Whether you want to explore Cuba alone, with friends or family, as a budget backpacker or a detail-orientated luxurious holiday, you’ll want to have some idea of where you’re going and what you should do.
Cuba is such a complex island and it’s certainly not like travelling to Spain or Thailand. You won’t find signs in English, many Cubans only speak Spanish, tourism infrastructure isn’t to a consistently level, and if you’re not careful, your entire trip will be scam after scam after scam.
I spent many years living in Viñales, a small but touristic village 3 hours west of Havana. During my time there, I supported many locals who worked in tourism by planning the trips of their visitors.
Believe me when I tell you that 95% of the travellers who came to us in Viñales after having been blindly walking around Havana and the rest of the island, told me they breathed a sigh of relief to have found me.
I was able to help the navigate and avoid the scams, keep costs down in an otherwise pricey country, travel in comfort and style, and be within family rather than hustlers.