CUBA 2017//4 NIGHTS & 5 DAYS

Travel to Havana, Cuba with El Camino Travel and a Group Photographer so you can enjoy the highly immersive El Camino experience.

$2295 PER TRAVELER


HAVANA | CUBA 2017 ITINERARY

jolyn@elcamino.travel
 

* A quick note on the meals marked with an asterisk. We will arrange all restaurant reservations to make sure you get a seat at some of the best culinary spots in town, but we have found in our experience that travelers receive better food and better service when it is not included in a pre-paid tour package. However, you will be able to order from the menu and eat what you want, free from pre-fix meal constraints. 


TRIP DATES

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  • FEBRUARY 22ND-26TH, 2017
    (SOLD OUT!)

  • MARCH 8TH-12TH, 2017 
    (SOLD OUT!)

  • APRIL 19TH-23RD, 2017
    (SOLD OUT!) 

 

IT'S ALL IN THE FINE PRINT

Who Is This Trip For? 

How would we describe this trip? Electric, adventurous, eccentric, spontaneous, and vibrant are a few words that come to mind! Restful...? Not so much. Rejuvenating and invigorating? Absolutely.

During our five days in Cuba, you best believe we will be making the absolute most of the long weekend trip. If you have been following us for some time, you know that we go above and beyond to ensure that you are not getting stuck in the tourist traps (there are many in Cuba); we've worked closely with incredible local talent to create people-to people experiences that immerse you in this unique country while also enabling you to have meaningful conversations with Cubanos.

Traveling with El Camino means that you will not waste time figuring out where to go, what to see, and where to eat (and dance!). No, with El Camino, we bring you right to the heart and soul of Havana and put you face-to-face with the innovators and change makers who are taking Cuba into the future.

On our trip, we will also spend one day in the countryside of Vinales Valley exploring the rural lifestyle many Cubans inhabit. This way, you'll discover a sensibility beyond Havana and hear the cross-generational voices of the Cuban countryside.

Also, we get it, visa requirements and barriers to entry have kept you, and many others, from seriously considering a trip to Cuba. El Camino will provide you with high-level customer service before, during, and after the trip, ensuring throughout that you are legally compliant with any travel mandates to Cuba. (See more info under 'Basic Info.') Now, we cannot promise you won't encounter the unexpected in Cuba. In fact, you most likely will. For better or worse, surprises are part of the Cuban experience. Hell, it's part of travel. What we can promise is that our team will assist you with any surprises throughout the duration of your trip. If you're not willing to go with the flow, please consider postponing your trip to Cuba for a few years as its aging infrastructure catches up with its growing tourism needs.

In addition, internet is hard to come by and takes much effort to get. Please expect to be digitally disconnected the whole time as we will not spend anytime chasing down the wifi signal. Instead, we will be following the intoxicating beats of Cuban music pulsating from every street corner.

Photography Component

It is important to note that we provide a group photographer so that our travelers can go back to being present and in the moment rather than worrying about capturing the moment. They are the photographer for the whole group and not a personal photographer to each individual traveler. Because of the lack of availability of internet access, we will provide travelers with 100 images within 24 hours of the trip ending and an additional 150 within three weeks.  We provide our travelers with dynamic and candid images of the trip so that they can share with their friends and family upon arrival. While this is an important element that adds to the unique experience of our trips, it is not the focus of our trip. Our travelers are excited about receiving stunning images of their trip that they could never get with their phone or selfie stick, but the act of travel and indulging in the moment is what they value most. 

Your trip will include 100 edited images of the group within 24 hours of the trip ending + an additional batch of images 3 weeks after the trip ends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic Info

Travel to Cuba is legal but complicated. Tourism is still strictly prohibited.  To comply with US law governing travel to Cuba, you must do two things— (1) Have an authorized purpose for travel, such as a "people-to-people" full-time schedule of educational exchange activities which promote interactions with the Cuban people; and (2) Retain travel records for five years. We work with all our partners to manage this process for you and we ensure that your final itinerary is compliant with US law under the "educational activities/people-to-people" permitted reason. We will also retain records on your behalf. Want to learn more please check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document regularly updated by the US Treasury Department. Here is a link to the latest, updated as of October 14th, 2016.

