The island of Cuba is generally regarded as one of the most beautiful places on Earth. It’s a country that has been through so much, and yet it still manages to survive. The Cuban people are warm, welcoming, and kind-hearted. This blog post will explore 7 reasons why you should travel to Cuba sustainably in order to preserve its natural beauty for future generations.
When you choose a sustainable, small group tours cuba, you get to experience the way the locals live first hand. The Cuban people are warm, welcoming, and kind-hearted with a strong sense of community and family. You will find that they appreciate you coming to visit them more than any other country in the world!
When you choose to travel sustainably, you get to explore Cuba’s natural beauty, that you wouldn’t get to see from the confines of a hotel stay!
12% of Cuba is protected Nature Reserves, providing the perfect setting for the unique birdlife, the pristine waterfalls, lush green jungles and if you are adventurous, you can even discover the second largest coral reef here! Not only will you get to see the most beautiful countryside ever, Cuba’s natural beauty is guaranteed to touch your soul.
You’ll get the chance to support the local community through various avenues, like choosing to stay in casas, using the services of the local guides, visiting local artists and buy their amazing paintings. It is a great way to positively impact the places you visit to. You may even find that you get to meet the people your stay supported, like the family of the casa owner, or the painter… and whilst you are there, feel free to have a chat! They are more than happy to tell you their stories and listen to yours.
Cuba is an amazing destination with a rich culture and heritage that has been preserved throughout time. When you join a small group tour, you get to explore several places. You will learn in depth history from your guides. They will take you to places on and off the beaten track for a great experience. You can enjoy the gorgeous (and at places crumbling) architecture of Havana, the colourful streets of Trinidad, the tobacco fields of Vinales, the mountains of Soroa and so much more.
Cuba has some of the best food in the world. Forget about bland and predictable tourist fare!!! Anyone who tells you that Cuban food is horrible, ever experienced any real Cuban food. Cuban cuisine is a vibrant mix of different cultures such as Spanish, African, Caribbean. You can expect to have a lot of pork as it is one of the staples. But imagine… that roast pork having been cooked on charcoal and just melting in your mouth. – I’m sorry my vegan friends! – There will also be rice, plantains and some form of salad with each meal.
Cuba offers something for everyone from cultural tourists to eco-tourists. There are so many things to do on your visit; whether you want to explore the historical buildings and monuments or you want to go on a hike in one of Cuba’s national parks, capture magical moments, dance the night away, taste the various rums or learn about the perfect Cuban cigar… Just so much to see, do and learn.
Cuba is safe. The crime rate in Cuba is low. I do have to warn you of scams, just like in any tourist destination around the world. Watch out for taxis – always agree on a fare price before you get in and ensure you have the correct change for your agreed fare. Never change money anywhere else apart from the Cadeca. Buy your Wi-Fi card at Etecsa, not of a street vendor. Ask your guide to assist you with any queries. Really, with the use of common sense, you can easily have a scam free holiday!
The beauty of Cuba is no secret. It’s why the country has become a hotspot for people looking to explore new places, experience diverse cultures and learn about sustainable tourism practices. However, it takes more than just travelling responsibly in order to be an ethical tourist – you need to bring your own reusable water bottle, research your tour company to ensure that their values and actions align with sustainable tourism, ensure that the activities in fact do not harm wildlife, they use the services of locals and pay them properly for their services. From where we stand, having a Cuban born and bred founder, these things are a must have!