Chamäleon - Kuba High fidelity at Fidels 15 Tage Adventure-Trip
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Eigentlich müsste man Fidel dankbar sein, dass er mit eiserner Hand die Zeit angehalten hat. Was wäre sonst mit dem morbiden Charme, der aus allen Ritzen quillt? Den Straßenkreuzer-Dinos in Dottergelb und Babyblau? Wo der ganze Flitter, der mit leicht bekleidetem Lächeln alle Existenzsorgen hinwegfegt? Sei einfach happy. Über Fidel und diese Reise.

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Day 1 Arrival in Havana
Bienvenido a Cuba! Welcome to Cuba! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. If you arrive early, the day is yours to explore. Consider a stroll through Old Havana to acquaint yourself with its colourful mix of 50s Americana, colonial architecture and budding modernity. There are plenty of good museums to check out, such as the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts). Perhaps line up with the locals for a taste of the legendary Coppelia ice cream, or wander along the Malecon (ocean walkway), the sea wall that skirts the coastline. With so much to do in this eclectic capital, we recommend arriving a few days early to make the most of this exciting city. Included activities: Arrival transfer from Havanna airport to the tour hotel
Note: A complimentary arrival transfer is included with your trip. Please ensure you provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel so the transfer can be organised. If you arrive early. The transfer driver will have the address of your Guesthouse. The Welcome Meeting will take place at 6 pm. There will be a welcome meeting at approximately 6pm this evening. Well be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. The tour briefing is generally followed by an optional group dinner. If you cant arrange a flight that will arrive in time for the meeting, you may wish to arrive a day early so youre able to attend. Well be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If youre going to be late, please inform the base guesthouse so they can contact the leader. If you are already in Havana prior to your trip, or if you do not require a transfer, please call or make your way to our "Base Guesthouse" for directions to your starting guesthouse. This guesthouse provides a 24 hour service with English speaking employees if assistance is required. Accommodation: Guesthouse "Base Guesthouse": Casa La Gargola / 1st floor #82 Cuba street, between Cuarteles & Chacon Streets / Old Havana Multiple guesthouses are used in order to accommodate all passengers in the same group
Revolution museum - CUC5 National Museum of Fine Arts - CUC5 Tourist bus day pass - CUC10

Day 2 Havana
Havanas history is as colourful as its cars and buildings, and today youll get to experience the magic of Old Havana on a walking tour with your local leader. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1982, this well-preserved area within Cubas capital remains virtually unchanged, making it one of the Caribbeans most impressive historical cities. An air of faded glory comes through in the peeling paint of some of its grand old buildings and its narrow streets, spacious plazas and Spanish architecture make it a charm to explore on foot. Visit La Catedral San Cristobal de la Habana, the Palacio de los Marqueses de Aguas Claras and the Plaza de Armas. Also visit the Museo de la Revolucion, to learn about the history of the Cuban Revolution. Afterwards, enjoy some free time to further explore on your own - perhaps check out a cigar factory or cruise around outer-Havana in a vintage American car. Included activities: Leader-led Walking Tour of Old Havana
Camera Obscura by Leonardo da Vinci (entrance fee and guide included) - CUC2 American Vintage Car Tour (guide and transport included) - CUC55 Half-day Ernest Hemingway Tour (guide and transport included) - CUC70 Cigar Factory Tour (entrance fee and guide included, no transport) - CUC12

Day 3 Havana to Cienfuegos
On the way to Cienfuegos today, learn a bit of the local lingo during an informal Spanish lesson with your leader. Then, stop at the peaceful sandy arc of Playa Giron, which sits on the eastern side of the Bahia de Cochinos, better known as the Bay of Pigs. It was famously here that the CIA sponsored a failed invasion by exile forces in 1961. Its not just the history thats the attraction here - with crystal clear Caribbean waters, a deep underwater wall, and an outstanding variety of coral and fish, its a haven for snorkelers. If theres time, hire a mask and some flippers and take a dive into sapphire-coloured water teeming with tropical marine life. Afterwards, travel on to Cienfuegos, known affectionately as The Pearl of the South. Part of the citys appeal lies in its colonial centre, which features wide Parisian-style boulevards and elegant colonnades. Drive along the peninsula to see Cienfuegos architectural pride and joy, the Moroccan-influenced Palacio del Valle. Included activities: Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson Bay of Pigs - Coastal Swim Stop Cienfuegos - Leader-led orientation walk Cienfuegos - Palacio de Valle (Entrance fee)
Travel time: Havana to Playa Giron approx. 2½ hours, Playa Giron to Cienfuegos approx. 1½ hours.

