1. Round trip flights and transfers are included.
2. Intrepid US, Inc. ("Intrepid US") is authorized partner of STA Travel Inc., to provide those who register as participants in our programs to visit Cuba legally for educational people-to-people interactions. Our "Cuban Adventures" program provides a full-time schedule of People-to-People educational exchange activities designed to result in meaningful interactions between our travelers and individuals in Cuba. United States law requires that all participants in our programs adhere to the full-time schedule of people-to-people activities. Due to the nature of the program, United States law requires adherence to a special set of guidelines for travel on these unique programs. Please read the guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions (outlined under "Important Notes" section of trip notes) carefully, and call our special Cuba connection line at 1 800 970 7299 or visit www.intrepidtravel.com if you have questions. Additional pre or post accommodation will not be allowed due to licensing restrictions. Please read the guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions
carefully. Additional pre or post accommodation will not be allowed due to licensing restrictions. Deviations from itinerary in any way is prohibited.
3. You must fill out and sign an official ‘Travel Affidavit’ which verifies that you understand the current restrictions on travel to Cuba. This will be provided to you from your Travel Expert. Additional 'Travel Affidavit's' may be necessary depending on airline.
4. You must ensure you have your ‘Tourist Card’ and have a valid passport.
5. Purchasing travel insurance is a requirement and without proof of travel insurance you may not be allowed entry into Cuba.
6. In order to participate in this tour, you must be a U.S. citizen.
Maximum of 16 travelers per group.
The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.
Your typical accommodation will be a Casa Particular which is a private homestay accommodation in an authentic Cuban family home which is licensed by the Cuban government. Cuban families often rent some bedrooms to tourists and offer meals which are served in the family dining room. It is a wonderful way to experience the warm Cuban hospitality and learn about their unique way of life. In a society with limited TV and internet access, Cuban people are famed for their friendly attitudes and for making eager conversation with foreigners so they can learn about the outside world. They are also happy to share their insights about life in Cuba and there's no doubt that the interaction at a Casa Particular will be enlightening and intriguing.
8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
There are two systems of public transport in Cuba - one for locals and one for tourists. In the past, it has been illegal for tourists to take local public transport, but these laws have been overturned in the last few years and the public buses and shared taxis are now open to all. For a higher level of comfort, however, tourist buses are still recommended. The tourist Viazul buses are large modern buses that are quite comfortable and have air-conditioning, and sometimes even movies on board.
There are 2 official currencies in Cuba:
• Cuban Peso Convertible (CUC). Value: CUC1 = US$1.00
• Cuban Peso (CUP or Moneda Nacional M.N). Value: CUP24 = CUC1
The exchange rates of these currencies are fixed by the Cuban Government, however they are liable to change at any time.
In Cuba there are official government exchange houses called CADECA. These can be found in every city and also at the airport. They are commonly found in the larger hotels in Havana. The CADECA exchange houses offer the following services:
• Exchange foreign cash to CUC.
• Make cash advances on credit cards.
• Exchange traveler’s cheques.
To do any of these operations you will need your passport. To exchange traveler’s cheques you will also need the receipt of the bank where you bought them. Travelers cheques are becoming increasingly difficult to exchange so are not recommended.
The only currencies that you are guaranteed to be able to exchange are CAD, EUR, and GBP. You can also exchange USD, however, the Cuban Government charges an additional 10% fee for accepting USD. The same rules apply for travelers cheques in USD. AUD and NZD are not currently accepted in Cuba. Please also be advised that slightly torn notes, notes that have been heavily marked or are faded, may be difficult to exchange. It's best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than US$100 (or equivalent).
All U.S. Credit Cards and Debit Cards are not accepted at all. You will need to exchange currently upon arrival.
Local Cuban Peso:
The 'local' Cuban Peso has very limited use, especially for travelers. You may get the chance to use it occasionally so it's perhaps a good idea to exchange about CUC1-3 to CUP at one of the CADECA after you arrive. Only some CADECAs, offer this service. This currency is mainly used for buying goods at ration stores (for which you need to be a resident and have a ration card), but some other products are also available in this currency and mainly from street stalls, such as ice-cream (CUP1-3) and pizzas (CUP10).
What's confusing for travelers is that the Cubans call both currencies 'pesos', so you have to know the value of something to know which currency they are referring to. Otherwise you have to ask. CUC is also colloquially known as convertibles, divisa, dolares, fula, chavitos, baros, and cabillas.
When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveler is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need. Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier. You'll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that's this document).
Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. Our suggestion is based on past traveler feedback but you may choose to spend more or less.
If you're happy with the service you receive, providing a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many destinations. Please note we recommend that any tips are given directly to the intended recipient by a member of your group, rather than collected and passed on by the group leader.
Please also make sure you have access to an additional USD 500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (e.g. a natural disaster, civil unrest, strike action or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
The security environment in Cuba is relatively stable and characterized by a strong military and police presence throughout the country. Violent crime is uncommon in Cuba, but thefts do sometimes occur. Visitors should avoid wearing flashy jewelry or displaying large amounts of cash. When possible, visitors should carry a copy of their passport with them and leave the original at a secure location. The local equivalent to the “911” emergency line in Cuba is 106 for the Police Department and 105 for the Fire Department.
Purchasing travel insurance is a requirement and without proof of travel insurance you may not be allowed entry into Cuba.