- This tour was full on. No standout moments for me on the trip but some lovely memories. The highlights for me were Vinales (couldn't do this place justice in the half day allowed though), Trinidad and Las Terrezas.
I loved the classic cars and architecture. The trip to Che's mausoleum was humbling and had made me want to come back and read up more on his life. I loved all the toe tapping music as we toured around Cuba. I don't think there was a single band that we didn't enjoy.
The mojitos at the Havana Club are potent and must be sampled. The music is great here too so make sure you pay it a visit...
Make sure you drink plenty of water during this trip. Bottled water is widely available but varies in price. Dehydration sachets are advisable. The humidity is high and I got ill a couple of times in this trip as did a fellow traveller because of heat and humidity.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Ensanachos and our own private stretch of beach provided peace and tranquility. make sure you get out on the bus that takes in the whole peninsula when you are here. It only costs 2 CUC per trip and is a good way of looking around the peninsula. We also went to a local craft market as part of this trip out of Ensanachos - a great way of picking up some quality souvenirs...
The walk up to Commandancia de la Plata is more challenging than the tour notes suggest especially after it has rained. Make sure you take plenty of water with you as well as a snack as it makes for a long day! We were part of a large group here which meant that some of us were left to get back down by ourselves as out tour leader had gone on ahead!
Sadly our tour leader did not meet my Expectations on this trip. He certainly wasn't up to the standard that I have come to expect with Explore and other similar companies. Our Tour Guide used the itinerary as a rule book, and rarely added extra information compared to other excellent Explore guides that I have experienced. Sometimes he was unable to answer even the its basic question such as 'what is that bird in the sky' I ended up referring to a guide book I had taken along to gain extra details and information that our guide failed to provide at times.
Tipping is a huge part of life in Cuba, and expected for pretty much everything including the use of toilets so try and ensure that you keep hold of some change.
Published on: 17 September 2016