Cuba

Groups

WELCOME TO RUSTIC PATHWAYS IN CUBA!

Experience the sights, sounds, colors, and rhythm of this intriguing Caribbean nation. The island’s vibrant streets, lush rainforests, and pristine coasts will captivate you. Music and dancing are an integral part of life, and the lively beats of the island will provide a tantalizing soundtrack to your trip.

YOUR GROUP JOURNEY THROUGH CUBA

We custom design our Journeys to meet your school’s requirements, so please contact us to discuss the type of experience you are looking for. As a general guide, here are some of the potential elements of your Journey through Cuba:

SERVICE PROJECTS

You will learn how Cubans conserve their natural resources and enjoy the beauty of the country’s pristine parks, forests, and coasts. Rustic Pathways has developed various long-term partnerships with communities and local organisations in Cuba. Some of our service projects that you could support include:

Conservation and environmental rehabilitation: Work alongside local farmers and learn about Cuba’s long-term sustainability and conservation projects and challenges as the country moves from an agricultural to tourism based economy.

Projects with local rangers at a national park: This could include planting tree hatchlings, monitoring wildlife, or other reforestation projects.

Sea turtles: Aid sea turtle conservation efforts in María la Gorda.

EDUCATION AND CULTURAL EXPLORATION

Our immersive and interactive programs are designed to teach you about the country through a local lens. Experience iconic landmarks and build relationships with the Cuban people who will help you understand their culture. Travelling with our local staff will provide students with first-hand insights into life in this country. You may like to incorporate some of the following experiences into your Journey:

History of Cuba: Learn the history of Cuba as you explore the streets of Havana and Trinidad with local guides.

Dancing in Cuba: Interact with Cuban culture during salsa and rumba dances, regional music performances, and engaging camp activities.

Fidel Castro: Witness the hide-outs where Fidel and his rebels waged guerrilla war for nearly two years.

Explore the main cities of Cuba: Wander the streets of Havana, Trinidad, and Santiago de Cuba and marvel at Cuba’s extensive diversity that spans more than five centuries.

ADVENTURE AND CHALLENGE

Explore valleys, beaches, and forgotten villages… Adventure and challenge is inherent to every Journey, however,
if you are looking to physically challenge your students through a specific activity, you may opt to include:

Trek: Throw on the backpack and trek through the Lomas de Banao ecological preserve to see incredible waterfalls and camp under the stars.

Discover: Wander through Cuba’s natural protected areas and witness the beauty of its incredible karst formations.

Swim: Take a dip in the beautiful pristine coastal keys.

Hike, camp, horseback ride, and climb: So much adventure awaiting you in the Valle de Viñales, Guanahacabibes and Sierra Maestra National Parks.

Snorkel: Enjoy the underwater world in the infamous Bay of Pigs.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Hotels: A variety of 3, 4 & 5 star hotels in cities and towns.

Guesthouses: Rustic Pathways uses this accommodation style in some of our smaller towns we visit.

Tents: Camping in shared tents when in remote places is a great way to experience the Cuban countryside.

SPECIAL REQUESTS

Please chat to us if you have any special requests that you would like included in your Journey. There is nothing too big, small, or out-of-the-box that we can’t handle.

WHAT NEXT?

Please email us at rustic@rusticpathways.com.au to start designing your Journey! We would be delighted to partner with your school to support the global education of your students.