Vintage cars, colonial towns, coffee plantations and tropical sun. All set to an infectious rumba beat. Savor the culture and romance of Cuba on unforgettable hikes and remarkable bike rides, side by side with the locals. Think you can do this with anyone else? No one does multisport like Backroads. And as the very first US active travel company to offer multisport trips in Cuba, no one does it better.
1-2 Enjoy a special performance of danzón, the native Cuban dance, at Ermita de Monserrate, a hilltop chapel with wonderful acoustics and views Trace the deep roots of Cuban baseball to the nation's first stadium and perhaps meet a few players Uncover architectural treasures in Matanzas, the "Athens of Cuba" Hike through a subterranean wonderland of limestone formations with an expert speleologist Try your hand at preparing a typical Cuban farmer's meal with a family at a community project Engage with young artists at an escuela de arte (school of the arts) Follow the lead of expert dancers and learn to salsa.
3-4 Bike through the quaint villages and farmland dotting the province of Matanzas Join an award-winning journalist who has lived in Cuba for over 20 years for an informative Q&A session Enjoy a delicious farm‐to‐table meal at a family‐owned organic farm Visit a ceramics workshop, run by a group of agronomists and artists Take in Varadero's spectacular coastline and white-sand beaches Discover the famed Malecón, Hotel Nacional and other iconic sites of Havana.
5-6 Explore vibrant Habana Vieja and witness the city's preservation efforts firsthand Local entrepreneurs and paladar owners share their passions and stories of how they launched their businesses Meander through lively plazas and side streets including Callejón de los Peluqueros, home of a community project centered around one of Cuba's most famous hairdressing salons A performance by the talented young Habana Compás dance group adds a special flourish to our unforgettable week in Cuba.