Great trip seeing most of the country, but some long coach journeys in the second week. Great Salsa, good rum and an interesting socialist culture.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Dancing on the steps in Trinidad was definitely a highlight. Also the trek in the mountains to Fidel's "base of operations" during the revolution.
Baracoa is completely different from the rest of the country, more laid back, and well worth the trip.
- What did you think of your group leader?
Tony, our leader, was excellent - very knowledgeable about the history and the culture of the country, but also good at dancing salsa. Nothing was ever too much trouble for him.
Jose, our coach driver, was great - it was a full sized coach for 18, so lots of room to stretch out, and he was with us all the time so we could take the coach out in the evenings which made organising things a lot simpler.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Make the most of the night culture - dancing salsa and sharing a bottle of rum is all part of the experience!
Despite all the warnings, the food is fine - we even had lobster, but everything comes with rice & beans and salad! And you can get pringle crisps, bottled water and loads of fresh fruit (especially bananas).
Be prepared for the long trip back from Baracoa but don't let it put you off the trip. The team do their best to break it up, but there's not much to see until you get back to Havana.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
- If there's any chance to fly safely back from Baracoa to Havana, take it!