Prices (2016, in CUC): Adult 109 / Child 82
Frequency: Wednesday and Sunday
Departure time (1st hotel): 7:30 am
Return time: 5:00 pm next day
Inclusions: Tour guide, transportation in air-conditioned bus, meals, 1-night accommodation.
Program: This 2-day tour is a perfect “Nature-Culture” combo to see the Cuban nature and landscape, and also get a cultural experience by visiting a colonial city.
First day: Departure by bus (7:30 am) to Trinidad with a brief stop at the Manaca Iznaga Estate Tower and farm. City tour of Trinidad, the third town founded by the Spanish colonizers in Cuba, also known as the “the Museum City” and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Visit the “Casa Del Alfarero” where you can watch pottery being crafted. Lunch. Free time to explore the cobbled streets of its historical center (Old Trinidad) and do some shopping at the handicraft market. Ride up the mountains of the “Sierra Escambray” while enjoying stunning views of the Trinidad Valley and the Caribbean coast. Check-in at Hotel Los Helechos located inside the Topes de Collantes National Park, about 5 km above Trinidad City.
Second day: Breakfast and check-out. Arrival to “Parque Natural El Cubano” for a walk through the “Huellas de la Historia” nature trails to enjoy the great variety of Cuban nature at the foot of the Guamuhaya mountain massif. The well-maintained trail follows a river with sometimes a few hanging bridges to cross, and leads to the refreshing “Salto de Javira” waterfall where you can swim in a natural pool and watch endemic birds. Enjoy a delicious lunch in an on-site restaurant. Return to the hotels around 5 pm.
Suggestions on what to wear and bring: Walking shoes and comfortable wear (for 2 days), swimwear and towel, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, bottled water, camera, cash in small denominations for souvenirs, drinks and tips.
Note: The farthest city visited during this tour, Trinidad, is about 200 km (124 mi) from the Cayos of Villa Clara.
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