- A really good trip - good balance of culture, exercise and relaxing. Trip notes say bring a filter bottle - not necessary, bottled water is easy to get and you will need at least 1L a day. A microfibre travel towel is a must for all the swimming opportunities and the nights at the haciendas. When the trip notes say the tour ends after breakfast it sounds like then it will be straight to the airport, but actually there is at least a half day left for more of Havana. Last Friday we had a better itinerary than the trip notes - Cueva del Indio and the walk in Vinales, lunch and then back to Havana; a second walk in Vinales would be very samey and would mean the last meal in Havana would be very late without a chance to relax/shop first. Wouldn't recommend Los Caneyes hotel in Santa Clara because of the caged animals. Osmin Gonzalez Rodriguez was a most caring and fun tour leader and loved sharing his country with us. June is very hot and humid with fabulous thunderstorms.
Published on: 04 July 2016