Cuba Natural Paradise
In this short program we will visit Playa Girón, one of the most espectacular ecological places ideal to practice the diving and snorkeling, full of coral reefs and a big diversity of marine animals. It is something you should mot miss if you are a fan of this sport.
We will visit “Guamá” as well, located in the Ciénaga de Zapata, the most important natural area in the Caribe, with virgin forests, beautiful beaches without any pollution, large vegetation, swamps, marshes, an ideal place for nature lovers. Here you will find the biggest cocodrile farm of the country, created to protect this animal.
Cuba4all Reizen lets you choose. We give you the opportunity to organize the transport to Playa Girón by yourself or if you prefer we can organize public taxi or classic american oltimer to pick you up and bring you to the place, so we make your trip much easier. Please do not hesitate to contact us. It will be a pleasure to assist and offer you the best service.
♦ Duration of the trip: 4 days/3 nights
♦ Accommodation: Casas particulares
♦Places to visit: Girón Beach(Playa Girón)/Bahía de Cochinos – Guamá/Treasure Lagoon(Laguna del Tesoro).
♦ Minimum of persons: 2
- €165,00 per person
*Prices are based on 2 persons per room.
Day 1. Arrival to Playa Girón (Girón Beach)
Girón Beach is located south of Matanzas, at 210 kms aprox. to the east of Havana, the capital of Cuba and 165kms aprox south of Varadero. The travel time from both cities to Girón Beach is aprox. 2,5 hours. If you already have a car and you come from Havana then the fastest way to arrive is getting the National Motorway with a maximum allowed speed of 100kms/h and has low traffic. If you are coming from Varadero you must go direction Cárdenas and take the “Carretera Central” It is a secondary road en therefore you will go at lower speed. When you book with us we will sen you a confirmation together with a roadmap with the route.
Likewise if you have decided to move with public buses “Viazul” (Cuban public transport) we will be waiting for you at the bus station at your arival at Girón Beach and will take you to the casa particular. If you decide to move inside the Island with “Viazul” you can buy your tickets in advance and online here: http://www.viazul.com. It is in English and Spanish and you can pay with credit card in Euro or Dollar currency. You can check on this page schedules time, connections with other cities, etc, to help you organize your trip.
If you prefer we can organize the arrival to Girón Beach for you, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will customize the excursion to your preferences.
Cuba4all Reizen believes that the best way to know Cuba is to interact with the local people and live together with them. This is why we choose to offer you accommodations in casas particulares. If you arrive not too late you will have bikes so you can ride to the town downcenter or to the closest beach to enjoy the sun. Then you will be able to enjoy a beautiful beach with very thin sand and blue crystal water. At your arrival you will receive a welcome's cocktail.
Day 2. Snorkeling discovering the unique sea bottom.
If you are a sea and snorkeling lover today you will have the chance to check beatiful sea bottom with a great diversity of flora and fauna. Most of these places are not far from the coast at less than 100m and less than 10m deep.
Once you finish your breakfast you will go to Bahía de Cochinos (Pigs Bay) by car with a guide where are different places for snorkeling. During this visit you will discover impressive coral reefs and a very big diversity of marine animals typical and exclusives of this area. Your guide will be a proffessional instructor with more than 20 years of experience, certifications (ACUC, SSI, ESA y CMAS), and will teach you all the hidden places, a true treasure under the sea. It will be an unforgettable experience. This is why many visitors visit this place before returning home.
If you are one of the nights lovers and enjoy music and dancing then I suggest you visit one the bars you can find in the town, where you will enjoy a Cuban night, with a tasty Cuban cocktail while listening Latin music and sharing the night with other Cubans. It could be the case that a Cuban invites you to dance and move your body.
Day 3. Crocodile Farm / Treasure Lagoon
After the breakfast a taxi will be waiting for you to take you to “Guamá”, a natural place with plenty of flora and fauna to offer. Here you will spend an extraordinary day. The taxi driver speaks English and will be ready to answer any of your questions. This is your moment to enjoy a virgin nature and watch a crocodile farm from very close distance. You will see several reptiles of different sizes, different ages and even you can take yourself a picture with one of them, take it in your hands or hang it over your neck.
Once you have taken the pictures with the crocodiles, walk thorough the souvenirs shop and have purchased may be some items, you will get a boat to surf through the lake “Treasure Lagoon” sourrounded by virgin vegetation. It will take you to a turistic center with a hotel where the rooms are built above special wooden bars and joined together by bridges. Here is a replica of “Taíno Village” (ancient aboriginal Cuban people) where you will see guano huts and many sculptures of aborigens representing different tasks they performed during that time many years ago. During this trip you can count on the boat's driver who will explain you all about the place and its history.
