An amazing adventure covering the many highlights this country has to offer. One of the best Exodus trips I have been on.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
So many inspirational moments ...
Dancing at the Casa de la Trova in Baracoa - an experience not to be missed. I laughed so hard it hurt!!
The most amazing group night out at the Buena Vista Social Club in Havana - music, dancing, cocktails, more cocktails ...
Walking in the Sierra Maestra to find Fidel's hideout - a great walk, with some lovely views, beautiful widlife, and a fascinating history.
The beauty of Trinidad, the history of the Bay of Pigs, swimming at waterfalls, snorkelling in the Caribbean, old cars in Havanna ... I really could go on and on.
- What did you think of your group leader?
Our leader Enio was fantastic. He was knowledgeable, fun, well organised, and nothing was too much trouble.
Our driver Ernesto was also amazing. Driving safely across some difficult roads, long journeys on some days, but always a gentleman, and there to help.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Bring money in £sterling - easy to change throughout the trip. But don't have too much left at the end as the airport didn't have enough to change back, so ended up getting Euros instead!
The US plug is suitable in most hotels, so no problems charging cameras etc.
Very little internet access on trip if you need to log on ... be prepared to go without for two weeks (very refreshing).
Bring plenty of sunscreen as it is hot hot hot!
Be prepared for long journeys at the start of the trip, but it is worth the pain, so you can experience the many wonderful places you will visit.
Bring small soap bars, hotel shampoos etc, the locals really appreciate these token gifts.
Be prepared to drink lots of rum and if you're lucky a little bit more ... and don't forget to pack your dancing shoes!!!!
The food is far better than expected.We went to some lovely local restaurants. Often the choice is limited - but what you have is lovely.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
The optional trips are probably the only negative things I have to say - but this is simply my opinion.
I went on the catamaran trip whilst in Trinidad. The snorkelling is out at sea, and the waves are fairly rough at time - not for novices. The snorkelling was ok - but I would recommend snorkelling at the Bay of Pigs instead which was stunning and included in the trip. The catamaran trip was sold with a seafood lunch included - we had paella and if you looked hard enough you found a prawn. I had a good day with my new friends but I wouldn't recommend the trip.
The Parisien was terrible - you are squashed into a very small space, and the dancing and staging of the show was poor.
Not on the trip notes but should be ... Buena Vista Social Club ... fantastic night out that I defy anyone not to enjoy.
This is the most amazing trip, with so much history, culture, beautiful scenery, and beautiful people. I would highly recommend people to book it.