As the name might suggest, The Untamed East is Wild! This 11 day Adventure in the far East of Cuba or the Oriente as it is commonly referred to is our guides favourite. They say the hardest places to get to tend to be the most beautiful and The Untamed East is no exception.
It is so steeped in culture and rich in history that it often called the “cradle” of Cuban history. Suffice to say that both Fidel and Raul Castro were born here; Jose Marti died here; Christopher Columbus landed here; it holds the shrine to Cuba’s patron saint and features the oldest Spanish colonial cities on the island and is the birthplace of Cuban music.
The diversity of ecosystems ranges from lush tropical rainforest to desert, with white powder beaches, pristine coral reefs, extreme waterfalls, and remote rivers few foreigners have ever seen. To top it off, it is the Chocolate capital of Cuba! You will see, taste and experience all of this on this once in a lifetime adventure!
11 Days / 10 Nights
per person from:$2,699
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“This is the most exciting trip being offered in Cuba for active adventure minded travellers wanting to experience real Cuban culture and raw nature away from the crowds.”
— Tim Shaw
Hiking to Spectacular Waterfalls
Horseback Riding Along the Ocean
SUP'ing the Tao River
SUP'ing the Yumuri River
Pristine Coral Reefs
Trekking the Yunque
Music, Dance and Culture
And much, much more...
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DAY 1: PINARES DE MAYARI VILLAGE
Arrival at HOG International Airport. You will be welcomed outside the airport by your Cuban guide and professional bus driver. Exchange your money into the local Cuban currency (C.U.C.). Enjoy the comfort of the coach bus while taking in the scenery on route to Pinares de Mayari Village. Check-in and enjoy the peaceful mountain atmosphere with an optional short hike to a beautiful vista. Dinner at the resort. Enjoy free time after dinner.ACCOMMODATION: Pinares de Mayari Village
Day 2: EL SALTO DEL GUAYABO/CAYO SAETIA/SAFARI
7:30am Breakfast at the resort. Hike “El Salto del Guayabo” one of the Caribbean’s tallest waterfalls. A traditional charcoaled BBQ feast perched high up on a covered look out on top of the waterfalls after your hike. Check in to Cayo Saetia Village which is located in a 45 square kilometer island nature reserve. Pristine private beach minutes away if you are looking for some peace and solitude. 7:30pm Dinner at resort.ACCOMMODATION: Cayo Saetia Village
DAY 3: HORSEBACK RIDING/EL RACHON PLAYA/SNORKELING
8:00am Breakfast. Horseback riding on the beautiful white sand beaches Lunch is at “El Ranchon Playa” which has a breathtaking view of the Caribbean Sea. Stand Up Paddleboarding and Snorkeling at the local reef just off the beautiful white sand beaches. 7:30pm Dinner back at resortACCOMMODATION: Cayo Saetia Village
DAY 4: CITY OF BARACOA
8:00am Breakfast. Depart to the city of Baracoa. This is a long, twisty drive but as we get closer to Baracoa the famous lush tropical scenery of the far East begins to immerge. Stop at the small community of La Vega del Taco to see how the locals prepare traditional east coast snacks like Cucurucho. Visit “Alexander Van Humboldt” National Park. Arrive in the city of Baracoa, the oldest Spanish settlement in Cuba. Check-in at “El Castillo hotel for a late lunch. This hotel was once a Spanish colonial fort and is perched overlooking the city and Bay of Baracoa. Walking tour of the city. 7:30pm Dinner at “La Punta” Restaurant in Baracoa.ACCOMMODATION: El Castillo Hotel
DAY 5: TOA RIVER/BEACHES OF BARACOA
7:30am Breakfast. 8:00am departure to Toa River. Stand Up Paddleboard the wild, remote Toa River. Lunch at “Rancho Toa” Restaurant for an authentic Baracoa lunch. Explore the famous black sand beaches of Baracoa. 7:30pm Dinner at the hotelACCOMMODATION: El Castillo Hotel
DAY 6: YUNQUE/FINCA DUABA/CASA DE LA TROVA
7:30am Breakfast. Hike The Yunque of Baracoa. Visit the “Finca Duaba” and cocoa plantation tour. Baracoa is not only the most beautiful area in all of Cuba, it is also the Chocolate capital of Cuba. Lunch at “El Cacahual” Restaurant. Check-in to Porto Santo hotel. 7:30pm Dinner at the hotel. Depart to “Casa de La Trova” in town for authentic traditional Cuban music.ACCOMMODATION: Porto Santo Hotel
DAY 7: YUMURI RIVER/MAISI
7:30am Breakfast. Stand up Paddleboard the spectacular Yumuri River. Lunch will be on the River. 7:30pm Dinner is at the hotelACCOMMODATION: Porto Santo Hotel
DAY 8: SANTIAGO/CASA DE LA TROVA
7:30am Breakfast. Depart to Santiago de Cuba city via La Farola. Authentic Cuban sea side lunch by local fisherman and family. Check in to Hotel Casa Granda downtown Santiago. 7:30pm dinner at Hotel. Traditional music and dance at Casa De la TrovaACCOMMODATION: Hotel Casa Granda or a similar Hotel right downtown Santiago
DAY 9: LA GRAN PIEDRA / LA ISABELICA MUSEUM
8:00am breakfast. City Tour of Santiago de Cuba. Lunch at a local restaurant. Depart to “la Gran Piedra” via 4 by 4 jeeps and walk up the steps to the top and hike to “la Isabelica” Museum. An early 19th century coffee plantation recognized by UNESCO. Check-in to La Gran Piedra cabins over looking the Santiago and the Caribbean ocean. 7:30pm Dinner at the mountain top lodgeACCOMMODATION: La Gran Piedra Cabins
DAY 10: SANTIAGO TO HOLGUIN'S HOTEL PLAYA COSTA VERDES
8:00am breakfast at the mountain top lodge. Depart to Holguin. Check-in to luxury beach resort Hotel Playa Costa Verde. 7:30 dinner at the resortACCOMMODATION: Hotel Playa Costa Verde
DAY 11: OFF TO THE AIRPORT
After breakfast, it’s off to HOG International airport via a private bus shuttle. Our goal is to always meet or exceed your expectations. From the staff at Earth Travellers we thank-you very much for choosing our adventure. Have a safe flight home and we hope to see you again on another Earth Travellers get-a-way.ACCOMMODATION: Your own bed!
Airport transfers within the program
All transport and listed activities within the program
Experienced Guides - English speaking qualified /certified/approved
Cuba can be a challenge. Often things don’t go as planned. Flexible travelers with a sense of humor consider it part of their Cuban adventure. Our Cuban partners work super hard to make your tour unfold seamlessly, but sometimes itinerary changes happen in light of hardships on the island.
Activities and accommodation outside the program
Lunch on the arrival day
Airfare to and from the country where your trip takes place
Issuing Country Departure Taxes
Cuban Tourist Card (provided by most airlines on route to Cuba) and / or OFAC
Health and accident insurance valid for length of your chosen trip in the country where your trip takes place
Activities outside the above program
Personal incidentals and tipping