Hiking and Trekking in Cuba: La Comandancia and La Platica

Cuba has some of the most spectacular and unspoiled mountain scenery in the Caribbean. Our treks are mainly based around the Pico Turquino National Park and the Sierra Maestra mountain range in the southeast of the island, where we are surrounded by a range of tropical flora and fauna and a wide variety of birdlife.

This is an easy to moderate level hike, suitable for reasonably fit people of all ages.

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  • Duration: 3 days/ 2 nights
  • Start dates:  All year round
  • 1 person: £580
    2 persons: £360 pp
    3-4 persons: £325pp
    5-6 persons: £270 pp

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“The visit to La Comandancia was very impressive and the accommodation and meals during the trek were better than I expected….especially the special care taken with carrying my eggs on the trails to accommodate my vegetarian diet…. the cooks were great and all such nice people.”

JC, Feb 2012

This 3 day trip offers fully guided hiking in the Pico Turquino national park, available all year round (weather permitting). The itinerary includes lower level trekking without climbing Pico Turquino, and lets you experience the natural beauty and tropical vegetation of the Sierra Maestra mountains and the park area as well as including a visit to the fascinating site of La Comandancia where Fidel was based in the lead up to the Revolution.

You are advised to bring a day pack with you for carrying items you may need on the hiking trip such as wipes, suncream, water and any energy snacks.  The hiking trails are generally good, so a strong pair of trainers or light walking shoes/boots will be adequate for this trip.

  • Day 1

    Depart Santiago for Santo Domingo mid morning via the historic city of Bayamo.  Transport by private taxi/minibus with bilingual guide. Short walking tour of historic Bayamo and lunch in local restaurant (not included).  Check into 3* hotel in Santo Domingo or San Bartolome at the gateway to the national park, or in Bayamo if there is no availability in Santo Domingo/San Bartolome. Dinner and free evening.

  • Day 2

    After breakfast, depart by jeep/truck for Alto de Naranjo, with guided visit to La Comandancia, Fidel’s secret revolutionary base in the Sierra Maestra mountains. 2 hours hiking each way. Picnic lunch included. Time and energy permitting, hike to La Platica ecological community (45 minutes each way). Return by jeep to Santo Domingo and overnight in hotel. Dinner and free evening.

  • Day 3

    Morning departure after breakfast for Santiago de Cuba by private transfer. Arrive around lunchtime. End of trip.

You are advised to bring a day pack with you for carrying items you may need on the hiking trip such as wipes, suncream, water and any energy snacks.  The hiking trails are generally good, so a strong pair of trainers or light walking shoes/boots will be adequate for this trip.

Price includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation in 3* Villa Santo Domingo or equivalent hotel, shared room
  • All meals (picnic lunch on day 2) from dinner on day 1 in Santo Domingo to breakfast on day of departure
  • 1 full day guided hike to La Comandancia and La Platica
  • Air-conditioned transport to/from Santiago de Cuba to Santo Domingo (3.5 hours each way)
  • National park guide(s)
  • National park entry fees
  • Bilingual guide to accompany trip from Santiago and back

 

Please note that the price does not include:

  • International flights*
  • Cuban tourist card (the required visa)*
  • Airport transfers*
  • Tips

* These can be arranged by us on request

1 person: £580
2 persons: £360 pp
3-4 persons: £325 pp
5-6 persons: £270 pp

The one person price is based on single room hotel accommodation (two nights). All other prices are based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Where there is an odd number of people in the group, a single supplement of £20 per night will apply to the person taking a single room.

Additional trekking and walking trips can be organised from Santiago de Cuba to El Salton, Baracoa and Gran Piedra – ask us for details!

“[Caledonia were] the inspiration, the brains and the organisation behind my amazing holiday to Cuba.  I can’t tell you how little I did, other than talk it all through with Caledonia, and then arrive and have a fantastic holiday.  It all went better than I could have imagined, and I would definitely go through Caledonia again.”

ED, London, April 2013