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Cuba Salsa Or Spanish & Trek


from $2,020* per person 14 Days Year-round
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Andean Trails 16 people max
  • Santiago de cuba
  • Active & Adventure trips

The trip combines intensive Spanish tuition or Cuban dance classes for one week in Santiago de Cuba, with a second week trekking in the Sierra Maestra mountains including climbing Pico Turquino (1972m), the highest peak in Cuba.

The Salsa dance classes are taught by professional tutors from the Ballet Folklorico Cutumba, one of Cuba’s most famous dance and music companies whilst you study Spanish with our professionally qualified and experienced Cuban teachers.

The Pico Turquino trek is accompanied by fully qualified, bilingual specialist guides.

Included in the tour are: 13 nights accommodation, single or shared room, half board homestay or B&B hostal accommodation in Santiago de Cuba, full board in the Sierra Maestra national park in mountain refuges, B&B 3*** hotel accommodation for the last night in Havana; all group airport transfers and transport for trekking; 5 days x 3 hours of Cuban Salsa dance or Spanish language classes, 2 afternoon cultural activities, 2 nights out to live music venues, services of bilingual tour leader throughout.

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2 testimonials about the provider, Andean Trails :

  • Reviewer: located in USA

    We had a WONDERFUL time – really incredible.  All the folks we traveled/worked with were great.  We really enjoyed Zacharias  – he was very knowledgeable, and I really tested him on the plants!  The only comment we would probably have was with the excursion to Taquile – I would have much rather spent more time on Amantani.  It was really just a hike of the island and people watching…

    I’m sure I’ll send back more comments as I get caught up back here!  We really had a super time, and really look forward to another trip back to Peru.  Let Tom know we’re thinking Galapagos for next April… J


  • Reviewer: located in England

    The Paine trek was fantastic. After hearing horror stories from other travellers about the gale-force winds & horizontal rain, I couldn't believe my luck when we had 4 days of blue sky and only a little bit of wind on the last day. Perfect.
    Our guide, Jay (Chaid is his real name I think, he's from turkey) was brilliant. He couldn't have done more for us, sorting out a few things in the hotel as well as making sure we didn't have to worry about anything other than putting one foot in front of the other. He also made the worlds best sandwiches! I said a big thank you but would be grateful if you could pass this on. So you couldn't have done a better job.

    Thanks again for your help with organising it all, I've got some great photos to make everyone jealous with (& just the one blister!)

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Special information

  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.


Day 1     

Arrive Holguin airport and transfer to Santiago de Cuba and hotel or homestay.

Welcome briefing meeting, orientation tour of the city, afternoon cultural activity.

Morning classes x 3 hours (Spanish or Cuban dance), 2 afternoon cultural visits, 3 accompanied evenings out to live music venues and clubs.

Transfer to Santa Domingo via Bayamo. Overnight stop and prepare for trek.

Travel by truck to Alto de Naranjo, visit La Comandancia, Fidel’s strategic base in the Sierra Maestra mountains, lunch and afternoon visit to La Platica ecological community. Overnight in Santa Domingo.

Early morning departure for 4-5 hours walking to the Aguada de Joaquin refuge, our overnight stop. Lunch en route.

Climb Pico Turquino and descend to La Majagua refuge (6-7 hours walking). Overnight stop.

Descend to Las Cuevas on the coast (2 hours), transfer to Santiago de Cuba. Free afternoon and last night party in Santiago de Cuba.

Morning flight to Havana and free afternoon to explore the city. Evening cultural activity.

Optional guided walking tour of Old Havana and visit to craft markets. Transfer to airport for evening flight back to UK.

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