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Things to do in Cuba

A country known for Fidel Castro's fading brand of communism and its sublime, sandy cayes, Cuba is the largest of the Caribbean islands and promises an eclectic mix of things to do. The capital, Havana, with its classic car-lined streets and vibrant music scene, can be explored in a number of ways. City tours focus on the crumbling, historical centre of this World Heritage Site, whereas a trip to a cigar factory offers a fascinating insight into the production of one of Cuba's most famous exports.

Away from the city, the small countryside town of Vinales forms the gateway to rocky limestone outcrops known as mogotes — one of which exhibits the history of evolution, painted in bright colours on its side. Walking and trekking are also recommended here.

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Ideas for experiencing Cuba

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Cuba, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • Soroa Orchid Garden
    Soroa Orchid Garden, Near Las Terrazas

    Soroa Orchid Garden

    Las Terrazas

    Soroa Orchid Garden

    Within the Sierra del Rosario at Soroa, is the orquideario, or orchid garden. This garden is the largest in Cuba and covers an area of 35,000 square metres on a steep hillside.

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  • Cienfuegos Walking Tour
    Palacio de Valle, Cienfuegos

    Cienfuegos Walking Tour

    Cienfuegos

    Cienfuegos Walking Tour

    Cienfuegos has a well preserved colonial heart which can easily be explored in a short space of short time.

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  • Bay of Pigs Tour
    Laguna del Tesoro, Bay of Pigs

    Bay of Pigs Tour

    Bay of Pigs Tour

    The Bay of Pigs and Zapata Peninsula are one of the most important ecosystems in Cuba which is home to an impressive array of flora and fauna, many of which are endemic to the area.

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  • Valle de Vinales
    Vinales,Cuba

    Valle de Vinales

    Viñales

    Valle de Vinales

    Drive through the picturesque country town of Vinales passing classic cars and horse drawn carts on your way to the Mural de Prehistorica where a history of evolution is painted in bright colours on the side of a Mogote.

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  • Guided photography tour of Havana
    Havana, Cuba

    Guided photography tour of Havana

    Havana

    Guided photography tour of Havana

    Havana is a hauntingly beautiful city, with an impressive and unique mix of architecture.

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  • Morning walking tour of Havana Vieja
    Havana Vieja

    Morning walking tour of Havana Vieja

    Havana

    Morning walking tour of Havana Vieja

    Discover Havana Vieja, the historic colonial heart of the city. This morning walking tour covers the four most important squares, each of which has its own character and history.

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  • Trinidad Walking Tour
    Trinidad, Cuba

    Trinidad Walking Tour

    Trinidad

    Trinidad Walking Tour

    The compact colonial centre of Trinidad is one of the most sublime in Latin America. The cobbled streets, terracotta rooftops and pastel coloured houses are easily explored in a morning when the light is good for photography and the temperature is still comfortable.

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  • Havana City Tour
    Malecon, Havana

    Havana City Tour

    Havana

    Havana City Tour

    Modern Havana contrasts strikingly with the attractive colonial heart of the city. The tour is completely flexible and usually involves hire of transportation in a classic American car for 2 hours.

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  • Santiago City Tour
    Monument to Antonio Maceo, Santiago de Cuba

    Santiago City Tour

    Santiago de Cuba

    Santiago City Tour

    Enjoy a stroll up Calle Heredia past the city's Casa de la Trova. This atmospheric, busy street is the most famous in Santiago and every house bears signs of the city's great passions of music, dancing, carnivals and poetry.

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  • Vivero Organoponico Alamar Horticultural Tour
    Organoponico, Havana

    Vivero Organoponico Alamar Horticultural Tour

    Havana

    Vivero Organoponico Alamar Horticultural Tour

    Nestled between the harsh lines of the Soviet style apartment blocks is the Vivero Organoponico Alamar, effectively a four hectare urban allotment.

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  • Cigar Factory
    Cigar Factory, Havana

    Cigar Factory

    Havana

    Cigar Factory

    Havana cigars are considered the world's finest and the processes involved in hand rolling them can be seen at a number of Havana's famous factories such as Romeo y Julieta and Partagas.

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  • Salsa Dance Lesson
    Havana, Cuba

    Salsa Dance Lesson

    Havana

    Salsa Dance Lesson

    Salsa is a part of the national identity in Cuba and is built into the psyche of its people. It is a national pastime with the locals dancing in atmospheric nightclubs, on the beach or in the streets.

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