We’ve recently returned from one of our most popular Solo Travellers trips… check out what we got up to whilst we were there. Oh and if you hadn’t already guessed… it’s Cuba.
Day 1 – The beautiful view from the main house balcony, looking down on the early morning streets of Old Havana.
Day 1 – We begin our walking tour of Old Havana mid-morning, a glorious day to explore the main squares of this exciting city.
Day 1 – The first stop on our city tour was here, at the impressive Plaza de la Catedral, home to the Cathedral of Havana.
Day 1 – From the Plaza de la Catedral, we walked a couple of blocks to the Plaza de Armas, a pretty little square with plenty of foliage and many street stalls selling old books and postcards of Che.
Day 1 – Taken at the colourful Plaza Vieja, the most lively of the squares we visited, and being lined with restaurants and cafes makes it the perfect place to stop for a Cuba Libre and some people watching!
Day 1 – This magnificent view is just north of the Plaza Vieja; I could have gazed down that street forever but daiquiri’s at El Floridita were calling us!
Day 1 – Colourful street art in Old Havana.
Day 2 – Today we took the hop-on-hop-off bus around Havana to see the famous image of Cuba’s most loved hero, Che Guevara, at the Plaza de la Revolucion.
Day 2 – Classic cars are lined up at the Plaza de la Revolucion; the perfect place for a photo.
Day 2 – Back in Havana, we stopped for a delicious lunch at NAO Bar Paladar near the waterfront. And as a bonus, we were serenaded by this wonderful Cuban band!
Day 2 – Aaaand then we decided to take a spin in one of the old classic cars. A must-do experience when visiting Havana.
Day 2 – Our lovely driver took us to all the famous landmarks in Havana.
Day 2 – Sun beginning to set on NAO Bar Paladar as we returned from our drive round the city.
Day 2 – We decided to head up to the Ambos Mundos Hotel rooftop for a quick drink and this was the view of the streets below.
Day 2 – The sun beginning to set behind the buildings of Havana.
Day 2 – I do love a good sunset and I have to say… this was a bloody good one.
Day 2 – Watching the last light hitting the buildings.
Day 3 – One last snap of Havana before we hit the road. Next stop: Santa Clara.
Day 3 – After a 2-hour drive from Havana, we had finally reached the Che Guevara Memorial & Museum in Santa Clara. This little beauty was parked up outside when we arrived.
Day 3 – Our lovely Solo Travellers group standing underneath the gigantic statue of Che.
Day 3 – There is a much more ‘local’ feel to Santa Clara, which makes it a great place to photograph some of the real Cuba.
Day 3 – Their sunsets aren’t too bad either! Did I mention I like sunsets?
Day 4 – On our way from Santa Clara to the traditional town of Trinidad, we stopped off at Iznaga Tower. This is the view of the market below.
Day 3 – We have arrived in the colourful town of Trinidad! And boy was it hot.
Day 3 – We had an amazing view of the buildings of the Plaza Mayor from our rooftop terrace.
Day 3 – Did someone say Piña Colada? This was probably the best one I had in Cuba…
Day 3 – Watching the sunset from our rooftop terrace and spotted a fire breaking out in the hills ahead.
Day 4 – Today we trekked to Salto Javira, a beautiful waterfall at the foot-hills of Sierra Escambray. A few brave souls rewarded the sweaty hike with a dip in the crystal clear waters… apparently it was rather cold though.
Day 4 – In the afternoon, we rewarded ourselves for doing the trek by heading to the beautiful white sand beach of Playa Ancon.
Day 4 – Delicious dinner at San Jose Restaurant back in Trinidad. This is their Ropa Vieja, a traditional Cuban dish and my favourite of the whole trip. You must head here early otherwise you will be queuing until 11pm for a table!
Day 6 – The beautiful buildings of the Plaza Mayor in colourful Trinidad.
Day 6 – An early morning stroll through the town is the perfect way to spend one of your free days in Trinidad, whilst the temperatures are still fairly pleasant and the streets not too crowded.
Day 6 – One of the locals doing what they do best.
Day 6 – You are not allowed to leave Cuba without having drunk at least 10 Mojitos… it’s the law.
Day 6 – Stood on this wonderful street waiting for our table for lunch at San Jose Restaurant – so good we went there twice!
Day 6 – The last light hitting the buildings of the Plaza Mayor on our last evening in Trinidad… we had a few rum and cokes to mark the occasion.
Day 7 – Onward we travelled to the seaside town of Cienfuegos, a more modern Cuban city. On the way we stopped off at this place; the Arabic Palacio de Valle.
Day 7 – Parque Marti, the main square in Cienfuegos.
Day 7 – The waterfront in Cienfuegos is the perfect place for a late afternoon stroll.
Day 7 – The houses are just as colourful here as anywhere else in Cuba.
Day 8 – As we had a long drive ahead of us, we left Cienfuegos early in pursuit of Viñales, stopping on the way for a spot of snorkelling in these crystal clear waters.
Day 8 – Late afternoon arrival in Viñales. Although today’s drive was fairly long, the breathtaking scenery on the way to this laid-back town made it all worthwhile.
Day 9 – The beginning of our trek through the tobacco fields, on the most beautiful day in Viñales, stopping to look at the different plants and trees which grow in Cuba.
Day 9 – The scenery of this place is just phenomenal.
Day 9 – The barns you can see are used to dry out the leaves from the tobacco plants so that they can be rolled into cigars.
Day 9 – We visited a local family who showed us how the cigars are made… and smoked.
Day 9 – And then we had to stop here for a rest and a quick Piña Colada!
Day 9 – As you can see, all the tobacco leaves are strung up and left to dry, ready to be turned into the famous Cuban cigars.
Day 9 – Awww a cute little piglet on the farm!
Day 9 – It’s well worth spending the morning doing the ‘trek’ around Viñales’ tobacco fields. You learn a lot about the agriculture and it’s really more of a pleasant walk than a trek. Highly recommend.
Day 9 – El Paraiso Ecological Farm is the most amazing place to spend your final evening in Cuba… just look at those views!
Day 9 – Here we sat, eagerly awaiting sunset… and dinner!
Day 9 – It’s absolutely beautiful here… even the photos do not do it justice. Ask your guide to book ahead for you for your final night.
Day 9 – The sun finally set on our time in Cuba, and it couldn’t have been a more perfect end to an amazing trip.
Day 10 – On our way back to Havana, we stopped for one last snap of Viñales…
Day 10 – …and at the local rum factory to stock up on supplies!