Cuba: Cultural Ecotour



Experience the authentic culture and nature of Cuba!

Not into cruise-ship style travel? Then you’ve come to the right place. Join us for a unique and in depth experience, and get an insider’s view into the culture and nature of this incredible island nation. Enjoy beaches, tobacco plantation visits, classic cars, delicious cuisine, captivating history and live music!

We handle the details and regulations, You come ready for adventure!

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What’s Included in the Cuban Ecotour
  • All of your meals and drinks
  • All of your accommodations (in Casas Particulares)
  • All of your tours in Havana and Viñales (and Zapata,* extension only)
  • Your local guide and drivers
  • A Gondwana Trip Leader
  • All of your transportation in Cuba
  • In short: Everything besides your flights, visas, souvenirs and tips!
Casas Particulares:

Throughout the trip, you will have a private room and bathroom in different Casas Particulares, providing you with a unique opportunity to get to know the locals. We take great care in choosing the best ones, operated by wonderful people.

  • Casas Particulares is a phrase meaning “private homes”. In Cuba, these charming homes are very similar to a bed and breakfast in the US and other countries. Unlike the Hotels throughout Cuba which are owned by the Cuban government, Casas Particulares are owned and operated by Cuban citizens and our use of them provides direct support to the Cuban people.
Nick Corrado, March 2017“WOW! is the only way to describe my trip to Cuba. I would highly recommend going and using Gondwana Ecotours. They covered every aspect of the Cuban lifestyle. It was well planned from day one. The culture, people, food, music, cars, tobacco and rum were just the beginning. This was the true Cuban experience you crave. I’m ready to go again. Thank you for a great time.”
—Nick Corrado, March 2017
Zach Garfinkel, March 2017“I feel like I really got an authentic Cuban experience with friendly, educated guides and locals. The food, accommodations, driver, guides and logistics were lovely and organized well in advance. It was great to be there and not have to worry about anything. I highly recommend visiting Cuba, especially with Jared and Gondwana! I’m ready to go back.”
—Zach Garfinkel, March 2017
Adam Whitley Sebti, March 2017“I traveled with Gondwana Ecotours for the first time this March for 8 days in Cuba. It was amazing and unlike any travel experience I have ever had. Totally unique! Our guide, David, was incredibly attentive and hospitable. We had dinner at his home with his extended family and a dance party afterwards! I loved Cuba! I plan on traveling again with Gondwana. I felt like part of a travel family.”
—Adam Whitley Sebti, March 2017
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  • The mission of these tours is to promote a dialogue between Cubans and other cultures through people-to-people exchange. Our guides facilitate conversations about different political systems and ways of life, and our activities highlight the ecosystems, cultures and traditions that make Cuba unique.
  • Our aim is to offer visitors an authentic experience that benefits and protects the local culture and environment, instead of exploiting it or encouraging change to their way of life. We accomplish this through our day to day ethical practices, our small group learning sessions and our partnerships with independent locals. We work with specialists and cultural guardians whose values match our aim to help preserve and protect.
  • We carbon offset the flights for all of our guests, provide reusable water bottles, and support local businesses.

Get Ready To Experience Cuba!
Start Date End Date Per Person Single Supplement Trip Capacity Availability
October 7
2017
Until October 13
2017
$2995 Per Person $150 Single Supplement Trip Capacity: 10 SOLD OUT
December 2
2017
Until December 8
2017
$2995 Per Person $150 Single Supplement Trip Capacity: 10 Contact To Book
March 17
2018
Until March 23
2018
$2995 Per Person $150 Single Supplement Trip Capacity: 10 Contact To Book

Ask us about custom dates for families, and groups.
*Minimum of 5 guests for all Cuba Ecotours

Optional Extension to Ciénaga de Zapata National Park:
Start Date End Date Per Person Single Supplement Trip Capacity Availability
October 13
2017
Until October 16
2017
$1499 Per Person $100 Single Supplement Trip Capacity: 10 SOLD OUT
December 8
2017
Until December 11
2017
$1499 Per Person $100 Single Supplement Trip Capacity: 10 Contact To Book
March 23
2018
Until March 26
2018
$1499 Per Person $100 Single Supplement Trip Capacity: 10 Contact To Book

