Cuba is the Caribbean’s largest and most diverse island. It boasts a rich, intriguing and exciting history of exploration, conquest and revolution, and has an enormously eclectic mix of people, cultural traditions and architectural styles. As an added bonus, the island is a perfect destination for nature lovers too. The island is guarded by miles of talcum-white beaches and a magnificent coral reef, rich in marine life and second in length only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Inland, mountains climb skyward, hills covered with sugar-cane roll into the horizon, and lush rainforests, teeming with life, complete the rich landscape. What better way to explore all of this than to take a tour of Cuba? Cuba tours can be arranged in all sorts of ways. Here at Esencia Experiences, we offer a bespoke, luxury service, arranging only the best excursions and tours of Cuba, and removing all the hassle that goes with booking them. And what does a tour of Cuba have to offer?
Discover Cuba’s captivating scenery, the mountains, hills and spectacular white beaches and coral reef. See Cuba’s native Caribbean flamingos, bathing in the shallow waters of Cayo Coco. Take a walk in the thick rainforests and hike up Cuba’s rugged peaks, discovering caves and secret hideouts. But beautiful Cuba does not comprise only natural beauty, but man-made beauty too. In Havana, discover the most eclectic mix of architecture in the world, including neoclassical, colonial, baroque and art deco. Marvel at Havana’s beautiful harbours and nighttime city lights. And visit the thriving green tobacco plantations at Pinar del Rio – the source of Cuba’s world-famous cigar industry and a real treat for the eyes.
Beyond beautiful Cuba, you discover historic Cuba, and no tour of Cuba would be complete without giving you a picture of Cuba’s fascinating past. Havana is a very good place to start. Explore the fortresses and castles that encircle the city, built by the Spanish to protect it during the Spanish conquest. Visit the Plaza Vieja, once the site of executions, fiestas and bullfights. And see the sights of the Museum of the Revolution, located in the former Presidential Palace of dictator Fulgencio Batista, which offers valuable and enlightening insights into the Cuban revolution. Beyond Havana, you might want to pay a visit to Baracoa, and stand on the spot where Christopher Columbus landed in Cuba in 1492. You might also hike up to Comandancia de la Plata in the Sierra Maestra mountains, and see revolution leader Fidel Castro’s secret hideout. Santa Clara is another historical hotspot; here is where the final battle of the revolution took place, and where Che Guevara, a major figure in the revolution and a global symbol of rebellion in popular culture, is buried.
Cuba is also renowned for its vibrant culture. All across the island, you’ll find exciting nightlife hotspots, stunning restaurants, film festivals, ballet, fine arts and the famous Cigar Festival. Esencia Experiences can help you explore these cultural highlights, and the Cuba tours we organise will comprise any and all of the events you are interested in experiencing. Our in-depth knowledge of the island means we can recommend the best experiences, in an effort to make sure your holiday to Cuba is an unforgettable one.