I have been wanting to visit Cuba for several years, even before Obama opened things up a bit more. I wanted to see the country before it changed too much from commercialization. I also wanted to see as much of the country I could…not just Havana and Vinales. We have been planning our trip since February and we’re grateful that Educational Adventures was able to assist us when the rules changed in June/ July. Your company was always very responsive to all our inquiries and I was appreciative of the follow up during our visit in Havana.
I think this was the best trip I have ever taken! Even though we formed our own group, we were not well-acquainted before we left. However, this trip helped us form lasting friendships and possible future travel partners. However, the people and country of Cuba were wonderful. Prior to going, we had expected there might be some glitches for one reason or another, but overall things went very smoothly. The only issues were related to the Casas. In one instance, our guide Orlen quickly made arrangements for us to stay in another, more pleasant casa, and in the other, he did his best to make a change, but alternatives weren’t available. However, it ended up not being a problem and everyone appreciated his efforts.
Orlen was a fun and responsible guide, answering our many questions and learning to deal with 6 women older than his mother. Initially, we felt a bit sorry for him but then realized he seemed to be enjoying himself and was entertained by some of our antics and things we would say. He worked hard to make sure everything ran smoothly and that we all had a good time. I have come to learn that most people don’t visit the entire country so logistics become difficult, especially in places that don’t receive many visitors, such as Holguin. Even so, he did a fantastic job and we all thoroughly enjoyed having him lead our group. He was the best.
Overall, the Casas were great and with only one exception, we were able to communicate with the people. They were all so warm and friendly, providing excellent accommodations and breakfast each day. It was interesting, because they were all different…some a bit nicer than others but each with their own style. The best part was talking with them and sharing observations. They were more open than we had expected and we appreciated their candor.
We loved the country and found the areas to be beautiful…from the mountains to the beaches and everything in between. Loved being able to see things outside the big cities such as the tobacco, sugar cane, Che Museum, El Moro. Vinales was a favorite for most of the group.
All in all, it was a fantastic trip and I would readily recommend it to anyone.