How to Get There + Visa

It is now super easy to get to Cuba from major cities in the United States. United, American, Jet Blue, Alaska, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, and Spirit Airlines all have commercial flights from the USA. Once booked, your airline will work with you arrange your visa. 

Have questions about flights + visas? Once booked, we can help you answer any questions you may have while booking. We are familiar with the various commercial flights now flying to Havana and their procedures and will be able to walk you through the process. 

Accommodations

This group trip will include seven SHARED ROOMS (two people per room) at a casa particular (a private homestay). You can share a room with a friend, lover, platonic lover, someone you met on Tinder, or whoever else, but all rooms must be shared. If you do not have a partner in crime, you must be comfortable sharing a room with another traveler in the group of the same gender. More details of the casas will be shared upon purchase of the trip, but we promise we hand picked all casas that are ran by excellent local hosts and who pass the El Camino standard of customer service with flying colors. It is also a unique opportunity to get to know local Cubanos and practice your Spanish if you're so inclined!  

Pricing & Payment

This trip is priced at $2295.  To guarantee your reservation, you must put down your deposit.  A 40% deposit is due at the time of booking. Final payment is due no later than 25 days prior to departure. Payments must be made by credit card. Please read our FAQ for more information and our BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

Included 

Transportation to and from Havana airport// Meals where noted and reservations at top restaurants//Additional Concierge Service//Record keeping for all travelers to prove compliance with US law//Activities as mentioned above// Transport for activities mentioned above///Tips for drivers and local experiences. 

Trips will include 100 edited images of the group within 24 hours of the trip ending + an additional batch of images 3 weeks after the trip ends.

Not Included

Airfare in and out of the country// Mandatory Travel Insurance //Incidental Expenses// Alcohol except where noted//Tips for photographer and local host

Host + Group Photographer

We have a roster of well qualified host and creative photographers that we work with. Prior to your trip, you will receive a welcome packet that will inform you on who will be guiding and documenting your adventure. 


WORDS FROM PAST TRAVELERS

" When I travel, I crave adventure, deep conversations, and the chance to step away from the chaos of everyday life to appreciate the moment. Most tours haven't matched up to my travel expectations, but when El Camino started offering tours to Cuba, I suspected this trip would be different. The activities, food, lodging, and (most importantly) companions came together in an alchemy that made for a unique, intimate, and memorable experience. Everything was curated thoughtfully and beautifully documented by our photographer, Val. I experienced a culture full of life, creativity, and passion and saw beautiful buildings and architecture. I only wish I could have stayed much longer. If you're thinking about booking a trip with #elcamino, DO IT! It's a great chance to travel with your friends, but also the perfect group to join if you're a solo traveler. " - Meggie C.

" When I travel, I crave adventure, deep conversations, and the chance to step away from the chaos of everyday life to appreciate the moment. Most tours haven't matched up to my travel expectations, but when El Camino started offering tours to Cuba, I suspected this trip would be different. The activities, food, lodging, and (most importantly) companions came together in an alchemy that made for a unique, intimate, and memorable experience. Everything was curated thoughtfully and beautifully documented by our photographer, Val. I experienced a culture full of life, creativity, and passion and saw beautiful buildings and architecture. I only wish I could have stayed much longer. If you're thinking about booking a trip with #elcamino, DO IT! It's a great chance to travel with your friends, but also the perfect group to join if you're a solo traveler. " - Meggie C.

"Cuba. A land before time. Where do I start about this magical place.  Thanks to El Camino Travel I was able to experience this fantastic island devoid of most tourist traps and get one of the most auténtico trips outside of staying with friends.  Being that Cuba still has lots of restrictions I wanted someone else to do the proverbial “dirty work” and El Camino delivered.  We stayed at a local casa, saw the sights of Havana (old and new), danced the night away at a local salsa club, drank with the ghost of Hemingway, and saw Cuba through the eyes of our guides, who live in Havana.  We got to meet local artists and ate super fresh food and made so many great memories. Best of all was our photographer Valeria, who not only took such epic photos but allowed us to really get immersed with the locals and focus on creating memories.  There was a good balance between scheduled activities and free time to get out and do our own thing.  There are not enough words to describe this trip, but trust me GO, and cross Cuba off your bucket list of places to travel.  If you want a trip that allows you to truly experience a people and culture look no further than El Camino travel. " - Jessica B.

