An early departure takes us away to beautiful Viñales, along the motorway through the Sugar Cane and Citrus plantations. We will pass through the UNESCO preserved Zapata National Park where we stop at the Bay of Pigs and Guamá.
The first stop however will be in Cienfuegos known as the Pearl of the South, a city with a strong French colonial atmosphere and overlooking a beautiful bay. We will wander through the central squares and along the “Malecón” promenade.
After leaving Cienfuegos we continue to the Bay of Pigs, the site of the failed CIA backed invasion of Cuba that was repelled by the revolutionary troops led by Fidel Castro himself. We will briefly visit the museum to gain an insight into one of the major world events from the 1960s and an important date in Cuba’s revolutionary history.
Lunch will take place in a local restaurant.
Our next stop on the list is Guamá, a replica village of Cuba’s earliest settlers the Taino Indians who lived on the island in the 1100s, the original settlers on the island. Located on a string of small islands and reached by an exhilarating boat ride through the mangroves, there are also a number of life size sculptures depicting the life of these early settlers. A crocodile sanctuary is also located here and you can enter the sanctuary to see the reptiles basking in the sun.
After a full day, we can relax on the bus admiring the landscape and observing the changes in the local plantations, from sugar cane and citrus to tobacco on arrival at Viñales.
Transport as required with driver/ guide, tour of Cienfuegos, entrance to Bay of Pigs museum, entrance to Guamá and boat ride to the replica village, entrance to the Crocodile Sanctuary, three course lunch in the Playa Larga area with one drink included (water, beer, soft drink, rum based drink).
Any drinks required with lunch and any snacks or drinks during the day, tips for driver / guide and local guides, tips at lunch venue.
Private Sightseeing Transfer:
By booking the tour on a private basis you have the option to stay longer at the sights along the way or indeed add some extra visits if you wish. Perhaps spend a little longer in Playa Larga and take in a swim or even a short snorkeling trip. Or spend longer in Cienfuegos and enjoy an evening drink overlooking the bay, bliss!
Payment for any extra services that you may wish to enjoy in addition to the services included on the standard tour are payable locally in Cuba. Please do advise us of your requirements in advance so we can brief the driver.