Cuba and Costa Rica: Colonial charm and natural splendour
Day 1-3 Havana
Ageing gracefully like a dowager duchess down on her luck, Havana’s charm lies in its crumbling architecture, creaking Fifties automobiles and hit and miss plumbing. But with a welcome as warm as the sun that fills the squares and a soundtrack of son, salsa and rumba, this city is an instant hit with everyone who visits.
Transfers to Trinidad 3h65m
Day 4-6 Trinidad
Visit Cuba’s Trinidad and travel back in time to a place where horses still gallop along cobbled streets, their riders off to work sugar cane fields that surround this languid town and led to its founding. Nothing much happens here, but that’s its charm. A living, working town that can feels more like an open air museum, this is a place to people watch and wander.
Day 7-9 San Jose
Surrounded by beautiful countryside and protected National Parks, the Costa Rican capital can be quite a culture shock if you’ve just arrived from the countryside. Linger a while, however, and this sprawling city grows on you. Check out the Spanish colonial architecture of the National Theatre and the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum before you leave.
Transfers to Arenal Volcano National Park 3h06m
Day 10-12 Arenal Volcano National Park
Chill out on the slopes of one of Costa Rica’s most active but most predictable volcanoes. Lava bombs and pyroclastic ejections are a common sight, but the geothermal heat from this mountain also supplies the nearby Hot Springs. Other activities to try include zip lining, kayaking, white water rafting and fishing.
Transfers to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve 3h05m