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Meaningful Travel is all about having experiences which benefit you and the destination you’re visiting. Experiences that give you a unique insight into the local culture while benefitting the local community from the extra income generated by tourism. You can also help preserve the natural environment. You’ll find Cuba has some beautiful landscapes. From the unspoiled tranquil beaches of Maria la Gorda to the lush vegetation of the Humboldt National Park. And we want to keep it that way.
Explore the coffee fields of Las Terrazas, help the local community to continue its preservation of this unique biosphere. All while spending peaceful time in this idyllic natural habitat. Or, during our Cuba the Cuban Way trip, spend the night in a Trinidad casa particular – a private room in a local home. By staying here instead of in a hotel, you’ll put money directly into the pockets of the local people and catch a glimpse of how Cubans live day-to-day.
Almost all hotels in Cuba are owned by the government, but we’re able to offer casa particulares in most locations throughout the country. These are family homes with one or two rooms, rented out to visitors. You’ll have your own private room, a key (so you can come and go as you please) and the family will cook your breakfast each morning. If you’re lucky, you might be able to get some Spanish language practice in with your hosts.
Our local project in Cuba
In all our destinations we like to support a local project to give something back. In Cuba, we’ve decided to support the Music Fund for Cuba. They support the education and development of music and performing arts in Cuba. The Music Fund for Cuba provides much-needed support and equipment for children and young Cuban musicians, dancers and artists throughout the island.
Our Cuba travel specialists
Cuba can be an exciting yet confusing place as it is so different to what many of us are used to. So it’s good to know that our team have been there. Even our MD has been horse riding through the tobacco hills and spent a few nights in a casa particular. Our Cuba team is bursting with travel experiences and tips to share with you.
Our local partners in Cuba
We work with two local partners in Cuba who care just as much about meaningful travel as we do. We use local Cuban guides and drivers for all our excursions. Not only does this make for a more rewarding experience, but it helps to put money into the pockets of the local people. You’ll have the advantage of your guide’s local knowledge; you can even ask them where the best restaurants are, especially as it’s not always easy to find fantastic food in Cuba.