This was a really varied trip in terms of activity and place, with a fair bit of time on the bus but always taking us to a destination worth arriving at! Sunshine, Rum, salsa and good company - what more could you want?
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
I loved our time in Trinidad. Not only was the town fabulous but my experience in the homestay was lovely. To top that off I also managed to fit in salsa dancing in the town square, clubbing in a cave, sailing to an island for Lobster in the sun and site seeing round town.
The family who put me up were v welcoming, the room clean and comfortable and on the whole I actually preferred it to some of the hotels we stayed it. The home stay is a must.
- What did you think of your group leader?
Enio was our leader for the week & Alex our driver. Both of them made our trip all the more excellent with their advice, smiles, salsa dancing, humour and local knowledge.
Even when Enio was poorly and losing his voice he continued to provide a first class service to us all.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
1. Take snacks with you as there are some long travel days and little available on the way
2. Take plenty of sanitiser hand gel and tissues ... you will need them for all public loos. lower your expectations regarding the facilities. Not appalling but not great either. Plus expect to pay small change to use facilities and to be given paper if you don't have any.
3. Make sure you go out dancing both nights in Baracoa - the locals are friendly and the music amazing. Other places did not come up to the experience we had here
4. Definitely try the bean soup at lunch on the first day - it was amazing
5. If you do the catamaran trip from Trinidad then upgrade to the Lobster & Prawn lunch - fabulous especially with the paella, and worth every peso.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
I had heard so many reports about how fabulous Cuba is but how awful the food would be.
My experience was different ... the place is fab but the food was great too! In the last 2 years the rules have changed which have allowed for private restaurants to be opened and I am guessing that this has made teh difference to the state run ones others have experienced. The food was great, the bean soup delicious and I have never eaten so much lobster! if you are a vegetarian then the options will be limited, and everyone was hankering for more salad by week 2 but all in all I have absolutely no complaints about the food.
Other than that - make sure you go with the mind set that you will caste off any inhibitions and try salsa out. In our group there was a smaller contingent who went out salsa-ing most of the time and loved every minute. Where you know how to or not ... throw yourself into it and enjoy it. If in doubt drink more rum until you can't help yourself.