A classic car parked in the Vedado neighborhood of Havana
A classic car parked in the Vedado neighborhood of Havana
Horseback ride across tobacco plantations and coffee farms through a beautiful valley
Horseback ride across tobacco plantations and coffee farms through a beautiful valley
Happy Travelers enjoying a slice of Cuban Paradise!
Happy Travelers enjoying a slice of Cuban Paradise!
Learn what goes into the world-famous cigars from a 4th generation farmer in Viñales
Learn what goes into the world-famous cigars from a 4th generation farmer in Viñales
The scenery of the valley and its surrounding farms is truly special
The scenery of the valley and its surrounding farms is truly special
The sunsets in Cuba are magic
The sunsets in Cuba are magic
Where else can you find classic cars parked on uncrowded white sand beaches in the Caribbean?!
Where else can you find classic cars parked on uncrowded white sand beaches in the Caribbean?!
Swim in a cenote in Zapata National Park!
Swim in a cenote in Zapata National Park!

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Care for some live music with your mojito while visiting the hotel nacional?
Care for some live music with your mojito while visiting the hotel nacional?
Viñales from above.
Viñales from above.
Our guide David & his sister enjoy sharing their food and culture with us!
Our guide David & his sister enjoy sharing their food and culture with us!
Off-the-beaten-path turquoise waters and white sand beaches
Off-the-beaten-path turquoise waters and white sand beaches
The snorkeling in Zapata National Park is fantastic, the water is so clear!
The snorkeling in Zapata National Park is fantastic, the water is so clear!
You can even try a hand-rolled cigar straight from the farmer. They make great souvenirs!
You can even try a hand-rolled cigar straight from the farmer. They make great souvenirs!
Even if you aren’t a tobacco fan it is a beautiful learning experience and tour
Even if you aren’t a tobacco fan it is a beautiful learning experience and tour
Our guide’s nephew preparing some home-cooked gourmet food for us at his house!
Our guide’s nephew preparing some home-cooked gourmet food for us at his house!
Enjoy authentic cuban food prepared for us by locals!
Enjoy authentic cuban food prepared for us by locals!
Learning from the locals about how to extract juice from sugar cane
Learning from the locals about how to extract juice from sugar cane
Fresh seafood anybody?
Fresh seafood anybody?
Exploring the streets of Havana
Exploring the streets of Havana
Only in Cuba
Only in Cuba

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Cuba Travel FAQ

This trip is for the intrepid traveler who wants to see the real Cuba. The accommodations will be comfortable and the food will be delicious but this is not a luxury trip. It is an uncommon adventure with one-of-a-kind activities, beautiful nature and cultural immersion. While the trip does offer chances to walk, hike, snorkel, swim and dive, it doesn’t require a serious degree of physical fitness. Some of the car rides can be bumpy, especially when visiting the beach near the valley.
You will be able to purchase your visa directly from the airline at the airport on your way to Cuba. It is an easy process and the price is between $50-100. We will provide more details to registered guests.
For no additional fee we can help you book your flights to and from Cuba. The cost of the flights is not included but there is no fee for this service. We understand this can seem like a daunting process but rest assured, we have the logistics and legalities covered for you.
Yes, the rooms at the Casas Particulares will have wall-unit air conditioners.
Yes, you will have use of a private bathroom and most of the Casas have hot showers.
To reserve your spot simply request (via phone or email) an invoice for your $500 deposit. This deposit is refundable for any reason within 30 days of booking. Upon signup we will send you our pre-trip guide to prepare you for the journey. It contains booking terms, a packing list, health and safety tips, suggested reading and lots of other useful information. We will also send you 2 easy links to fill out for your personal information and flight details.

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David Muñoz

David is a native of Havana. He studied and worked as a biologist before devoting himself to sharing his beautiful country with the rest of the world. He has been an ‘ambassador particular’ for 10 years. He is passionate about Cuba and conversing about the island’s past, present, and future. He speaks Spanish, English, Italian, French, and German. He loves cooking, dancing, and snorkeling.

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