Day 4 Cienfuegos to Trinidad
Leave Cienfuegos and head north to Santa Clara and the final resting place of Cubas most famous son, Che Guevara, where youll visit his mausoleum and memorial. Ches remains were brought here after they were found in a remote corner of Bolivia in 1997, where he was assassinated by the CIA-backed Bolivian army. Check out the impressive bronze statue of Che bearing his rifle and learn about his incredible life. Then its a short drive south, through the Topes de Collantes National Park to Trinidad, which sits on the scenic Caribbean coast. For many visitors to Cuba, Trinidad is a standout destination. No other colonial city in Cuba is as well preserved, and the residents are extremely friendly and festive. Trinidad is steeped in religion, including the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, which has connections to Voodoo. On an orientation walk today, see the former wealth generated by the sugar industry in the towns once-grand mansions, colourful public buildings, wrought iron grill work and cobblestoned streets. Party the night away at one of the towns live music venues or why not take in a folklore show at one of the towns numerous open-air venues. Included activities: Che Guevara Mausoleum & Museum (entrance fee included, no guide) Leader-led orientation walk in Trinindad
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch
Travel time: Cienfuegos to Santa Clara approx. 1 hour, Santa Clara to Trinidad approx. 1½ hours.
Trinidad - Live Music Venues (Entrance fee) - subject to change depending on the performer - CUC2 Santeria Priest Visit - CUC2

Day 5 Trinidad
Today is a good opportunity to visit the Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra los Bandidos and the Casa de los Martires de Trinidad - both chronicle the struggles of the revolutionary period in the towns history. At some point while youre here youll have the opportunity to get involved in an informal salsa class. Cuba has a hugely rich and varied dance and musical tradition that draws its roots from Africa and France. Many styles that have greatly influenced music worldwide originated in Cuba, such as Mambo, Cha-cha-cha, son and rumba. Theres also a chance to get a hands-on lesson with the musical instruments themselves in a percussion workshop. By now, hopefully youve learnt enough of the local rhythms to join in with the locals - maybe at a certain venue hidden within a cave! Included activities: Salsa dance lesson (approx. 1 hour)
Cave Disco (entrance fee) - CUC5 Romantic Museum (entrance fee) - CUC2 Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra los Bandidos (entrance fee) - CUC1 Musical instrument lesson (guitar, double bass, tres, percussion) per hour - CUC10

Day 6 Trinidad
Trinidad is one of Cubas standout cities, but its also the gateway to the Valle de los Ingenios, and a bike is a great way to explore the local area. However, Cubas bicycles, like its cars, are vintage, which means a little bit of practicality may be sacrificed for the romantic element! There are also some great treks to be made in the nearby Sierra del Escambray mountains - maybe drive along the legendary twists and turns of the road to El Nicho, then hike to its beautiful waterfall. Playa Ancon is also close by - theres plenty of opportunity for relaxing on its long, unspoilt beaches or snorkelling through the clear waters (just watch carefully for sea urchins, which can be a problem here).
Trek to El Nicho Waterfall (entrance fee, guide and transport included) - CUC65 Ancon beach shuttle bus - CUC4 Bicycle rental (full day) - CUC5

Day 7 Trinidad to Camaguey
Travel through the centre of the country to Camaguey. Despite its size, Cubas third largest city has managed to retain much of its colonial heritage. Exploring Camagueys winding streets is half the fun as the city was planned in a deliberately confusing pattern to disorient any would-be assailants, and as you walk through the city you may still see tinajones - large clay pots used for collecting water. On your explorations, stop by the Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad to see its baroque frescoes. Camaguey also has a rich tradition of cultural and technological leadership within Cuba, its the birthplace of poet laureate Nicolas Guillen and home of the Ballet de Camaguey. Cubas first radio and television emissions were broadcast from Camaguey, and the countrys first airport and commercial flights were planned and executed here. Included activities: Leader-led orientation walk in Camaguey
Travel time: Approximately 5-6 hours.
Casa de la Trova - CUC3

