities.

Educational Travel

The educational exchanges on this trip allow for as much walking and hiking as possible. However, the overall level of physical activity is less than on other Backroads Walking Trips.

Itinerary Changes

When traveling abroad, things don’t always go according to plan and, particularly in Cuba, itinerary changes or shifts mid-trip are quite common. Rest assured, if we encounter changes to our planned activities, your leaders will find alternate activities that you're sure to enjoy. Expect the unexpected in this region; it’s all part of the adventure!

Accommodations & Meals

As "luxury" accommodations in Cuba can generally be characterized as large all-inclusive, resort-style hotels, our accommodations on this trip are not typical of the Backroads experience. While the hotels are the best available and offer numerous amenities, even the nicest properties in Cuba do not come close to equaling the accommodations on other Backroads trips.Please note that although meals are fresh and tasty, the variety will be limited, with many of the same ingredients featured (such as poultry, pork, beans and rice).

Shuttle Time

Our busy yet compelling schedule involves a substantial amount of time spent in the shuttle to add variety of scenery and regional depth.

Straight Talk
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

In order to adhere to the US government requirements for travel to Cuba, this trip does not allow for the degree of flexibility we build into all of our other itineraries; as a guest, you will have a full schedule of enriching people-to-people educational exchange activities.

Educational Travel

The educational exchanges on this trip allow for as much walking and hiking as possible. However, the overall level of physical activity is less than on other Backroads Walking Trips.

Itinerary Changes

When traveling abroad, things don’t always go according to plan and, particularly in Cuba, itinerary changes or shifts mid-trip are quite common. Rest assured, if we encounter changes to our planned activities, your leaders will find alternate activities that you're sure to enjoy. Expect the unexpected in this region; it’s all part of the adventure!

Accommodations & Meals

As "luxury" accommodations in Cuba can generally be characterized as large all-inclusive, resort-style hotels, our accommodations on this trip are not typical of the Backroads experience. While the hotels are the best available and offer numerous amenities, even the nicest properties in Cuba do not come close to equaling the accommodations on other Backroads trips.Please note that although meals are fresh and tasty, the variety will be limited, with many of the same ingredients featured (such as poultry, pork, beans and rice).

Shuttle Time

Our busy yet compelling schedule involves a substantial amount of time spent in the shuttle to add variety of scenery and regional depth.

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Explore the historical city of Matanzas on foot taking in splendid colonial architecture and enjoying exchanges with artists, poets and historians  Gain insight into Cuba's organic farming movement at a pioneering organopónico, or cooperative urban garden After some instruction from expert dancers, try a few steps of danzón and salsa.

Day 3 Hike the caverns and impressive limestone formations of the ancient Santa Catalina Caves Our expert speleologist guide shares with us not only the geologic story of this natural wonder, but also the region’s human history Trace the deep roots of Cuban baseball to the nation's first stadium and perhaps meet a few up-and-coming local players.

Days 4-5 Venture from the provinces to Havana  Meet talented youngsters who enjoy an arts-focused education at an escuela de arte A midday farm-to-table meal awaits at the property of a rural project that mixes art and nature with organic farming In La Habana, join an award-winning journalist who has lived in Cuba for over 20 years for an informative Q&A session  Explore vibrant Habana Vieja (Old Havana) on foot with an expert from the city planning office and witness firsthand the restoration efforts underway to preserve countless architectural gems in Havana's historic district Homemade meals at family-run paladares (privately owned restaurants) are accompanied by insightful conversation about Cuba's private enterprise, an emerging sector of the economy.

Day 6 Hike in the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve, keeping eyes peeled for the shy tocororo, Cuba's colorful national bird  Learn about Cuba's coffee industry at Cafetal Buenavista, a restored French coffee plantation   Within the reserve, entrepreneurs and artists welcome us to the sustainable eco-village of Las Terrazas.

Days 7-8 Engage with musicians and artists of all ages Peruse the stalls of a neighborhood market for a close-up look at the local food economy Speak with doctors at a policlinic to learn more about Cuba's health care system A unique cultural exchange awaits at Papito's Arte Corte, a community project that seeks to preserve the history of hairdressing in Cuba A performance by the talented young Habana Compás dance group ends our unforgettable week in Cuba with a special flourish.

Casual Inns

Meliá Habana
Meliá Habana

Havana (4 nights) With modern amenities and sweeping views. (pool, tennis)

Meliá Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa
Meliá Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa

Varadero (3 nights) An all-inclusive resort offering a multitude of amenities and a waterfront location. (pool, spa, tennis)

Guest Reviews About This Trip

Backroads did an amazing job developing an itinerary that encompassed so many aspects of Cuban culture. I absolutely love my Backroads trips. The locations are exciting, evocative of the culture, and the leaders are superb.
Susan Miller- Pleasanton, CA
My husband and I absolutely thought our trip to Cuba through Backroads was fantastic, educational, informative and enlightening. We cannot say enough positive things about Backroads as well as our trip.
Mary Ann Beckley- Upperco, MD
Visiting Cuba with Backroads far exceeded my expectations! I was so touched by my experiences and had so much fun learning from and communing with the people. I think your company does an excellent job making wonderful memories for people.
Terri Shubin- Laguna Beach, CA

Trip Dates & Prices

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This Trip Is Rated Level 1

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 2 200
Urban Agriculture at Organopónico de Alamar (1.5 Hours)
2 2 500 5 500
Orquesta Típica Danzón Miguel Failde at Ermita Monserrate (1 Hour)
Visit to Ediciones Vigía & Walking Tour of Matanzas (2 Hours)
3 2 400 5 600
Underground Cave Tour (3 Hours)
Cuban Baseball Training (1 Hour)
4 2 100
Art School Visit & Performance (2 Hours)
Finca Coincidencia Community Project & Ceramic Studio Visit (1.5 Hours)
5 2 100
Historical City Walking Tour & Q&A (3 Hours)
Cooking Demonstration (0.5 Hours)
Cuban Economics Q&A (1 Hour)
Fuster Community Project Visit & Dinner (2 Hours)
6 4 300 5 500
El Cafetal Coffee Farm Tour & Las Terrazas Hike (3 Hours)
Las Terrazas Community Interactions with Artists (1.5 Hours)
7 3 100
Neighborhood Market Visit (0.5 Hours)
Policlinic Health Care Center Visit (1.5 Hours)
Arte Corte Educational Exchange (1.5 Hours)
Habana Compás Dance Performance (1 Hour)
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Most of our activities involve easy to moderate walking distances on dirt hiking trails and city streets with uneven surfaces (cobblestone, etc.). On two days, our activities include moderate hiking on rocky (and potentially muddy) trails. To fully enjoy this trip, you should be comfortable walking several hours daily.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick any open date for your group of 8 or more except for trips departing during the last two weeks of December, where a 16 guest minimum is required. Call us for date availability.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2016

8 - 9 guests from $6,298 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $5,498 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $5,798 pp dbl. occ.
Internal flights from $550.

For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.

For 36 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Cuba tour experts. See our award-winning Latin America walking tours and hiking tours, Latin America biking tours and Latin America multisport tours.

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All meals included except 1 dinner

Backroads is licensed by the United States Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control to engage, organize and conduct authorized people-to-people travel to Cuba that engages participants in meaningful interactions with individuals in Cuba.

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