Top rated tourist attractions in Cuba

Top rated tourist attractions in Cuba

Type of tour: Multi-Destine - Mix Tour

  • Multi-Destine - Mix Tour

    Top rated tourist attractions in Cuba

    Cuba is perhaps the most fascinating island in the Caribbean -- if you can get there. It's a contradictory destination where stunning beaches and luxurious tourist-only resorts mask the true conditions under which most Cubans live. If you go, take time not only to savor this country’s extraordinary beauty, but to talk to the people, listen to their music, and explore their cities and towns — this is the essence of traveling to Cuba.

    We offers lodging in particular houses in all the destinations.

    All places to visit in this tour!

  • 1 - Old Havana (Habana Vieja)

    A UNESCO world heritage site, Habana Vieja or Old Havana is a well-preserved slice of Cuban history. Strolling around the cobbled streets and gazing up at the grand Baroque and neoclassical buildings, it's easy to imagine what life in Cuba was like 200 years ago. Extensive renovations are now breathing new life into the historic buildings. Major attractions here include the Plaza de la Catedral, home to the Cuban BaroqueCatedral de San Cristobal; the legendary restaurant and Hemingway hangout,Bodeguita del Medio; and the military fortress, Castillo de la Real Fuerza. Also in the Old Town, Plaza Vieja is one of Havana's most vibrant gathering spots. The main building of note here is the 18th-century Casa del Conde Jaruco with beautiful stained glass windows on the first floor. Nearby, the camera obscura offers fantastic views from its 35-meter tower. Visitors should allow at least a day to explore the Old Town and more if time permits.

  • 2 - Valle de Viñales

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Parque Nacional Vinales is a beautiful, verdant valley in the Sierra de los Organos, north of Pinar del Rio. Steep limestone hills called mogotes slice through the valleys creating a dramatic landscape. The valley floors in the Parque Nacional Vinales are agricultural areas where tobacco, fruit, and vegetables are grown. For outdoor enthusiasts, the park offers fantastic hiking and horseback riding in the hills. Nearby, the charming town of Vinales is a great base for exploring the surrounding area.

    We offers day trips here from Havana.

  • 3 - Peninsula de Zapata (Ciénaga de Zapata)

    A haven for birders and nature lovers, the Peninsula de Zapata is a remote, sparsely populated area of Cuba with diverse landscapes and one of the largest wetlands in the Caribbean. The Cienaga de Zapata, or the Zapata Swamp as it is affectionately known, is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, home to approximately 150 different species of birds, including rare bandicoots, waterhens, parrots, and heron. Crocodiles are also common. One part of the peninsula is a designated nature reserve, the Gran Parque Natural de Montemar, where visitors can see some of these creatures in their natural habitats. At the mouth of the Bay of Pigs (Bahia de Cochinos) is Playa Giron, the famous site of the 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion. Visitors can explore this fascinating history at the small Museo Giron. At the top of the Bay of Pigs, Playa Larga is home to a beautiful long beach backed by lush vegetation. Avid divers can explore the underwater wildlife at numerous dive sites here along the reef. Northeast of Playa Larga lies a large bird sanctuary and the International Bird Center (Centro Internacional de Aves). Boca de Guama is the peninsula's tourist center and its main attraction is the Criadero de Cocodrilos, a crocodile farm. Nearby, on Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake) liesVilla Guama, a tourist resort designed as an Indian Village that is only accessible by boat.

  • 4 - Santa Clara

    When beach towns and resorts all start to seem the same, Santa Clara, in the province of Villa Clara, will add some depth to a Cuban itinerary. Rich in cultural attractions, Santa Clara is a vibrant university town and the famous site of the last guerrilla battle led by Che Guevara in 1958. His body was laid to rest here, and his mausoleum and monument, the Memorial Comandante Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, are the town's big attractions. Etched on the bronze statue of Che Guevara in Plaza de la Revolucion is his final letter to Fidel Castro, while the mausoleum lies beneath. Adjacent to the monument, the Museo Historico de la Revolucion exhibits some of Che's personal items. Che fans should also see the poignant Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, a small boxcar museum and the site of the final battle between Che Guevara and the Batista troops. Santa Clara is also home to Teatro de la Caridad (circa 1885), one of Cuba's few surviving theaters. Despite several renovations, much of the original interior, including the furniture, artwork, and décor, remains in its original condition.

