Around Cuba Private Tour


Tour Number

Activity Level



Shore Excursion, Nature and Wildlife, Day Trip / Out of Town, Adventure / Active


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6



English (fluent), Spanish (fluent)

3 Days Program Cienfuegos/ Trinidad/ Zapata Swamp

There is an urban legend in my country. I have heard it (over and over again) from my mom, my friends… It goes about an American journalist that came to Cuba on the 70's in order to understand and get to know Cuban people. When he returned to the USA he finally wrote a report narrating his experiences
and the result was. . . well, let's say shocking. He said he learned it all, and understood nothing!

The correspondent told about how in Cuba there was no food, but everyone ate; there were no clothes, but no one was naked; there were no shoes and still, no one was barefoot… How was this possible? The reporter continued: Why are the markets empty, there is no electric power and Cubans are smiling and joyful all the time? Cuba is and it always will be a mystery.

I don't really know how much truth lays in this story, maybe over the years the tale came alive and transformed, grew up, as stories usually do; but I invite you to take this journey with me and find out. . .

Shall we?


Day 1
- Arrival to Cienfuegos and immediately depart towards beautiful Trinidad (founded in 1514) one hour and 15min from Cienfuegos.
- Valk the main Square and colonial area in Trinidad.
- Lunch at local restaurant.
- Stop at Santander ceramic studio
- Visit the Sugar Mill valley (Manaca Iznaga Complex) to learn about slavery and sugar in Cuba.
-Return to Cienfuegos.
Day 2
- Pick up early at the cruise and depart to Zapata Swamp National Park.
- Visit the Bay of Pigs Invasion Museum.
- Next tour the Rumbiffer crocodile's breather.
- Lunch at local paladar.
- Scuba diving and snorkeling time at Cueva de los peces!
Return to Cienfuegos.
- Finally tour around the city and walk the boulevard towards the harbor to enjoy the sunset and drinks.
Day 3
8:00am- Early pick up to visit Flamingos reservation Guanaroca
- Visit Botanical Garden.
End of the tour.

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building, Suggested by Guide: In case you are coming with the cruise: We'll meet at the end of the cruise terminal street; on the small park. I'll be holding a tablet device with your name on it.

End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building

Duration: 3 days

Cruise ship Arrival or Departure times.


Up to 6 persons: Minivan Taxi Hyundai TQ.
Couples: Standard Taxi Kia Rio or similar.

What’s Included

  • Guiding Services
  • Private Transportation

Other: If you have any questions about this tour, do not hesitate to contact me through "Ask a Question."

Important message from Toursbylocals regarding Cuban payments for the tour:
- Travelers can BOOK but cannot PAY for their tours online. Once they book online we write to them asking for a phone call. Alternately they can both book and pay over the phone.
- We can only process payments for Cuba tours in USD and CAD. Travelers wishing to pay in other currencies may certainly do so, but they will have a 2-3% levied by their credit card companies.
- At this time we do not process balance payments for tours in Cuba, only payment in full. We expect this to change in time.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

50 CUC - Not included meals and personal purchases

What’s Extra

Other: Lunch (Approx 20cuc per person)
Personal expenses and souvenirs
Cost details (Entrance fees)
Fight Against the Bandits Museum. (1cuc per person entrance fee)
Manaca Iznaga Complex (1cuc to climb up the tower)
Bay of Pigs Invasion Museum. (3cuc per person entrance fee)
Rumbiffer crocodile's breather (5cuc per person entrance fee)
Scuba diving and snorkeling time at Cueva de los peces! (Gear goes from 10cuc to 25cuc per person)
Flamingos reservation Guanaroca (10cuc per person entrance fee)
Botanical Garden (3cuc per person entrance fee)


I'm not a driver guide but I can arrange transportation upon request.
I can't pick you up from the port but I can meet you at the cruise ramp and walk to the vehicle.

A Recent Review of this tour

I have always wanted to go to Cuba but never really knew how to go about it. I was so excited when my husband found a guide from Toursbylocals that would do a three day private tour for us. Words cannot describe the amazing experience Ela gave us. I am still blown away by her knowledge, her enthusiasm and her zest for life and the Cuban people and culture. Our plans are to go back to Cuba and visit Havana - but only if it is with Ela V! She connected us to the people and culture of Cuba, she is a treasure
Scott Rasmussen

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