Valley of the Sugar Barons

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We travel together on an adventure from the faded elegance of Cuba's capital city to the rural heartland of an island nation. Along the way, I introduce you to the people and the places that have shaped todays' Cuba and take you on an exploration of backroads to the less visited parts of the island. I facilitate authentic cultural exchange through our hosts and by meeting fascinating locals one-on-one.    


Day 1

  • arrival in Havana, Jose Marti Airport 
  • customs clearance & ground transportation to Old Havana
  • check-in family/home-stay, welcome fresh squeezed juice & snack  
  • orientation and welcome lunch - Old Havana walking tour 
  • 8pm Dinner at family owned "Paladar" restaurant 
  • After dinner we explore the nightlife of old Havana and feast on music and colonial tradition

Day 2: 

  • 8am breakfast at family home-stay
  • 9am depart for Playas del Este  
  • we visit an urban agriculture cooperative and sample some organic fare
  • 1pm Visit to beautiful Playa Santa Maria and soak in the natural beauty 
  • afternoon cocktails and fresh seafood by the ocean
  • welcome home fresh fruit juice and coffee 
  • 7pm dinner at family/home-stay
  • after dinner we head out to experience cuban youth culture and a live music performance 

Day 3:

  • 7am breakfast at family home-stay
  • 8am depart for Trinidad (5 hour drive)
  • 11am lunch stop at Cienfuegos for home made ice cream and explore around town
  • Sunset lookout and welcome Pina Coladas 
  • Dinner at Family Homestay
  • in the evening stroll the plaza and get to know rural town life. 

Day 4:

  • 4am light breakfast at family home-stay
  • 5am depart on horseback to Loma de Vigila (3 hours)
  • 10am late lunch 
  • in the afternoon we visit with a local photographer with a unique Cuban style
  • 7pm  Sunset cocktails  

Day 5:

  • 8am breakfast at family/home-stay
  • 9am depart for Playa Ancon
  • We explore rarely visited mountain villages and fishing towns. 
  • lunch seaside on an open fisherman grill while enjoy one of Cuba's finest beaches
  • 6pm fresh squeezed juice and snacks
  • 8pm dinner at home with our local host family
  • in the evening, experience live music and dancing on the central plaza 

Day 6:

  • 7am breakfast at family home-stay
  • 8am depart to Havana  (4 hour drive)
  • around noon we eat lunch on an old Havana balcony with live music 
  • after lunch we visit one of Havana's most complete Art Cooperative market 
  • Airport Drop-off service and flight clearance 


We each have the opportunity to build a better future between these two great nations by fostering relationships built on mutual respect. Ethical travel has the ability to empower everyday Cubans who are embracing new economic reforms. The photos you bring back to family and friends in America will help open minds and hearts. We can all play a role in reconciling our mutual history - one family at a time. 

Small groups - 6 or less persons. $1870 per per person (based on double occupancy) covers all costs once you arrive in Cuba - Airport Pick up & Drop off - All meals & Accommodation - All ground transportation & Guide Services. We also help guide you through visa requirements and make sure you have all of your paperwork in order.  Pick your dates and where you want to go. I take care of the rest.   

Alfredo De Lara

US +1 305 632 9426

CUBA +53 555 87 128