An early departure at 07:30 hrs. takes us away from beautiful Viñales. After approximately 90 minutes we will take a short detour to the Botanical Gardens at Soroa, where the largest collection of Orchids can be found in Latin America. With magnificent views of the rolling palm clad hills of the Sierra Del Rosario the gardens are beautiful and contain over 700 species of Orchid alone!
Going east along the motorway to head south east through the Sugar Cane and Citrus plantations towards the UNESCO preserved Zapata National Park where we stop at Guama.
Guama is 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.
Continuing the journey into the Zapata National Park we reach 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.
After a relaxing lunch in the area we will travel along the south coast as the afternoon progresses and stop at a wonderful oasis! The Cueva De Los Peces is a natural salt water pool set in a beautiful and tranquil woodland location. Take an afternoon cooling swim in the waters and spot the huge variety of tropical fish or take a cocktail or a cool beer and sit and enjoy the sun for a while.
We continue in the late afternoon to Cienfuegos so you can hopefully arrive in time for the sunset across the bay and we will drop you at your accommodation at around 1900 hrs after a fantastic day.
Transport as required with driver/ guide, entrance to Soroa Orchid gardens and waterfall, entrance to Guama and boat ride to the replica village, entrance to the Crocodile Sanctuary, Three course lunch in the Playa Larga area and entrance to Cueva De Los Peces.
Any drinks with lunch and drinks or snacks during the day, tips for driver / guide and local guides, tips at lunch venue.