Salsa in the streets of CubaTrinidad, Cuba
A visit to Cuba isn't complete without making your way down to the idyllic, cobblestoned town of Trinidad. If you can tear your eyes away from the colourful houses, and quaint villages, you won't want to miss the opportunity to take part in a salsa dancing lesson. Cuba has a vibrant music scene, and being the birthplace of salsa, there's no better place to let your hair down and give it a whirl. In a lesson, you'll be guided through the basic steps of the salsa, which you can dance alone or with a partner. Sway your hips, smile and just let the music guide you.
It won't be long before you're confidently stepping out onto the dance floor with the locals to show off your new moves. In between putting your best foot forward, Cuba consistently surprises and delights on Intrepid Travel's Best of Cuba tour. You'll get lost in the old-world charm of Havana, plunge into the iridescent waters of Bahia de Cochinos in Cienfuegos, shimmy to Afro-Cuban beats in Santiago de Cuba, and savour the taste of prawns in coconut sauce and banana-stuffed tamales in Baracoa. Sure, people will tell you the internet is slow and expensive and there's occasions where creature comforts can be few and far between, but Cuba's charm is undeniable.
- Coming to Cuba is like being sucked into a romantic time-warp
- The cheap rum!
- The Cuban people are lively, energetic and colourful. It’s easy to arrive somewhere and suddenly have a whole bunch of new friends
- Learning about Che Guevara and the revolution
- Having to disconnect. Phones will most likely not work and Internet is expensive, slow and not widespread
- Understanding the country’s two currencies – the Cuban peso (CUP) and the Cuban convertible peso (CUC) – is, in short, painful. You’ll need to be flush with multiple credit cards (USA-affiliated cards won’t work) as well as either euros, pounds on Canadian dollars to exchange in case your cards don’t work
- The Cubans are accommodating and resourceful, however their access to creature comforts is limited due to the embargo
There are direct flights from a few major airports in Central and South America, as well as Canada, the UK and Spain.