Discover East Cuba….
Cuba´s Authentic East
Our 8 day tour takes you to the most beautiful side of the island. You will visit the Eastern town of Baracoa, the unofficial capital of Santiago de Cuba and the dense forests of the Sierra Maestra mountain range.
- 8 days, 1-15 participants
- Accommodation and tour guide included
- Guaranteed Start dates
This 8 day Group Tour will take you out to discover Eastern Cuba where you’ll get to know another side to the island, a side which simply cannot be seen in the capital. Follow in the footsteps of Columbus who first landed on the eastern side of the island and was immediately impressed by its natural beauty. Discover the island for yourself, strolling through the alleys in Santiago de Cuba and Bayamo and admiring the majestic waterfall in the Sierra Maestra forests. This tour is perfect if you are looking to extend your stay in Cuba by polishing it off relaxing on the beaches around Guardalavaca.
Highlights of Cuba’s Authentic East
If you are looking to explore Eastern Cuba, our first stop on this tour, Baracoa is not to be missed. Picturesque Baracoa is Cuba’s oldest Spanish settlement and lies almost at the most eastern point of the island. The town was founded by Diego Velázquez in 1511 and supposedly marks the exact place where Columbus first touched Cuban land after his epic voyage. Encased by the tropical landscape of the Sierra del Purial mountain range, the town is certainly a must for anyone wanting to discover Cuba in all its glory. The flat top mountain of El Yunque (which you will have the opportunity to climb on this tour) is located just outside of the town. Nestled in rich vegetation, at a height of 575m, this mountain was once a sacred place to the local Taíno Indians. A stroll through the historic old town, with its distinct French architectural influence, is also not to be missed.
Sierra Maestra mountain range
Experiencing East Cuba means more than just visiting the most renowned towns and cities; Eastern Cuba is also famous for its wild Sierra Maestra mountain range, the command centre from where Fidel Castro co-ordinated his Revolution. Once a rough mountain and home to just a few farmers, this mountain range offered a perfect spot for guerrilla warfare. Today, the revolutionaries’ headquarters can be visited, including the Comandancia del Tercer Frente where Juan Almeida Bosque fought during his time as the Commander of the Third Front Revolution. To express his gratitude for the locals’ support during the Revolution, Fidel Castro invested in the medical and educational infrastructure of the area after his victory. Today, a walk through the spectacular scenery will take you past waterfalls, an impressive flora and fauna and offers the chance to get to know the locals. Discovering the Sierra Maestra Mountains in all their wild glory is a true highlight to our Cuba’s Authentic East Tour.
Santiago de Cuba
If you are interested in Cuba’s origins, Santiago de Cuba is just the place to be. In comparison to Havana, the city has never been Americanised and maintains its tropical and Caribbean charm. Caribbean music has strong roots here, for example the local “Son” music which brought the band “Buena Vista Social Club” to fame. Santiago de Cuba also has a rich cultural heritage; opposite the impressive cathedral on “Parque Céspedes”, located in the heart of the old town, you will find the town hall where Fidel Castro appeared on the balcony to announce the Revolution’s triumph to the thousands of cheering people on 1 January 1959. Our Authentic East Cuba Tour gives you the chance to truly discover this charming city and its history, as well as bask in the stunning views of both the Sierra Maestra Mountains and the Caribbean Sea.