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Revolutionary Trails of Cuba CU

Visiting: Cuba
Trip Duration 15 Days

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Revolutionary Trails in CubaScores 7.3 out of 10 based on 24 reviews
(8 out of 10)


Laurieton, NSW 2443 Australia
the hike up Pico Turquino is not for the faint hearted - be warned - it isn't a straight hike to a peak of 1972 metres - it is up and down half a dozen peaks on the way - can be treacherous in the rain! Also take food with you for the 3 day hike. We got dry bread and mayonnaise one morning for breakfasct and crackers and mayonnaise the next (and NO coffee!) Overall I enjoyed the trip, our leader was somewhat inexperienced which created some issues but we saw a lot of the country and understood a lot more about recent history
Confirmed traveller: 02 December 2016
Published on: 07 December 2016
(5 out of 10)


Poor accommodation (inc. H&S risk with dodgy electrics, dirty rooms, poor plumbing and mould - yuck!). Moved from original hotels three times and firmly believe were put into inferior hotles.

Poor tour leader - always late and didn't know the itinerary. Had to wait for him and other transport on numerous occasions. Must have lost a whole day over the 2 weeks through waiting. Started days too late and arrived at next accommodation in the dark - not good! Time wasted on lunches (2 hours +) instead of letting the group "do their own thing".

Great country but the organisation was poor.
Confirmed traveller: 19 November 2016
Published on: 26 November 2016

Thank you for your review, Stephen. I’m really sorry that your trip was so disappointing and it’s true to say that we’ve heard from a number of your group about the points you’ve raised. As you mention, there were three hotel changes during your holiday and these were because each of the original ones simply decided not to honour our booking, or had overbooked. We worked hard to find suitable alternatives, but one of them unfortunately was a downgrade. In your holiday documents, we do mention that changes in accommodation are possible and we have provided you with the appropriate refunds in this case. In addition, it’s concerning read your comments about that your Explore Leader’s lack of forethought caused delays to the itinerary and we’ve addressed this with him to ensure the trip goes to plan in future.

(5 out of 10)


I had a thoroughly enjoyable trip with some of the best tour guides who really knew their stuff and we're very passionate. Having been on previous explore trips I do feel that this one was less well organised or plan though on explorer's part than other ones I had been on. Bearing in mind it was advertised as a walking holiday the wasn;t nearly enough walking involved and too much time spent travelling. I would have rather spent more time walking the trails that trekking from one end of the country to the other. The people that I shared my trip with were very nice and there was only five of us on the tour. This lead to some benefits due to a lower ration to tour guide but did leave me wanting a bit more ‘banter’ I guess as it could get quite quiet at times. Overall I enjoyed my trip but do I feel that explore has room to develop it to make it a truly amazing once in a lifetime experience.
Confirmed traveller: 19 August 2016
Published on: 21 October 2016
(9 out of 10)


The tour was very good and covered a large part of Cuba over two weeks. Our Guide Juan Hose was excellent and extremely knowledgeable. I learnt an immense amount about Cuba, the people and the history of the island. I would say that walking poles are essential as some of the treks (Pico Turquino) are very steep and also slippery when wet. Accommodation was generally good and a particular highlight for me was staying in a Casa Particulares in Trinidad. There is apparently a shortage of hotels in Havana which meant that at the start and finish of the tour we were in a good and not so good hotel which were both a good half hour taxi ride away from the Old Town area. Food was surprisingly good on the trip too.
Confirmed traveller: 09 April 2016
Published on: 19 April 2016
(8 out of 10)


I enjoyed the tour but I personally found it a little bit restrictive - I probably prefer to do my own thing. This is not a reflection of Explore who I think provided a good value holiday for those who like to travel in a group. My only criticism is that the trek to the highest peak in Cuba was challenging and not moderate as described by Explore - the other experienced walkers agreed that it was difficult and not moderate. I thought the tour leader was really good and gave us a wonderful insight into the lives of the cuban people.
Confirmed traveller: 09 April 2016
Published on: 12 April 2016
(10 out of 10)


Fantastic tour and very well structured - e.g. a 3 day trek followed by a relaxing travel day. The tour covers a lot of ground in two weeks so it's full on but very enjoyable. Our tour guide was amazing. He was knowledgeable and loved his country which definitely added to the experience. There are no highlights - it's all one big highlight!

