What makes this trip special?
La Guira National Park
Coastal birds and rare endemics
Colourful and lively colonial town
Sweet like sugar
Valle de los Ingenios
Taste the real Cuba
Birds of the Coral Keys
Cuba's unforgettable capital
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Day-by-day itinerary for 'Birds and Culture'
Sierra Najasa - Cayo Coco
Guide prices for 'Birds and Culture'
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|guide price, 3-6 people
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Prices are per person and include:
- Cuba visa
- airport transfers
- all accommodation
- services of an English speaking specialist birdwatching guide and driver throught
- meals as specified: B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner; AI=All - inclusive
Prices do not include:
- international flights
- travel insurance
- airport and departure taxes
- items of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, laundry, etc
Customer reviews for
'Birds and Culture'
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This was one of our all time favourite trips (we travel extensively). Too many highlights. Best were Zapata - th emale cuban bee hummingbird, all of Havana and seeing and hearing the culture and history first hand in person.
Good birding but highlights were seeing/meeting the Cubans, seeing different geographical areas, cities etc and the way of life.
Whe thought we spent the right amount of time it all the places
Seasonal information for 'Birds and Culture'
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Hotels for 'Birds and Culture'
Hotel Horizontes Villa Soroa
Hotel Soroa is located in Pinar del Río, the westernmost province of Cuba, surrounded by the spectacular Sierra del Rosario, defined since 1984 as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Only 75 km from the City of Havana, Hotel Soroa provides an attractive and yet relaxing environment for nature lovers, from bird watchers to trekkers and horse riding. Close to the Hotel, there is a 21-meter waterfall and the largest orhidarium and orchid gardens in the country, with over 700 varieties of orchids. From here you will be able to visit old coffee plantations originally owned by French settlers that fled to Cuba from the Haitian Revolution over 200 years ago.
Days 2 - 3
El Mirador, San Diego de los Banos
This is a pleasant, modest hotel in a practical location for touring and birdwatching in the Pinar del Rio area. Rooms are small with air-conditioning and also de-humidifiers that the Cubans themselves tend not to switch on, which means that people think the rooms are damp! There is a restaurant and also a bar patio area and swimming pool. Cubans visit San Diego for the mud therapy treatments and non-resident locals are allowed to use the hotel's swimming pool which can make it bustling with people particularly at weekends. A good opportunity to watch Cubans at play. In the lush hills and therefore more humid than the surrounding plains. Good base for birding at La Guira.
Days 4 - 7
Playa Larga, Zapata
This hotel is adequate and the nearest and preferred hotel for birders wishing to visit the Zapata National Park. There is also good snorkelling here.
41 rooms in small bungalows with bathroom, sitting room, fridge, tv and hot water. There are also 8 family bungalows of 2 bedrooms. The hotel has a swimming pool, tennis courts, scuba diving centre and restaurant.
Days 8 - 9
The hotel Las Cuevas, Trinidad, is located just above historic town of Trinidad, with panoramic views of the Caribbean and the town. It is a short walk from the town's centre. `Las Cuevas' literally translates as `the caves', and this is a suitable name as the hotel is placed above an open cave which used to house a popular disco!
The hotel has a buffet and a la carte restaurant, a snack bar, swimming pool, nightclub, internet access, tennis courts and car rental. It also offers horseback riding for those who want to explore the surroundings in a more natural way! Each of the Hotel Las Cuevas' 110 air conditioned rooms contains satellite TV, a safe deposit boxes and terraces .
Gran Hotel, Camaguey
This 19th century building became a hotel in the 1930s and retains much of its original charm with its old fashioned reception and lift. The reception area is furnished in colonial style and there are four bars. The rooms vary in size but all are comfortable.There is a pleasant top floor restaurant with windows opening wide across the town's rooftops, where breakfast is served. The Piano bar serves excellent cocktails and hosts frequent salsa sessions. The pool area hosts a synchronised swimming display on occasions, which is fun to watch. There is a good atmosphere at this hotel, the staff are very courteous and it is one of our favourite hotels in the area but it can get very noisy in this part of the city so bring ear plugs.
Days 11 - 12
Tryp Cayo Coco
The Tryp Cayo Coco All Inclusive Resort is in the northern keys off the coast of the province of Ciego de Avila, one of the richest natural environments in the country, caught between a spectacular lagoon and an extensive beach-lined coast. The hotel has excellent amenities and very comfortable accommodation.
It is suitable for families particularly if they have been touring and would like a beach break that would please the children. Rooms are available for 3 adults + 1 child or 2 adults with 2 children. We use this hotel for our birders, as this is the hotel they prefer for birding in the cays.
Days 13 - 14
Hotel Park View, Havana
This 3* Habaguanex hotel is a good choice of hotel for people on a budget who wish to stay in central Havana and be comfortable. Hotel Park View is mid-range Habaguanex hotel - 7 floors with lift and staircase. There is a popular small bar on the ground floor. It is very conveniently situated close to the Prado and Old Havana and a short walk from Parque Central and the Malecon. The hotel rooms are small, well furnished and comfortable with air-conditioning. There are excellent views of the city from the seventh-floor restaurant, where you have breakfast.