I would like to start saying that Cuba was never part of my bucket list, it is one of these destinations that I never thought “I have to go”. I was having a chat with one of my friends, Veronica, you may have seen me mentioning her quite a few times by now, and she ask me if I wanted to go to Cuba.
“Cuba? It is not in my bucket list” I thought first but sometimes you just have to say yes. So I did. I started to feel so excited and now I can say that it didn´t dissapoint me. It is just beautiful. I didn´t expect Cuba to be like it actually is: full of contrast, full of colours, full of life.
So I embraced it with all my heart and all my soul.
Are you planning to go to Cuba but you are not sure where to go? Here you can find a suggested itinerary for two weeks:
1. La Havana (3 nights)
Note: Initially we where going to stay 2 nights but we had a problem with the rental car company, Cubacar, and we couldn´t pick our car up til the evening and it was too dark to drive.
2. Viñales (3 nights) and day trip to Cayo Levisa
3. Cienfuegos (1 night)
4. Trinidad (3 nights)
5. Cayo Coco (2 nights)
6. Santa Clara and back to La Havana (1 night)
If you ask me about the itinerary…
What I liked the most?
- Viñales and Cayo Levisa
- La Havana
What I liked the least?
- Cayo Coco
What would I have done differently?
- Rethinking the itinerary or considering a different mode of transport: I have to recognise that the itinerary was perhaps too tight for the time we had and I had the impression that we spent too much time driving rather than enjoying. The truth is that we were five people so the car was a very convenient way to move around and buses don´t give you the flexibility and freedom you can have with a rental car and the group was too big for a taxi colectivo, it would´ve had an impact on our budget.
- Check the sunset time: we didn´t take that into account and it is a point to seriously consider if you are thinking of renting a car. The roads are not straight forward so you have to drive during the day when it´s not dark.
- Skipped Cienfuegos: there is no much you can do there. It is true that it´s very characteristic and deserves a visit, but it´s not a must. You can instead spend one additional day at Trinidad and do a day trip or half a day trip to Cienfuegos. It´s was convenient because we needed to rest because it is a long trip from Viñales but it´s just 1 hour and 20 minutes drive to Trinidad, the next stop. It´s not that is half way from Viñales to Trinidad.
- Skipped Cayo Coco: and spend more time around Viñales and visit Cayo Jutias instead or Maria La Gorda or both, I really loved this region and wouldn´t have minded to spend more time in there whilst Cayo Coco is just, from my point of view, a resort area. Cayo Coco is very far from Trinidad and even further to La Havana. We arrived very late and we had to leave very early on the day, meaning that we stayed there for a day and a couple of hours, it wasn´t worth the effort.
Overall, I really loved this trip: it was full of surprises, encountered feelings and fun, we had loads of fun and that´s for sure!
Have you ever been in Cuba? What did you do or would have done differently? What did you like the most and the least about your itinerary?
Stay around witties!