"Cuba. A land before time. Where do I start about this magical place.  Thanks to El Camino Travel I was able to experience this fantastic island devoid of most tourist traps and get one of the most auténtico trips outside of staying with friends.  Being that Cuba still has lots of restrictions I wanted someone else to do the proverbial “dirty work” and El Camino delivered.  We stayed at a local casa, saw the sights of Havana (old and new), danced the night away at a local salsa club, drank with the ghost of Hemingway, and saw Cuba through the eyes of our guides, who live in Havana.  We got to meet local artists and ate super fresh food and made so many great memories. Best of all was our photographer Valeria, who not only took such epic photos but allowed us to really get immersed with the locals and focus on creating memories.  There was a good balance between scheduled activities and free time to get out and do our own thing.  There are not enough words to describe this trip, but trust me GO, and cross Cuba off your bucket list of places to travel.  If you want a trip that allows you to truly experience a people and culture look no further than El Camino travel. " - Jessica B.

"Much like Cuba understands its cadence, El Camino tapped into this pulse and pulled all of us into its groove and we rode the wave for several days. Cuba is this amazing collage of art, not just in its galleries or artists’ homes, but on its graffittied walls and its cuisine and people, its cigar-tinged air and the exhaust fumes from old Buicks and Oldsmobiles. There is no way we would have been able to truly saturate ourselves and see Cuba on this level had we planned this ourselves. Don’t take the trip solely based on the enviable Instagram-worthy images provided by the in-house photographer (though, where else are you going to have that built into your trip?); go for the stories that you bring home and the adventures that will keep you smiling each time theybrush across your memory banks. You know those enviable insider guides on all the different places you want to explore around the world, the ones that show you the places that tourists can’t even access but the writer hasa friend showing them their favorite haunts around town, meeting the guy who makes the best conch salad on the island and the woman who grows and roasts coffee beans on the plantation that’s been in her family for three generations? That’s El Camino." - Daniella D.

"Much like Cuba understands its cadence, El Camino tapped into this pulse and pulled all of us into its groove and we rode the wave for several days. Cuba is this amazing collage of art, not just in its galleries or artists’ homes, but on its graffittied walls and its cuisine and people, its cigar-tinged air and the exhaust fumes from old Buicks and Oldsmobiles. There is no way we would have been able to truly saturate ourselves and see Cuba on this level had we planned this ourselves. Don’t take the trip solely based on the enviable Instagram-worthy images provided by the in-house photographer (though, where else are you going to have that built into your trip?); go for the stories that you bring home and the adventures that will keep you smiling each time theybrush across your memory banks. You know those enviable insider guides on all the different places you want to explore around the world, the ones that show you the places that tourists can’t even access but the writer hasa friend showing them their favorite haunts around town, meeting the guy who makes the best conch salad on the island and the woman who grows and roasts coffee beans on the plantation that’s been in her family for three generations? That’s El Camino." - Daniella D.

"Cuba was one of the most interesting trips I have ever been on. I was hoping for an authentic exciting trip to celebrate my 30th. Between the food, the cigars, and the salsa it was everything I could have hoped for and more. You truly get to experience Cuba for everything it has to offer. It's filled with welcoming friendly people eager to show you "their" Cuba. They were enthusiastic to share their story and provide a great understanding of the history of the country and what it is evolving into. I made many great memories with new friends. I encourage everyone to visit Cuba for themselves...and of course the awesome classic cars." - Spencer T. (This was Spencer's third El Camino trip)  

"Cuba was one of the most interesting trips I have ever been on. I was hoping for an authentic exciting trip to celebrate my 30th. Between the food, the cigars, and the salsa it was everything I could have hoped for and more. You truly get to experience Cuba for everything it has to offer. It's filled with welcoming friendly people eager to show you "their" Cuba. They were enthusiastic to share their story and provide a great understanding of the history of the country and what it is evolving into. I made many great memories with new friends. I encourage everyone to visit Cuba for themselves...and of course the awesome classic cars." - Spencer T. (This was Spencer's third El Camino trip)