Horse riding holiday Havana (c. Shawn Hamilton)
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Horseback vacation in Cuba
Horse riding holiday in Cuba (c. Shawn Hamilton)
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Wildlife in Cuba (c. Shawn Hamilton)
Traditional Cuba on horse riding holiday (c. Shawn Hamilton)
This short-stay holiday in Havana combines riding wonderful horses in the mornings with afternoons learning the Cuban national dance, the ‘Son’. Activities for non-riders can also be arranged for the mornings including Spanish lessons and gastronomy courses. With time on the beach and to go sight-seeing in Havana as well, this is the perfect short break to take with friends or family who do not want to do much riding. It is also a great addition to our other Cuban horse riding holidays to give a fully immersive experience of this vibrant and exciting country. Staying in a private family establishment in the capital, guests are driven to Playas del Este or Lenin Park for the riding, and return to Havana for dancing lessons with a professional teacher at Teatro America. The evenings are generally free for exploring Havana – the 16th century Spanish colonial architecture includes the Castillo de le Real Fuerza, while the baroque Catedral de San Cristobal and Plaza Vieja demonstrate the city’s vibrant architectural mix.

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Day 1
You will be met at the Hotel Presidente and transferred to a Casa Particular in the evening. Accommodation in a Casa Particular (private family establishment or similar).

Day 2
After breakfast, you are transferred to the Finca beside the beaches of Playas del Este and set out on your first ride in Cuba (approx. 3 hours). Before lunch there will be time to go to the beach and have a swim, so remember to pack your swimwear in the morning. After lunch, you drive back to Havana and transfer to Teatro America for your first Cuban "Son" dance lessons with the professional teachers. The evening is free for sightseeing in Old Havana and for you to sample some of the local restaurants. Your hosts will be happy to provide recommendations!

Day 3
After breakfast, travel to Finca Charco Azul at the south of Pinar del Río province. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and a 3 hour ride through this finca, where the springs of Charco Azul are located. Enjoy a traditional lunch after a relaxing swim in the pool. Transfer to Havana for 3 hours of Son Cuban dance lessons at the Teatro America. Free evening for sightseeing Havana, perhaps to a bar or club to show off your new moves!

Day 4
Today you are driven to Lenin Park in Havana. You will be riding different horses today as you take a 3 hour ride around the park. Lunch will be in a famous restaurant, specialized in the famous Cuban roast pig. After a rest, you will transfer to Teatro America to get your last 3 hours of Cuban lessons dance. A farewell dinner is served in a family paladar (private family restaurant) in the Old Havana and afterwards there is the option to go to one of the best live music shows in Havana.

Day 5
After breakfast, you will have a guided walking tour through the historical centre of Old Havana before you transfer to the airport for your flight home. The transfer is normally at 6pm, however earlier transfers can be requested.

 

Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.

Horses & Riding

Riders are not expected to assist with the care and tacking up of their horses but any help is welcome. The horses are Spanish horses, Quarter-horse and Pinto among others. They are safe and in good condition, suitable for the climate and terrain of the island. They range in size from 14.2hh to around 15.1hh. Western tack is utilised but there is also the option to have English saddles.


Rider requirements

Riders should be happy in walk, trot and canter and well balanced. The riding is not technically difficult and adventurous novices would be welcome. There is a minimum age of 12 years for this ride.

Weight Limit

The weight limit for this ride is 14 st/198 lb/90 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

Accommodation is in a 'Casa Particular', a private homestay similar to a bed and breakfast. Meals are healthy and plentiful, lots of fuit and vegetables with rice, beans, beef, chicken and pork. Good beer and rum is available everywhere!



A single supplement is available for those not wishing to share.


Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests.

Documents - Visa and Consulate Info

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip. If Visa’s are required the requirements can change from year to year depending on diplomatic relations. Please request information from the appropriate Consulate in your home country. Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate on request.

British nationals require a tourist card to enter Cuba, which you should obtain before you travel. You should contact the Cuban Embassy in London in good time for further information on entry requirements. Dual nationals should also contact the Cuban Embassy in London for advice on entry requirements before travelling.

Their website can be found here: www.cuba.embassyhomepage.com

To enter Cuba you must hold a passport with remaining validity of at least six months from the date of entry.



You must hold valid travel insurance covering medical expenses before travelling to Cuba. The medical facilities in Havana are better than those available elsewhere in Cuba, but it is sometimes necessary to medically evacuate those who require urgent specialist care. This can be very expensive so you should ensure that your medical insurance covers you for this. If you require medical treatment you will be expected to pay in hard currency; a basic hospital stay can cost as much as £200 per day plus medical expenses.

Many medicines are unavailable in Cuba so you should bring any prescription drugs you take regularly. A copy of the prescription and a letter from your doctor explaining your condition can be helpful at customs.

Climate Summary

Cuba has a warm tropical climate which makes it an ideal destination especially during the months of November to April, dry season months in Cuba. During this period of the year, Cuba enjoys a lot of sunshine with only a scattering of intermittent rain-showers brought about by northeasterly trade winds blowing in from the sea.

