- I thoroughly enjoyed this trip and , although it was quite full on and included some long road journeys, I rarely got fed-up with the travelling. It provided a good variety of cultural, urban and rural environments and we felt that we understood the country and the people a little better. This was fascinating. No stand-out moments but many very enjoyable ones. I had read a history book on Cuba before I went which I never normally do. This was useful since I knew very little beforehand. The information provided on the trip (lots of it) slotted in nicely.
Criticisms - The airline! Why were we not put on a better airline when some of the group came via KLM and we were on a budget airline from Spain! I had looked Air Europa up and therefore came prepared with food, drink and entertainment. It was still awful on the flight out - Madrid flight offered nothing worth buying and no entertainment; on the Havana flight we were ignored for two hours (9pm - 11pm except it was late) and there were only 3 monitors in our section of the plane which we could not see. They showed 2 films, one for children and one comedy which I would not have wanted to see anyway. The route back was marginally better since the long flight had individual monitors.
Changed accommodation - the Trinidad alteration we knew about and we really enjoyed being in a Cuban home, despite the fact that we had no window to the outside world and the aircon didn't work properly. However, we were not alerted about the change at Bayamo and the Sierra Maestra was like some great holding pen! Very busy, rather basic and the dining room could only just cope in the evening. If our guide hadn't tried very hard, we would not have got any breakfast for our early start in the morning. I still think that the digestive problems that I had in the second week started here. I assume that we have not been compensated for this change.
Published on: 16 May 2016