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Trekking in Cuba - Cuba Per Pedas

Trekking Tour of Cuba for 14 Nights

Departing on the following dates: 17th Jul 2011, 09th Oct 2011, 13th Nov 2011, 1th8 Dec 2011, 15th Jan 2012, 12th Feb 2012, 11th Mar 2012, 1st Apr 2012, 06th May 2012, 10th Jun 2012, 07th Oct 2012.

Day 1: Arrival to Havana

Arrival at the Havana international airport. Transfer and dinner at hotel in Habana Vieja.

Day 2: Havana - Santa Clara

Sightseeing tour through the historical centre, declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. Also included are the visits to the bars La Bodeguita del Medio and the El Floridita where the world famous author Ernest Hemingway liked to drink and where you can try a typical Cuban cocktail (optional, not included in price). Lunch in a restaurant in the historical centre of Havana. In the afternoon the tour travels to Santa Clara. Overnight accommodation and dinner in the small town Hotel La Granjita.

Day 3: Santa Clara - Hanabanilla - El Nicho

Early morning breakfast and transfer to Lago Hanabanilla (50km). The 1st hiking tour starts from the Hotel Hanabanilla with the La Atalaya walk about 12km, and an intermediate degree of difficulty. During the walk you will see typical country houses of the area. The walk finishes at Lago Hanabanilla from where we will be taken by boat to R�o Negro for lunch. After lunch and a break the tour will travel by boat to the other side of Lake Hanabanilla where we'll start our little walk to El Nicho. In El Nicho you can bathe in the crystal clear river waters, and set up a camp in time for dinner.

Day 4: El Nicho - Guanayarana

The start of the 2nd hiking tour (approx. 12km long) from El Nicho to Parque Guanayara on a footpath via Valle de Jibacoa to the Hacienda de la Gallega ( stop for a picnic enroute). Once you arrive at the Hacienda de la Gallega you can start the Centinelas del R�o Melodioso walk and go swimming in the crystal clear waters of Posa del Venado. Dinner in the Casa de la Gallega, overnight accommodation in country houses in the area.

Day 5: Guanayarana - Topes de Collantes

You will start the 3rd hiking tour in the Parque Guanayara and head towards Topes de Collantes. (15 km long, intermediate degree of difficulty). Light lunch in the Hacienda Codina and after the lunch-break, you continue to Topes de Collantes. Accommodation and dinner in Hotel Topes de Collantes. After that you can take a look at the village yourself and chat with the local farmers.

Day 6: Topes de Collantes - Mi Retiro - Trinidad

The 4th hiking tour (12km long, intermediate degree of difficulty) will take you along the Salto del Caburni. We will arrive in Salto del Caburni, declared Cuban natural reserve.Light lunch in Casa de Julio and continuation of the walk to Mi Retiro. Afternoon bus trip to Trinidad. Accommodation and dinner in a hotel in Playa Ancon.

Day 7: Trinidad - Bayamo

Sightseeing tour of Trinidad. You will visit the Museo Romantico de Trinidad and drink a typical cocktail in La Canchanchara . After that, you will travel to Bayamo (460 km). Lunch-break is planned for Camaguey, and after lunch the tour will continue to Bayamo. Accommodation and dinner in the Hotel Sierra Maestra.

Day 8: Bayamo - El Salton

Bus journey to Contramaestre and then on to Cruce de los Negros (42 km). Here you will begin your 5th hiking tour which leads you to the Hotel El Salton (17 km). The path goes through coffee and cocoa plantations as well as Sierra Maestra farming villages (intermediate degree of difficulty) and finishes at the waterfalls near the Hotel El Salton where you will have lunch and still have some free time to swim in the waterfalls natural pools. Accommodation and dinner in the Hotel El Salton.

Day 9: El Salton - Rio Seco - Sierra Maestra

Today s bus ride takes you to the impressive Sierra Maestra. We will have the rest of the day at our own disposal. Accommodation at the Villa Santo Domingo.

Day 10: Marea del Portillo - La Platica

The 6th hiking tour begins in Alto de Naranjo. This tour has a fairly low hiking level and leads you to the headquarters of La Plata. We will use natural paths and make our way through a charming countryside. You will visit Fidel Castro's headquarter from the time of the revolutionary battles, now turned into a museum. 3km further and you will arrive at the village La Platica. The farmers around here take care of the environment of the Parque Nacional Turquino. You will get the chance to talk to them and get a better insight into their life in that village.You will have dinner there and stay overnight.

Day 11: La Esmajagua - Pico Turquino - Aguada de Joaquin

Early in the morning the 7th hiking tour begins. We ascend towards the forest station Aguada de Joaquin. The path is thickly surrounded by rich vegetation and we will see typical Cuban plants such as Pino de la Maestra and Majaguas. In the afternoon we start the second part of this walk which takes us up and down the mountains (up to 1400 m) where will be rewarded with breathtaking views. In Pico Joaquin (1360 m) we start our 1.5km descent to the forest station Aguada de Joaquin where we will have dinner and stay overnight.

Day 12: Aguada de Joaquin - Santiago de Cuba

The 8th hiking tour starts early again. The land rich with vegetation and you will climb up past Alto del Cardero (1265m) and Pico Cuba (1834m). The summit of Pico Turquino at 1974m is crowned with a monument to the Cuban national hero Jose Marti. You ll reach the summit at about 1pm and have a picnic break. On your descent in the afternoon, you will walk up and down the mountains of a height between 1000m and 1400m. Eventually a transfer will take you to hotel Villa Gaviota in Santiago de Cuba where you will have dinner.

Day 13: Santiago de Cuba - El Castillo del Morro

Breakfast at the Villa Gaviota. Sight seeing tour of Cuba s second largest city. Lunch at a restaurant in the city. Afterwards, you will continue the sightseeing tour and visit El Castillo del Morro, the Rum Museum, Plaza Marte and Parque Cespedes. In the evening we recommend a visit to the Casa de la Trova. Accommodation and dinner at the hotel Villa Gaviota in Santiago de Cuba.

Day 14: Santiago de Cuba - Havana

Departure to the airport in Santiago de Cuba and a flight to Havana. Arrival in Havana. Sightseeing tour and lunch. Accommodation and dinner in at hotel in Habana Vieja.

Day 15: Departure from Havana

Breakfast and lunch at the hotel. Transfer to the airport in the afternoon.

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