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8 Days SUP Adventure Tour in Cuba

Adventurous SUP Tour in Cuba

As a paddler, Cuba is a dream for many reasons not the least of which is being part of an exclusive club, for few outsiders who have ever paddled Cuban waters. Cuba Adventure Company are the first commercial company to be given permission to paddle these heavily restricted waters. From intra-mountainous lakes to the crystalline waters of the salt flats and the dynamic waters of the Caribbean Sea, Cuba is truly paradise for the adventurous paddler. Come and join this adventure and become a member of this exclusive club of paddlers!

Highlights

  • 6 days of stand up paddling
  • Paddle in salt flats of Zapata National Park
  • Paddle in Guama Islands, and turquoise waters of the Caribbean sea
  • Paddle through Lake Hanabanilla in the lush tropical Escambray Mountains
  • Hike ancient coral cliffs and visit magnificent caves of Guajimico
  • 8 breakfasts, six lunches, and seven dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English

Airport transfer included: Abel Santamaria Airport

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Accommodation

You will be staying in multiple accommodations during this SUP camp. The accommodation would range from staying in hotels, casa, glamping, and villa. You will be spending your first night in Hotel Hanabanilla, next night glamping in Rio Negro Glamping, one night in Casa Particulars, next night in Hotel Horizontes Villa Guamá, and the final three nights in Villa Guajimico.

Cuba Adventure Company SUP Tour Cuba Program

Today, more than half of Cuba’s plants and animals are found nowhere else on the planet. From leaping crocodiles, bat-eating boas, and millions of bright orange crabs marching through the forest each year, to miniature frogs, the world’s smallest hummingbird and the Caribbean’s largest flock of flamingos, Cuba surprises at every turn. The island is also home to arguably the healthiest coral reef ecosystems in the Caribbean, if not the world.

Day 1: Arrival and move towards Escambray Mountains

Today is your first day, arrive at Abel Santamaría Airport (SNU). You will be welcomed at the airport lobby by your bilingual Cuban guide and professional bus driver. Before leaving for the tour, exchange your money into the local Cuban currency (CUC). Today, lunch is not included. However, please note if your flight arrives in time for lunch, Cuba Adventure Company will arrange a meal at a private restaurant for you. After which you will take a two-hour bus ride to the Escambray mountains of southern Cuba. Today, you will be staying at Hotel Hanabanilla, dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.

Day 2: Travel to El Nicho and glamping in Rio Negro

Start your day at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and then check out of the hotel and load your personal belongings on to the bus. Please make sure that you pack some warm clothes for the overnight. Today, you will be paddling 10 kilometers to the small mountain village of El Nicho. This will be followed by a one and half kilometer walk through the mountain community.

Today, you will have lunch at a private restaurant. This will be followed by a walk to El Nicho national waterfall park where you will get to see spectacular pools, falls, and scenery that will excite your senses. This is also a great place to go for a swim in the cool mountain pools or hike back to river.

Next, you will paddle eight kilometers to Rio Negro. Today's dinner will be at 7:30 p.m. You will be glamping in Rio Negro under the thatched roof structures above the lake and nestled in the lush tropical jungle. Fresh linen, blanket, and foam mattresses for sleeping will all be supplied. If you need more than that please feel free to bring your own light weight sleeping bag and a camp pillow.

Please note that stand-up paddle boarders will take a slightly different route on this day that isn’t as long and lunch will had at Rio Negro.

Day 3: Visit to Lake Hanabanilla and Cienfuegos City

Start your day with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Today, you will hike to a panoramic view of lake Hanabanilla and the Escambray Mountains. Next, you will paddle eight kilometers to Jibacoa Dam. Next take a 4x4 mountain truck ride to Topes De Collates where you will have coffee or tea at mountain coffee house and mountain tea shop or botanical house.

Today's lunch will be in the mountains at a private restaurant. You will once again take the 4x4 mountain truck ride down the mountain to meet up with bus. You will take a one and half-hour bus ride to Ceinfuegos where you will have a city tour in Ceinfuegos. Check into your accommodation for the night in Casa Particulars. Today's dinner will be at a local home or private restaurant at 7:30 p.m.

Day 4: Travel to Zapata National Park and stay in Guama

The Zapata region of Cuba boasts the largest protected park lands in all of the Caribbean. Have your breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Next, take a two and half-hour drive to the “Bay of Pigs”. Today, have a bagged lunch on shore before launching for a one and half to two-hour paddling through the salt flats of the Zapata National Park.

