The Cuban countryside is truly in a category unto itself – a plethora of natural beauty that is largely untouched by development. The journey begins in Havana where we’ll witness a country on the verge change. Explore the city’s most famous squares and sample some its best restaurants. Head west to Las Terrazas, one of Cuba’s first eco-villages and coffee plantations and the Viñales Valley, where relaxed village life meets dramatic mountain landscapes. We’ll even have the chance to spend time on a tropical Cuban beach that boasts stunning white sand and warm turquoise waters.
Along the way, meet with fascinating people who have a role in protecting Cuba’s fragile resources. Whether it’s a tobacco farmer who has spent his life in Viñales or having lunch with a local conservationist that created a small-scale organic farm in one of Cuba’s most beautiful corners, this will be glimpse into a wholly unique side of Cuba.
Legal, Immersive Travel to Cuba
Discover Corps offers a legal way to travel to the island of Cuba. We operate under the Support for the Cuba People license which ensures that you are traveling with an itinerary that will help support Cuban micro-entrepreneurs. Visit our Cuba FAQs page for more information.
Cuba is a world unto itself when it comes to conservation. Despite being so close to the U.S., Cuba has remained largely isolated from the primary sources of pollution – pesticides, agricultural runoff, & large scale development. Coupled with government conservation efforts, Cuba has been dubbed “the accidental Eden.”
Coupled with tropical offshore islands with some of the most well-preserved reefs in the region, we’ll have a the chance to see a place stuck in time. To achieve our purpose and support the west coast communities of Cuba, we’ll explore the farms, beaches, and landscapes of this region and meet the people who work to preserve it.
Where You’ll Stay
During your trip, you’ll have the unique opportunity to stay in casas particulares, which literally translates as “private homes”. Casas are essentially family-run bed & breakfasts (think AirBnB’s with private breakfast in the morning). Families invest in making sure their houses are up to international quality standards, and they greet you with Cuban hospitality – but also give you the privacy and comfort you desire.
While houses vary in style from eclectic to classical, they all provide a comfortable glimpse into Cuban life. Our portfolio of casas particulares are hand selected with prime locations that will put you right in heart of the action and have private bathrooms, air conditioning & a fresh breakfast each morning.
Arrive in Havana and hit the road to the nature reserve of Las Terrazas. Here, we’ll settle into the slow pace of living in the Cuban countryside and visit a coffee plantation. Continue to the gorgeous Viñales Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. marvel at the gorgeous mogotes, the towering limestone and marble hills that surround you.
Ride a boat down a river that winds through caves, relax on the sandy beaches of Playa de Cayo Jutias, and visit a stunning waterfall that lies in the middle of an eco-community. End the journey exploring Havana. Like taking a step back in time, watch as vintage cars rumble along the malecon – Havana’s famous seaside boardwalk. Stroll through the quaint squares of Old Havana and sample some of the city’s delicious Latin cuisine.
Optional post-trip extensions
Discover Corps’ post-trip extensions allow you to extend your experience beyond the core itinerary and explore unique corners of the destination.
Dates and Prices
Our trips are inclusive of all activities, lodging, transport and most meals to make your experience hassle-free.
- Double Occupancy Price. Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16 years old and younger sharing a room with an adult
- Single Room Supplement = $400 *
- Have questions about the logistics and legalities of traveling to Cuba? Contact us at (619) 758-3030.
- Bilingual expert Cuban guide & private Cuban driver
- All meals in Cuba (except for 1 dinner at the beach) – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at restaurants or in Cuban families’ homes
- 2 nights accommodation in casas particulares in Havana
- 5 nights casas particulares accommodation in Las Terrazas & the Viales Valley
- All scheduled activities
- All in-country ground transportation and airport transfers via air-conditioned van
- Tips for luggage handling, restaurants, and programmed activities throughout tour
- Legal documentation of your support for the Cuban people program
- 24-hour Discover Corps emergency hotline & turnkey service
What’s Not Included:
- Tips for Cuban guide and driver
- International airfare
- Cuban visa
Our intimate, small-group departures consist of like-minded travelers. Don’t see a date that works? Let us know and we’ll make it happen. STS = Solo Traveler Savings (Single Room Supplement is waived on these dates).
February 5-12, 2022
March 19-26, 2022
April 2-9, 2022 STS
June 4-11, 2022
July 9-16, 2022
August 6-13, 2022 STS
October 1-8, 2022
November 19-26, 2022
December 26-January 2, 2023
January 14-21, 2023 STS
February 4-11, 2023
March 18-25, 2023
April 1-8, 2023 STS