Day 8 Camaguey
Enjoy a tour of Camaguey by bicycle taxi. Cycling is a popular form of transport in Cuba, and bicycle taxis are very common - in the confusing streets of Camaguey, its a particularly good way to get around. On the tour, youll visit a local market, parks, plazas and an art gallery. Your leader may suggest visiting a local farmers market where youll get a fascinating insight into daily Cuban life and the local economy - this is where farmers can sell their produce after meeting the quota they have to sell to the state. Camagueys is a particularly busy and colourful market and there are separate areas for produce sold by the state and produce sold by farmers directly to the public. There are plenty of interesting tropical fruits, vegetables and herbs available. Later, your leader will take you to a local bar where youll get to compare a white rum to an aged rum - Cuba specifically is known as the origin of some of the smoothest and most sought-after rums on the entire planet. Included activities: Bicycle taxi city tour Rum tasting in a local bar
Included meals: Breakfast
Note: Each bicycle taxi carries two passengers and the tour is led by an English-speaking local guide.
Ballet performance - CUC5

Day 9 Camaguey to Santiago de Cuba
Head west along the Carretera Central to Santiago de Cuba with a stop in Bayamo. Today is the longest travel day of the trip, so take the time to get to know your fellow travellers, or make sure your devices are fully charged and youre ready to go with a good book! Santiago is the hottest place in Cuba - in terms of both temperature and the vibe of the city. Set between the indomitable Sierra Maestra mountain range and the azure Caribbean, this citys historical centre and colonial architecture retain a timeworn air ideal for photographers. With no activities planned after your arrival, perhaps join with some of your travel buddies and head out for a group dinner. Alternatively, get a good nights rest ready for a day of exploration tomorrow. Included activities: Leader-led orientation walk in Santiago de Cuba
Included meals: Breakfast
Travel time: Depending on how many stops are made, the drive usually takes 6 to 7 hours.
Tropicana Cabaret Show (Closed Tuesdays) - CUC35

Day 10 Santiago de Cuba
Set off on a 3-hour city tour of Santiago. Youll visit El Morro Castle, Ifigenia cemetery and the Moncada barracks and learn about the citys rich history. For nearly a century, the city was the islands seat of power and it also played a vital role in the Revolution. The people of Santiago were the first to rise up in arms against government troops in 1956, and it was in Santiago on January 1st, 1959 that Fidel Castro declared the triumph of the Revolution. With a strong Afro-Cuban heritage its no surprise that Santiago has a vibrant music scene and is seen as Cubas capital of music. Its the home of son music, which is a mix of Spanish guitar and African percussion. Santiagos half million residents are proud of their cultural traditions, so youll find many museums and cultural clubs around the city. The city is also famous for its energetic Carnaval celebrations and its lively Festival of Caribbean Culture. All this will entice the shyest, most left-footed dancer and the non-musically inclined to learn some salsa moves or take a lesson in local music. Included activities: Half-day City Tour Including El Morro Castle, Santa Ifigenia Cemetery & Moncada Barracks
Included meals: Breakfast
Salsa lesson (1 hour) - CUC15 Use of a Hotel Pool - CUC5 La Gran Piedra Mountain (Entrance only) - CUC1

Day 11 Santiago de Cuba to Baracoa
A spectacular journey to Baracoa will take you through the dry region surrounding Guantanamo, dotted with cacti and wiry goats, and then along the dramatic Atlantic coastline, before winding through verdant mountains to Baracoa. On the way, if time permits, you will get the chance to visit the Mirador de Malones for a pretty good view of the Guantanamo Naval Base and surrounding bay. Baracoa is set in a beautiful cove, this was the first colonial town, and remains one of the most beautiful in Cuba. Youll have a couple of days here to explore and relax, perhaps take a walk around the town to get your bearings, then maybe head to a lovely black sand beach an easy walk from town. As one of Cubas major agricultural zones, Baracoa is a great place to try local foods including chocolate and local specialties like prawns in coconut sauce and banana-stuffed tamales. One particularly sought-after Baracoa specialty is the cucurucho, a sweet treat of coconut, sugar, and fruit wrapped in dried cone-shaped palm leaves. Included activities: Guantanamo Bay Viewpoint (Time & weather dependent) Leader-led orientation walk in Baracoa
Included meal: Breakfast
Travel time: Approximately 5 hours.
Guantanamo Bay Lookout Tower (Entrance fee) - CUC1

