T ravellers looking for an escape that balances moments of relaxation with opportunities for excitement can find just that in Cuba. While its beaches are world-renowned and worth unwinding upon, Cuba offers incredible ecotourism adventures and excursions where one can get in touch with nature, absorb a bit of the local culture, and experience an adrenaline rush. In Cuba there’s so much more to do beyond the beach, and with the help of Sunwing travellers can take advantage of a number of daily flights to destinations throughout Cuba, as well as easily choose and book excursions online before they even leave for their vacation! Here are a few ideas for adventurous activities to embark on in Cuba.

Classic charm in Old Havana

Visitors can easily spend a day wandering the streets of Havana, exploring fascinating sites and delights at every turn. History buffs shouldn’t miss a trip to Old Havana, where cobblestone streets meander among traditional squares like the Plaza Vieja and Plaza de Armas with stately buildings like the Iglesia Catedral de La Habana and the Antiguo Convento de San Francisco de Asís nearby. Among them, private homes equipped with balconies, arcades and courtyards protected by time-worn wrought-iron gates impressively demonstrate how both old and new structures blend harmoniously in one city. Among Havana’s streets putter classic cars from the 1950s, which have been lovingly maintained over the years thanks to hand-built and improvised parts. It all adds to the undeniable charm and allure of Old Havana and Cuba.   

Ecotourism explorations

While vacationers flock to Cuba’s coasts, why not venture inland to discover a host of worthwhile activities and adventures? In Cayo Largo, guests can take an exciting Jeep Safari excursion into quaint villages to observe the traditional ways of life as locals harvest tobacco leafs on plantations in the countryside. A peaceful horseback ride among the mountains offers guests the opportunity to take in the majestic surroundings. In Holgiun, visitors can marvel at one of the highest waterfalls in Cuba – the Gran Salto del Guayabo in La Mensura National Park. Energetic guests can follow trails leading to the summit of the incredible double cascading waterfall while the verdant surroundings feature dozens of tropical species to appreciate, such as orchids and Cuba’s national bird, the Tocororo.

Incredible marine life

In Cuba, animal lovers have the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the ocean’s smartest and most captivating mammals – the dolphin. There are a range of excellent facilities to swim with the dolphins in Cuba, including Varadero’s Rancho Cangrejo situated in the middle of the ocean. Guests are taken out to the Dolphinarium by boat and once you arrive, professional trainers help get visitors acquainted with these clever creatures in the water and teach swimmers to give instructions for dolphin kisses and rolls to stroke their bellies. Depending on the season, guests of Sol Cayo Largo can embark on night-time visits to the beach and help care for sea turtles laying their eggs. The hotel collaborates with the Commission for the Environment and the Marina Cayo Largo to provide special incubation areas for the turtles to lay their eggs and keep them protected.

Hemingway in Havana

One of Havana’s most notable inhabitants was the American novelist Ernest Hemingway. Sunwing offers unique tours to retrace Hemingway’s steps through the city, including a visit to his home, La Vigia, which still holds some of his belongings such as the boat Pilar, which inspired his classic story The Old Man and the Sea. Dine at Las Terrazas, where Hemingway often ate with the captain of his ship, and enjoy cocktails at La Bodeguita del Medio, where Hemingway caught up with his closest friends.

 

 

 

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