"Cuba on the Move" Self-Drive Holiday
Mobile in Cuba
Explore the Central and Western parts of the island on this one-week Cuba self-drive holiday. Drive past the lush valleys of Valle Vinales where the world-famous Cuban tobacco grows, continue on through the wonderfully diverse landscape of Central Cuba, where you can visit the historical towns of Cienfuegos and Santa Clara. Enjoy the independence and intimacy with Cuban culture and way of life that only a self-drive holiday offers.
The Viñales Valley is one of Cuba’s greatest natural attractions and is home to the rich, fertile soil needed to grow the legendary tobacco referred to as the 'brown gold' of Cuba. The Viñales Valley is encircled by green, densely forested mountains, the many shades of green that make up its landscape are interspersed with magnificent karst rock formations know as mogotes; with tobacco plants interspersing these dramatic structures the landscape is like no other region of Cuba. This is a great chance to stretch you legs during your Cuba self-drive tour by taking a walk amongst the unique natural environment and visiting one of the numerous local tobacco factories - which provide a fascinating insight into the cigar industry. Nearby, you can visit the Cueva del Indio, a cave located inside a huge rock that hosts a fantastic maze of stalactites and stalagmites.
During your self-drive holiday in Cuba, you can stop off and relax on the beautiful beaches of the Ancon peninsula. Here you can bathe in the crystal-clear waters, snorkel or dive around the colourful coral reefs, or simply lay on the beach in the shade of the swaying palm trees. Those who feel like going out in the city in the evening can drive a mere 10 minutes to the neighbouring city of Trinidad, where you can swing your hips to the rhythms of live Cuban music in the famed "Casa de la Musica" or "Casa de la Trova".
Che Guevara Mausoleum in Santa Clara
An historically important part of the Cuba self drive tour will be the opportunity to visit the Che Guevara Mausoleum in Santa Clara, an important historical site that commemorates one of the most important figures in the country's history. Che Guevara's most famed action in the Cuban Revolution of 1959 took place in Santa Clara, which saw him derail and capture Batista's military supply train. Santa Clara was chosen as the location of the Mausoleum in remembrance of this particular event, and Guevara was laid to rest there with full military honors in 1997 after his exhumed remains were discovered in Bolivia and returned to Cuba. Next to the Mausoleum there is a smaller museum, where the original belongings of Che can be seen; it is one of the most thoughtful and quiet yet immensely moving places in the country.