  • 5 - Cienfuegos

    Cienfuegos is a much slower paced city than Havana. It has a pretty main square and some good restaurants, but what really make the city stand out are the attractions nearby. There is plenty to do here, from soaking up history at the castle to swimming in natural pools and waterfalls at El Nicho and getting back to nature at the beautiful Laguna Guanaroca. Wander around the castle to learn about the history of piracy in the waters around the bay, or for something different, El Nicho is best visited with friends, and a bottle of rum to chill in the cool water! If you need some peace and quiet after the hustle & bustle of Havana, Laguna Guanaroca is a must. Take a boat out to see hundreds of flamingos, and sit back & relax as your guide rows you around the lake, enjoying the sound of water lapping against the boat, and the occasional squawk of a bird. Then in the evening head to the plaza to find live music & dancing – real Cuban style of course! Cienfuegos really has something for everyone, and should be on any Cuban itinerary!

  • 6 - Trinidad

    Exploring the town of Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is like stepping back in time. The beautifully restored buildings and cobblestone streets in the city center imbue a quaint colonial feel. Much of the architecture dates from the 17th to the 19th century when Trinidad prospered from both the sugar and slave trades. Today, Trinidad is one of Cuba's most popular tourist towns and the streets are often packed with foreigners. Travelers can soak up the lively ambiance of this charming city in the cobblestone Plaza Mayor, the city's central square. Above the square stands the Neoclassical Church of the Holy Trinity (Iglesia Parroquial de la Santisima Trinidad). Other highlights are the Church and Monastery of Saint Francis (Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco) with its distinctive bell tower, the Museum of Colonial Architecture (Museo de Arquitectura Colonial), the art gallery at the Casa de Aldeman Ortiz, and the Palacio Brunet, a grand home, built in 1812 and still featuring original frescoes and marble floors. East of Trinidad, on the road to Sancti Spiritus, the lush World Heritage-listed Valle de los Ingenios contains numerous relics and monuments from the 19th century when the sugar cane plantations and mills flourished. It's also a great place to drive or horseback ride through the beautiful scenery of green sugar cane fields, palm trees, and mountains.

  • 7 - Santiago de Cuba

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Castillo del Morro is one of the best-preserved Spanish fortresses of the 17th century. It stands at the entrance to the Bay of Santiago, about 10 kilometers southwest of Santiago de Cuba, the country's second largest city. Perched high atop a cliff, the structure was designed in 1587, but took decades to build and was finally completed at the end of the 17th century. It was originally intended to protect against pirate attacks, but also served as a prison in the late 1700s before being once again converted into a fortress. Today, visitors can explore the many different levels of the fort, learn about pirates and the fort history in the small museum, and enjoy impressive views over the bay. Other cultural highlights of Santiago de Cuba include the Diego Velasquez Museum andCementerio de Santa Ifigenia, home to the remains of some of Cuba's most famous military figures. Less than an hour from the city by car, Parque Baconao is a World Heritage Biosphere Reserve, where travelers can tour coffee plantations, wander through beautiful botanical gardens, and enjoy stunning 360-degree views over the mountains and sea from the 1,234 meter summit of Gran Piedra, a large volcanic rock.

  • 8 - Baracoa

    One of the highlights of eastern Cuba is beautiful Baracoa, the oldest city in the country. It was founded in 1511 in the province of Guantanamo and construction began on the first church here around that time. Cut off from much of the outside world until the 1960s when the La Farola highway was built, the city still has a remote feel. Today, visitors come here for the charming colonial architecture and lush countryside where waterfalls and pretty beaches provide a cool counterpoint to the steamy jungle. The flat-topped peak of El Yunque presides over all this tropical beauty, beckoning hikers to take the guided ascent to its 589 meter summit. The hillside is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve where rare birds and plants thrive. To really appreciate the spectacular scenery, visitors should take a drive down the winding La Farola highway, a 49-kilometer stretch from Baracoa over the mountains to Cajobabo. The Museo Municipal is also worth a look. Housed in the Fuerte Matachin military fortress, it provides a glimpse of Baracoa's fascinating history, and the fort itself offers great views over the bay. About 20 kilometers northwest of Baracoa is one of the area's best beaches, picture-perfect Playa Maguana. The adventurous can rent a bicycle in Baracoa and peddle out here. Flights to Baracoa depart frequently from Havana.