Next, take a bus to Guamá Islands in the treasure lagoon and take a 20-minute boat ride into the lagoon to check-in to traditional Taino cabin of Hotel Horizontes Villa Guamá and explore the islands. Today's dinner will be at 7:30 p.m.

Day 5: Travel to Guama and stay in Guajimico

Today, you will be recommended paddling before breakfast through the mangroves and around the islands. After breakfast at 7:30 a.m., do two and half hours of paddle across Treasure Lagoon and through mangrove channels. Visit the breeding center of the unique Cuban crocodiles. You will have lunch at La Boca de Guamá restaurant.

After lunch, depart to Cienfuegos City for a city tour and then depart to Guajimico, a nature lover’s paradise located on ancient coral cliffs surrounded by aqua blue waters. You will be staying in cabins at Villa Guajimico. You will have dinner at 7:30 p.m.

Day 6: Guajimico

Have your breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Today, you will do an ocean paddle to Paradise Cove. If you are interested in snorkeling, bring your own gear and you can snorkel around some of the healthiest coral reefs in the Caribbean. Today's lunch will be at Guajimico followed by hike to hidden cave systems (please make sure to pack a headlight or flashlight). You will continue your stay at Villa Guajimico followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. and dance under stars.

Day 7: Travel in Guajimico and La Vaga Ranch

Today after breakfast at 7:30 a.m. the group will have the option to either paddle to an isolated beach to swim and horseback ride to La Vaga ranch for lunch. However, if this paddle is a little too ambitious, you can choose to paddle the waters close to Guajimico and then catch the bus to La Vaga for lunch and horseback ride if interested.

Take a horseback ride back to the beach and paddle back to the Villa Guajimico for dinner at 7:30 p.m. followed by dance under the stars. Please note that stand-up paddle boarders will take a slightly different route on this day that isn’t as long.

Day 8: Off to the airport

After breakfast, enjoy free time until you head to Abel Santamaría Airport (SNU) via a private shuttle. Have a safe flight home and hope to see you again on another Cuba Adventure Company getaway.

Please remember Cuba can be a challenge. Often, things don’t go as planned. Flexible travelers with a sense of humor consider it part of their Cuban adventure. Cuba Adventure Company's Cuban partners work super hard to make your tour unfold seamlessly, but sometimes itinerary changes happen in light of hardships on the island.

Included excursions

  • Boat ride into the treasure lagoon at Guama and paddle there
  • Enjoy a cultural city tour in Ceinfuegos
  • Drive to the "Bay of Pigs"
  • 4x4 mountain truck ride to Topes De Collates
  • Hike to a panoramic view of lake Hanabanilla and the Escambray Mountains
  • Hike ancient coral cliffs and visit magnificent caves of Guajimico
  • Paddle in the Lake Hanabanilla in the lush tropical Escambray Mountains
  • Horseback ride to La Vaga ranch for lunch
  • Paddle eight kilometers to Jibacoa Dam
  • Paddling through the salt flats and visit flamingos of the Zapata National Park
  • Ten kilometers paddle trip to the small mountain village of El Nicho
  • Visit the breeding center of the unique Cuban crocodiles
  • Walk to El Nicho national waterfall park and enjoy a swim there

Location

This camp will take place in various locations in south and central region in Cuba.

Food

This surf camp includes all meals except lunch on arrival day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Optional two-day best of Havana adventure

Extend your Cuban adventure to include two days in Old Havana! Experience the cultural dichotomy that makes Havana one of the most unique cities in the world. A fusion of food, music and art that will leave you wanting more. You will explore this eclectic city by foot, on bikes, or of course classic cars. Please note that this extension is only for groups of six or more. Please contact Cuba Adventure Company if you are interested.

What's included

  • Paddle Lake Hanabanilla in the lush tropical Escambray Mountains
  • Swim at El Nicho waterfall park
  • Glamping under the thatched roofed huts of Rio Negro
  • 4x4 mountain truck tour
  • Mountain coffee and tea house visit
  • Paddle salt flats and visit flamingos of Zapata National Park
  • Paddle Guama Islands
  • Stay in traditional Taino stilted huts
  • Paddle turquoise waters of the Caribbean sea
  • Hike ancient coral cliffs and visit magnificent caves of Guajimico
  • Cienfuegos city cultural experience
  • Private restaurants
  • Snorkeling
  • Horseback riding
  • Airport transfers via private shuttle
  • All meals per day except lunch on arrival day
  • 7 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Lunch on the arrival day
  • Airfare
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Issuing country departure taxes
  • Cuban tourist card (provided by most airlines on route to Cuba) and / or OFAC
  • Health and accident insurance
  • Activities outside the above program
  • Personal incidentals and tipping

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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