4 daywalks and 3 half-day walks. Altitude maximum 1974m, average 500m.
3 nights comfortable hotels, 6 nights standard hotels, all en suite, 2 nights basic huts, 2 nights bunkhouse and 1 night full-service camping. Hotel in central Havana guaranteed for 2 nights.
14 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 7 dinners included.
This is a B graded trip, with quite a busy itinerary, but there is some free time to relax.
You should also be aware that things can and do go wrong in Cuba, especially as the road infrastructure is in generally poor repair and this can result in delays. This kind of tourism is very much in its infancy.
There are frequent power cuts and the water supply in some hotels can be highly erratic. Cuba is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination and unfortunately the number of hotel rooms available is not increasing at the same rate.
Hotels occasionally cancel bookings at the last minute and they will then find alternative accommodation for the group. This tends to be more likely in peak season. In extreme cases they may have to place groups in nearby towns or in Casa Particulares (private houses that offer a Bed and Breakfast service). This overbooking is affecting all tour operators to the country and you need to be aware that it may affect your trip.
Walking conditions: Dirt vehicle width roads, single track paths, some rocky and slippery when wet, irregularly stepped paths on the ascent and descent from Pico Turquino. The use of two walking sticks will distribute shock to the upper body and reduce damage to the knees when on the stepped paths. Many of the paths are exposed but others are shaded by jungle vegetation and trees. The sun is hot but we may encounter chilly low cloud, wind and some rain when at altitude.
Some days may be ideal for walking, being warm and overcast. Luggage is carried by vehicle on most days except when we do the ascent and descent of Turquino - during this time only sleeping bags and fleeces can be carried by porter and the small amount of clothes and washing gear for the overnight stay must be carried in daysacks. Although this is a B-graded trip, the ascent of Turquino is the most testing part of the trip and due to the long walking times (Day 10), which involves a tough uphill followed by a very long descent, as well as potential weather complications (rain and/or humidity), you should note that this is within the very upper level of the B grade. It may be more suitable for those who have experience of long but non-technical walks.
Normal group size and age
Normally 7 to 16, plus leader. Minimum age 16.
The vast majority of Exodus adventures are adult group holidays. Groups are always small in size. We strongly believe that this adherence to small groups means a better experience for all; more time with your guide, less waiting around and a reduced impact on the communities and environments visited.
Each group is generally made up of like-minded travellers - with singles, couples and friends all joining in together. All these trips are suitable for single travellers, but if you prefer to travel with clients booking individually, please see our Solo Departures page.
No experience is necessary; those who take weekend hill walks in areas like the Peak District or Cotswold’s at home should manage a B-grade trek; good health and reasonable fitness are important. These Moderately graded departures are either fairly easy medium-duration walks or harder, shorter walks.
Walking & Trekking: Trips are wholly trekking-focused or simply include a significant number of walking days during the itinerary.
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