Day 12 Baracoa
Today is a free day to explore Baracoa. The town was only accessible by sea until 1960, and even after a road linking Baracoa to Guantanamo was built, the settlement maintained a small-town colonial feel. Uncover its individuality as you wander along its beautiful malecon or ramble over various forts that were built to withstand pirate attacks. The Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion boasts a bust of the indigenous leader Hatuey, who was burned at the stake for refusing to accept the Spanish and their Catholicism. You might prefer to chill on a beach or get active with a hike to El Yunke, the famous table-top mountain sighted by Columbus during his first voyage to the island.
Included meals: Breakfast
Note: Most activities in Baracoa have a minimum passenger number so that the suppliers avoid using some local cars which do not meet our safety requirements, and instead use a new model minivan. We recommend you avoid using a car known as a ‘Willy particularly if requesting a taxi for any activity - Willy cars are open-air jeeps with bench seats without seatbelts. Your leader will be able to communicate this if you require assistance in ordering a taxi.
Bar or nightclub entrance (various) - CUC1 Half-day El Yunque Waterfall Hike with river crossing & swimming hole (Entrance fee, Guide & Transport) - minimum of 6 people to operate - CUC16 Full-day El Yunque Mountain Hike with river crossing (Entrance fee, Guide & Transport) - minimum of 6 people to operate - CUC16

Day 13 Baracoa
Enjoy another free day in Baracoa. Why not set out on a hike through the rainforest to explore nearby caves and waterfalls. Perhaps pay a visit to Humboldt Nation Park, looking out for colourful parrots, lizards and hummingbirds. Take a boat tour down a nearby river, spotting wildlife along the way, or maybe stop in at a working farm to learn about life on the land. After the sun goes down, enjoy a cocktail near the beach or check out the towns nightlife.
Included meals: Breakfast
Full-day Humbolt Park Hike (3, 5 or 9 km) including Maguana beach and village tour (Entrance fee, Transport & Guide) - CUC23 Return Taxi to Maguana Beach - CUC25 Full-day Duaba Cocoa Farm Tour and Toa River Boat Ride (Guide, Transport & Entrance Fee) - CUC18

Day 14 Baracoa to Havana
After breakfast, take a 1.5-hour flight from Baracoa to Havana arriving at approximately 4 pm. After arriving back into the capital, head to Plaza de la Revolucion for your final taste of Cuban revolutionary history, watched over by the memorials of Ernesto ‘Che Guevara, Jose Marti and Camilo Cienfuegos. In the evening perhaps take a stroll along the malecon or soak up the atmospheric vibes of the Old Town. At the end of a long day, its time for a mojito or cuba libre and final night of salsa in Habana Viejas bars. Hit the streets and celebrate the end of a fantastic adventure. Included activities: Flight from Baraco to Havana Visit to Revolution Square in Havana
Included meals: Breakfast
Travel time: Thelight from Baracoa to Havana takes 1½ hours arriving at approximately 16:00 oclock.
Note: Due to safety concerns with Russian-made planes used by some domestic Cuban airlines, our groups only use French-made ATR planes. If French-made ATR planes are not available or if the flight is delayed or cancelled, alternative arrangements will be made, and occasionally this may not be known to us right up until boarding time. Alternatives include, completing the entire leg from Baracoa to Havana by land, flying to a nearby airport and travelling the remainder of the journey by land, or in some cases, it will be run in reverse.
Jose Marti Memorial Tower - CUC2 Buena Vista Social Club Performance - CUC30

Day 15 Havana and departure
Your trip comes to an end this morning. Check-out time from the guesthouse is 10:00 oclock.



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