The only less than positive comment I have is that a night in a hotel near a beach would have been nice. There is an option to spend a day on a beach but this seems a bit all or nothing. There were enough swimming opportunities though.

As a tip - remember to take some gifts for the locals.
Confirmed traveller: 09 April 2016
Published on: 12 April 2016
(7 out of 10)


Devon, Alberta, Canada
Itinerary: Trinidad, there was to much down time here. we were at the beginning of the tour so the down time was not needed and the available excursions were expensive to take.
Trip should indicate that day 2 of the Pico Turquino hike is more like "difficult" rather than moderate.

Tour Leader: Jose only had a photo ID card, why did he not have an Explore shirt to wear. On day one he was hard to locate. His English was very good, his passion for his country was very evident, his assistance to the group was excellent.
Confirmed traveller: 08 April 2016
Published on: 23 April 2016
(8 out of 10)


Westerham, Kent
Facilities at the refugio during the climb to PicoTurquino were appalling - filthy, falling down buildings with disgusting toilet & shower facilities & thoroughly overbooked to the extent that trekkers had to share beds - the addition of a dead rat under one of the beds did nothing to improve my temper!

The rest of the accommodation on the trip was good & the homestay I was lucky enough to be assigned to was absolutely lovely.

There were some long periods of time spent in the coach travelling from A to B but that's the price one has to pay for the privilege of seeing so much of the island, had the same itinerary been spread over a three week period I feel I could have absorbed more of the atmosphere of the wonderful colonial cities we visited - everything was rather rushed.

Everywhere we went local people were asking for body soap & I would definitely take this another time to give away.

Don't go without insect repellant!!

Overall a lovely trip but when I return to Cuba I will try to have longer in each place.
Confirmed traveller: 30 January 2016
Published on: 17 February 2016
(7 out of 10)


In general the hotel accommodation exceeded our expectations, whereas the camping and most notably the mountain hut ticked very few boxes, with the latter found to be “primitive” rather than “basic” and over booked. We can wash in cold water......but it's difficult with no water!

The trip agenda is well constructed but one amendment I would suggest is to scrap the visit to the Terraces on the penultimate day and slip in an extra day at Santiago.

Highlights included visiting Che Guevara’s mausoleum, simply watching the numerous modes of traffic and losing 6lbs in weight.

Our guide kept us to the agenda, kept us safe and answered all our questions. It was a shame for him that he had to walk in plastic crocs footwear and didn't have a sleeping bag for the camping/hut nights. Come on Explore - you can look after your guides better than that!
Confirmed traveller: 30 January 2016
Published on: 10 February 2016

Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts with us, Glenn. Although it's great to hear you enjoyed your trip overall, it’s a shame to hear you were disappointed with the conditions in the refuge. We do advise in our trip notes that this particular accommodation is basic, which means there will usually be shared facilities and running hot and cold water may be unreliable. That said, we do expect the conditions to still be hygienic and prepared for the amount of guests staying. There are limited options for accommodation in the area, so it is difficult to find an alternative – our local agent has addressed your concerns with the refuge owner and we will continue to monitor the feedback we receive to make sure that the conditions do improve.
In addition, please let me assure you that we do look after our Explore leaders. We recently provided them all with walking shoes and waterproofs, so they've certainly been kitted out. However, we know from experience that many guides prefer to wear their own clothes/shoes, and have even been known to sell on the items we've sent them.

(8 out of 10)


Cuba is a wonderful, fascinating country; beautifully lush, lovely colonial architecture, colourful buildings and old cars; music everywhere and wonderfully cheap cocktails. It's great to see a place not very commercial and none of the shopping brands you see wherever you go in the world. Signs of the revolution and it's history still very much around. Catch it before it gets too touristy.

Tips would be that the walking on the trip in the Sierra Maestra is strenous not moderate and it is hard to get out of the whole thing at that point in the trip so you need to give it proper consideration. The food in that part for the two days, especially breakfast is very minimal. You do need to take things to eat up with you. Also go prepared for mosquitos.
Confirmed traveller: 02 January 2016
Published on: 07 February 2016