Climate Chart

Health

At Unicorn Trails, the health and safety of our customers is of paramount importance. While cases of the Zika Virus remain predominantly in Brazil and Ecuador, there have been reports of cases in Mexico, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Cape Verde.
Whilst the symptoms of the Zika Virus are usually mild, customers are recommended to take the strict insect bite avoidance measures. This is particularly relevant if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, suffer from a severe, chronic medical condition, or have a medical condition that weakens your immune system.

Customers due to travel to the affected areas should monitor the World Health Organisation website for further updates and advice.
Customers planning to become pregnant should discuss travel plans with a healthcare provider to assess the risk of infection and receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures.
Customers who are already pregnant should inform their obstetrician or midwife if they have recently travelled to a country where Zika is known to occur.


You must hold valid travel insurance covering medical expenses before travelling to Cuba. The medical facilities in Havana are better than those available elsewhere in Cuba, but it is sometimes necessary to medically evacuate those who require urgent specialist care. This can be very expensive so you should ensure that your medical insurance covers you for this. If you require medical treatment you will be expected to pay in hard currency; a basic hospital stay can cost as much as £200 per day plus medical expenses.

Many medicines are unavailable in Cuba so you should bring any prescription drugs you take regularly. A copy of the prescription and a letter from your doctor explaining your condition can be helpful at customs.

Please consult your GP or travel nurse for up to date advice for those travelling to Cuba. As a guide you can visit http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/caribbean/cuba

Electricity

Although the power supply in Cuba is mainly 110 volts, most of the modern hotels have dual voltage with all the sockets in the room being 220 volts. Usually in the bathroom there is an 110 volt socket suitable for shavers and charging batteries. All UK appliances will work in Cuba and all you will need is an adapter.

The sockets in the rooms are cleverly designed so they will take the North American flat 2 pin and the European rounded two pin plugs and are usually similar to these, the bottom one being the one in the bathroom.

Film and Camera Equipment

Please bring all necessary equipment with you, including spare batteries. There is ususally WiFi available at the accommodation however Havana this cannot be guaranteed as the WiFi in Havana can be erratic.

Packing List

Riding trousers - jeans or breeches
Riding boots or similar (need to have a heel and be comfortable for hiking)
Hard hat (recommended)
Riding hat with brim
Half chaps (optional)
Riding gloves
Sunglasses
Sunblock
Insect repellent
Lipbalm with sunscreen
Personal toiletries
Medications
Camera and film
T-shirts and shorts
Binoculars (recommended)
Lightweight long sleeved shirts
Sweater or sweatshirt
Informal wear for evenings
Plastic bag for wet clothing
Lightweight rainwear
Copy of passport
All terrain sandals
Additional passport photos
Swimsuit
Beach towel

Programmes

This is a 5 day/4 night programme with 3 days riding available on request throughout the year.

Departure Dates

2019: 20 February; 4 March; 5 November. Other dates available on request all year round.

Pricing
No single supplement is charged if the rider is willing to share with someone of the same sex, and a sharer can be found.

Single rooms available for an additional charge of €140

No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description £
20195d/4n3double pp1,059
20195d/4n3single supplement135
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
20195d/4n3double pp1,099
20195d/4n3single supplement139
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description $
20195d/4n3double pp1,305
20195d/4n3single supplement165
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
20195d/4n3double pp12,415
20195d/4n3single supplement1,585
Recommended Reading

Cuba has produced some of the most extreme political figures of the 20th Century. Fidel Castro and Che Guevara were the main players involved in the Cuban Revolution which brought Communism to the island. For those interested in the ideology of these powerful men we recommend the following: The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto 'Che' Guevara My Life by Fidel Castro The relationship between Cuba, its allies and the West is brilliantly described in One Minute To Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War by Michael Dobbs.

For something a little lighter try Our Man In Havana by the British writer Graham Greene; Wormold is a vacuum cleaner salesman in a city of powercuts. His adolescent daughter spends his money with a skill that amazes him so when a mysterious Englishman offers him an extra income he's tempted. In return all he has to do is file a few reports. But when his fake reports start coming true things suddenly get more complicated and Havana becomes a threatening place.

Finally, for an up to date overview of Cuban history we recommend Cuba: A New History (Yale Nota Bene) by Richard Gott.

We can't overlook the enormous influence of Cuban music and recommend the following artists: Buena Vista Social Club (There is also a remarkable documentary film on this group of Cuban musicians by Wim Wenders, also called Buena Vista Social Club) The Creole Choir of Cuba, Elena Burke, Company Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer and Beny Moré


Other Activities

Havana tours in old American cars, Spanish lessons, gastronomy lessons.

Other Country Information

You must take out comprehensive travel insurance covering medical expenses before travelling to Cuba. You will be expected to present your insurance policy on arrival in the country.

Travel Summary

Meeting-point (getting there):
Hotel (usually Hotel Presidente)
Transfer:
One way transfer is included to Jose Marti airport on the last day of the programme for clients departing at 6pm or later. Transfer from Havana airport is not included, taxi cost is approximate 25 CUC (€25)
Flight Guide:
Jose Marti International Airport, Havana (HAV)
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