We booked a tour with Vamos Cuba at the last minute and Veronika was very helpful in arranging everything to fit around what we wanted to do with very little notice.
We met up with Claudia in Havana and she was very helpful throughout our trip. She took us on a tour of Old Havana and it was really interesting to get the inside story of what life is like for Cubans. She was a great guide. At the end of our stay in Havana we were picked up by Maxie in his classic American car and he was our driver for the rest of our trip. Nothing was too much trouble for him and he drove us everywhere and waited whilst we visited the many tourist attractions on our itinerary.
Trinidad was well worth a visit and there was plenty to do there and in the countryside around. Two of the many highlights were swimming under the waterfall at Parque el Cuba and sipping Mojitos watching the sunset in a rooftop bar. We went on to Playa Larga via Cienfuegos and the fascinating Bay of Pigs museum (Museo Giron) and stayed in a fantastic casa overlooking the sea where we had lobster on Valentine’s night. We could have stayed there for much longer but set off after one night for Vinales. On the way we popped into meet Maxie’s family, who were lovely and hospitable. Vinales is quite busy but our casa (Casa Flora) was quiet and the owner was lovely and and we had the best dinner we had all trip. She arranged a horseback ride thought the countryside behind the casa which was great and you could easily hike yourself through the tobacco fields. On our ride we met a farmer who showed us how he produces coffee and tobacco and rolls his cigars.
All in all we had a fantastic trip and would love to see more of the country. The people are friendly, kind and open, the scenery is amazing and the museums are fascinating. There’s loads to do and great beaches if that’s your thing. The food is variable but cheap and the cocktails are fantastic . I would thoroughly recommend visiting Cuba and Vamos Cuba. The casas they booked for us were clean, comfortable and in great locations and we managed to fit in everything we wanted to see.
UK, March 2016