Once you finish this trip you will have many knowledge of the Ciénaga de Zapata, one of the most important natural sites of Cuba with the most important crocodile farms in the Caribe.
As an option, you could have lunch at a “Paladar”, a Cuban family restaurant that serves exquisit dishes with the most typical and authentic traditions of the region. Dishes are made of exotic crocodile meat, crab, pork and fish. An unique dish of the area.
Day 4. Departing Girón Beach
After the breakfast and your cup of coffee, it is time to end your excursion at Girón Beach. If you want to keep discovering this wonderful Island full of interesting places and you want to continue to the center of the Country, then I suggest you to choose our short program Back to the Past. If you prefer to stay in the west of Cuba and meet the Cuban countryside then Aroma de Puro Habano will be your best choice. Do not forget we can support you in customizing your trip following your preferences.
Cuba4all Reizen is a very flexible company. If you would like to make any modification to this progam, you just have to get in contact with us. It will be our pleasure to organize your trip as customized as you wish.
During this trip you will be accommodated in casas particulares located in Matanzas, and more exactly in Girón Beach area. All the casas particulares that we have at your dispossal can be found on the following link: Matanzas.
Included in the price:
♦ Accommodation in casa particular 3 nights (2 persons per room).
♦ Breakfast 4 days.
♦ Dinner 1 night.
♦ Snorkeling (including transport + guide + gear).
♦ Transport to “Guamá” + entrance to “Treasure Lagoon”.
♦Free - Humidor with high quality tobacco to enjoy a Habano after your dinner.
♦ Free - 1 bottle of wine on your last dinner.
♦Free - Transfer service from “Viazul” Girón Beach bus station to the casa particular.
♦ Welcome's cocktail.
Not included in the price:
♦ Other transfers.
♦ Other meals.
♦ Gratuities (tip).
♦ International flight.
♦ Travel insurance.(Required).
If you would like to book this short program just click here
For this Short Program we also offer the following excursions as extra option:
Diving in Bahía de Cochinos (Pigs Bay)
♦ Price: €35-45 per person per immersion, minimum 2 persons.
♦ Included: Transport + professional guide + diving gear.
After your breakfast, I invite you to discover one of the most beatiful sea bottom you cound find in the Island, with a great diversity of coloured fishes, corals, caves and many more. A car is at your dispossal to take you to Bahía de Cochinos (Pigs Bay) where you will dive. Go deep in de sea and discover what you have never seen before and complete your trip with this indelible experience.
Is it the first time you do this activity? Then the price for immersion is €45 and you will receive instructions for beginners. If you are already an expert, then you do not need any further instructions, and the price per immersion is €35. Wether you are a beginner or an expert, you will dive always with a proffessional diver. Do it! It will be a great experience to share and to remember.
Eco-Turistic Path National Park “El Enigma de las Rocas”(The Mistery of the Rocks)
♦ Price: €25 per person, minimum 2 persons.
♦ Included: Transport + guide.
The path Enigma de las Rocas (Mistery of the rocks) is located in an area of dry forest, where endemic birds of Cuba can be found: Tocororo, Cartacuba and Zunzún, among others. It is the perfect place to watch many typical vegetation of the swamp. You could also find jutías, crabs, prawns, tortoises and two caves full of bats. In this place guides know very well where is a permanent nest of an owl, who has raised several time her baby birds.
You will enjoy the entering to a cave full of bats, watch endemic birds and plants, In the last cenote, you will have the chance to swim as well or snorkeling where you could see crabs, prawns, tortoises and many different kind of fishes.
Description of this activity
Departure on a carriage drawn by horse to the starting point of the path. If you have car and prefer not to go with horses then our guide will go with you in your car. Following a short explanation from our guide in Spanish and English about the duration of the trip and the features of the place, you will start walking watching the fantastic flora, fauna and the landscapes. During the trip our guide will explain you everything about birds, type of plants, caves, cenotes, etc, that you will see on your walking and will tell you interseting things about it. At the half of the way there is a pier that goes down to the water, where you could enjoy swimming or do some snorkeling if you wish. During this bath you could see crabs, prawns, tortoises and many different kind of fishes. After this break half a way, we will return following a different route where you can enjoy a different landscape.
The travel time of this trip will be 2 to 3 hours, depending on how much time you want to spend swimming and snorkeling. (The price to the entrance to the Natural Park is not included).
If you want to add any of these excursions to your short programs please mention it on the contact form.