- Great holiday mainly due to excellent leader, guide and driver, (Isi, Manuel, Carlos) and a great bunch of fellow travellers. Be prepared to step back in time, though. Very little availability of ATM machines, wi-fi and hot water!
Cycling - distances were just about right for the holiday level but the Cuban hills can be taxing (although there is always the option of jumping on the bus!) Baggy cotton t-shirts are better for cycling in 30 degrees heat rather than standard British cycling gear which is really too warm.
Food in Cuba is not wonderful but the lunches provided in local homestays/farms were often the highlight of the day. Breakfasts were good with eggs on offer most mornings but snack/muesli bars came in handy mid-morning.
Tips - take plenty of cash (GBP's not $'s) and convert as much as you can if and when you manage to queue at an official currency exchange office. Buy an internet card (only way to occasionally get access to the www) at the first hotel you stay in as the queues at the internet offices in the towns are huge. Take a hairdryer, a travel towel, your own snorkelling gear, mosquito milk, a bar of soap for hand washing (no soap in most of the rooms in the casa particulares) and a large packet of baby wipes if you can't bear to have a cold shower! A sleeping bag liner came in handy when there were no blankets/proper sheets on the bed.
#1 tip - switch to "Cuban time" when you get there and chill. Cuba has hardly moved on since the Revolution in the 1950's and it can be frustrating. But once you have accepted that you have lost contact with the outside world and chill with several mojitos, warm to the people, enjoy the fabulous music, dance "like no-one's watching you" and enjoy the beautiful scenery, you will have a fabulous holiday.
Published on: 24 April 2016