11 days from £1,098 per person
If you are adventurous in spirit, the most rewarding way to travel around Cuba is to drive your own hire car. Several of us at Journey Latin America have done it. Take your family - children, parents or other relatives, and you will relish the flexibility and the ability to choose how fast and how far you travel before stopping to enjoy a sight or chat to the locals.
Choose your own time and rhythm; stop wherever a glorious view or quirky little village tempts you. Fill up where you can – fuel supplies are erratic, as is the electricity to power the pumps (sometimes done using a fixed bike!).
Maps and signage are poor, but roads are lined with local people who are happy to help, most speak a little English, though if you speak a bit of Spanish it certainly helps. With a Silva compass and a decent map (we’ll give you one), you can find you’ll get to your destination safely (NB: Sat navs don't work properly in Cuba).
Day 1: Arrive Havana.
Day 2: Collect your hire car.
Day 3: Drive west Las Terrazas (80km direct from Havana).
Day 4: Explore the area from your rural retreat by hire car.
Day 5: Explore the area from your rural retreat by hire car
Day 6: Drive east to coastal Cienfuegos, overnight.
Day 7: Drive to the colonial city of Trinidad. 3 nights.
Day 8: Explore the city, beach, Escambray Mountains by hire car.
Day 9: Explore the city, beach, Escambray Mountains by hire car.
Day 10: Drive to Havana (318km direct), drop off hire car.
Day 11: Transfer to airport.
Owing to many clients' preference for flexibility, and the variation in flight price according to season and availability, the price quoted excludes the cost of international flights, which we will happily arrange for you. Flights to Latin America can be daytime or overnight, while the return flight is always overnight, so you will need to add at least one day to arrive at the total length of your holiday.
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Journey Latin America's former consultant Kitt Collins discovers that four wheels allow for a more authentic glimpse of Cuba. Luckily his father agreed to drive...he wrote about their experiences for our online magazine, Papagaio.
The old man and the Seat
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Your hire car will not be a beaten-up '50s Chevy
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