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Cuba

A blend of Latin American and Caribbean influences, Cuba is a world of its own. Slowly opening to visitors, stylish boutique hotels, funky bars and innovative restaurants are popping up across the country.

Visit its heady capital Havana for vintage cars, dilapidated mansions and the sounds of salsa drifting through the streets. To the east, is the heart of Cuba’s tobacco region, Viñales, a land of fertile plantations, orchid gardens and hidden waterfalls.

Head either north or south for pristine Caribbean beaches. To the west, surrounded by plump green hills, colonial Trinidad has pastel-hued facades and cobblestone streets.   

Cuba’s second city, Santiago, is the country’s cultural capital, its identity rooted in Afro Caribbean influences. Long nights of dancing salsa out on the street are part of the routine.

For those with a shorter time frame we recommend exploring the west, or travelling to the lesser visited east for a longer trip. Still reminiscent of the 1950s, Cuba’s appeal lies in its lack of modernity, at least for now, it is for those looking for an experience as opposed to high levels of service or comfort.

Locations

  • Santiago de Cuba - Cathedral
    Santiago de Cuba
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  • Havana, Cuba - El Capitolio
    Havana
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  • Vinales Valley, Cuba - Limestone Mogotes
    Viñales
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  • Trinidad, Cuba - Bananas & Bicycles
    Trinidad
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  • Cuba Beach - Music Band
    Cuba's Beaches
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Best time to travel

November – May

Flight time

from London: 9 hours 45 minutes

Combines Well With

Mexico

Read

Ernest Hemingway – The Old Man and the Sea

Listen

Eliades Ochoa

Eat & Drink

Ropa Vieja / Mojitos

What people say

  • We were delighted with the trip we have just completed to Brazil and Argentina. We walked down Copacabana beach, watched a tapir swim past our canoe in the Pantanal, were submerged in the Iguazu falls, conquered desert and vineyards in northwest Argentina, experienced a snowstorm in the Andes, fed Cayman off horseback and enjoyed a tango show in probably the finest city in South America. A truly memorable experience: we have no hesitation in recommending Plan South America.
  • I cannot tell you what an amazing time we are having...how did you manage it?!
  • We were delighted with the trip we have just completed to Brazil and Argentina. We walked down Copacabana beach, watched a tapir swim past our canoe in the Pantanal, were submerged in the Iguazu falls, conquered desert and vineyards in northwest Argentina, experienced a snowstorm in the Andes, fed Cayman off horseback and enjoyed a tango show in probably the finest city in South America. A truly memorable experience: we have no hesitation in recommending Plan South America.

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