"Step by Step Cuba" Walking Holiday
- 10 Days
- Participantsl: 1-15
- Guaranteed departure tour
This 10-day tour from our Cuba Walking Holidays range will take you from Havana to the Sierra del Escambray, stopping off at Santa Clara along the way where the remains of the Cuban national hero Che Guevara lie. These precious remains were discovered in Bolivia and returned to Cuba in 1997 and form an important part of this tour. From the shimmering lake, Hanabanilla we will continue trekking to Parque Codina. After admiring this park, your journey will continue by boat towards Cayo Maco Afuera, from here you will hike to the famous colonial city of Trinidad. This fascinating city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 and offers plenty of historical education through its many museums, statues, plazas as well as the famous mansion houses of the former plantation owners. Walking holidays in Cuba are a unique experience which allow you to experience both the natural beauty and intriguing history of this unforgettable island.
Highlights of Trekking in Cuba
Che Guevara Mausoleum
Our Cuba Walking holidays are not all about the nature of the land, they also focus on the history of the country. A main highlight of the tour is the Mausoleum of Ernesto Che Guevara, whose exhumed remains were buried in 1997 in the city of Santa Clara after being returned to the country from Bolivia. One of the the main actions igniting the Cuban Revolution of 1959 took place in Santa Clara when a train full of troops and supplies sent by Batista was attacked and captured under Che Guevara’s command. The city of Santa Clara was therefore taken under siege allowing for a clear pathway to the capital for the revolutionaries. Che Guevara’s remains, which were discovered after a long time in Bolivia, were brought back to Cuba and now rest in the city's Mausoleum. Che Guevara's Mausoleum, which also contains a small museum with the original belongings of Che, is one of the most-visited historical sites in Cuba.
Salto de Caburni in Topes de Collantes
Our walking holidays in Cuba are packed with spectacular scenery and during this particular tour we will be hiking the trail “Sendero de Caburni”, which is considered to be one of the top attractions of its region. This nature trail is about 4 km long and is situated in “Parque Natural Topes de Collantes”. The first part of this extraordinary trail will lead you downhill through coffee plantations and the dense green of the forest. You will see all sorts of exotic animals along the way, you might even be able to spot Cuba's national bird, the Tocororo. When you arrive at the lowest point of the trail, you will be rewarded with the spectacular view of the 75m waterfall, “Salto de Caburni”, one of the highest waterfalls in Cuba. You can bathe at the foot of the waterfall, enjoying its natural pool and refresh your body and mind for further trekking. Afterwards, you will head back on the steep uphill return-trail before arriving at the starting point where you can have a nice cool fruit juice at the bar El Gallo.
Valle de los Ingenios
On the ninth day of your walking holidays in Cuba you will hike through the Valley of the Sugar Mills (Valle de los Ingenios in Spanish), which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the 1980's. This valley lies not far from Trinidad and is covered with sugar cane fields, where thousands of slaves once worked making sugar barons wealthy. The highlight of this part of the tour is the “Torre de Iznaga”, a mighty watch tower, erected in 1816 by the Iznaga family to keep a watch out on the slaves and to suppress rebellions. This seven-storey tower is 50 meters high and has become a symbol of this legendary region. On our Cuba walking holidays you will have the opportunity to climb up the tower and enjoy the spectacular view of the “Valle de los Ingenios".