Cuba, a narrow and elongated country within the insular Caribbean, offers visitors many options for those who want to combine several experiences in a single trip.
Exploring the island and learning about its cities along with the beauty of its natural landscape has been a fundamental axis for the development and consolidation of a touristic circuit. Many want to see new routes and destinations, even when the main product is linked to more than four thousand keys and islets and 300 beaches, some among the best on the planet. There are many reasons why Havanatur has strongly backed Eastern Cuba and works to add new offerings within the region to its portfolio.
The reengineering of this tourism product has led to new areas of interest and with it a market that wants to know Cuba’s newdestinations and sociocultural attractions, the richness of its history (in some cases older than five centuries), its natural landscape and resources and renovated hotels.
The Hola Sun and Caribe Sol agencies, belonging to the Havanatur Group in Canada, are working on their catalogues for the coming 2017-2018 season with new modalities and proposals relating to socio-cultural and nature tourism for this market.
Even though Canadian tourists mainly travel or beach and sun stay, more than 30 thousand travellers from that country visited the area in 2016 through Hola Sun and Caribe. The promotion of new options of this type could become a related attraction for those who want to combine rest with with a suggestive proposal of a mini-circuit.
For the Spanish, French and German traveller, Cuba’s cultural, historical, natural and heritage values are of utmost interest, resulting in an increased demand for circuits with preferences for Havana, Holguín and Santiago.
For this reason the Havanatur Group agencies in Spain, France, United Kingdom and Germany work attractive proposals for routes around Eastern Cuba, among them “Tierra Cubana” and “Pure East”. They also offer programs that combine arriving to Santiago de Cuba, with the best of history and culture of the región, to finish with stays in Holguín, a province with 41 beaches stretched over more than 700 kilometres which include Guardalavaca, Esmeralda and Pesquero.
Even though the development of this offering is very demanding, coming up with new proposals has become an interesting challenge given the large number of tourist resources: the historical centers of some of the most ancient cities of the continent, including some of the first settlements founded when the island was colonised - founded during the colonialism on the island - Nuestra Señora de Asunción de Baracoa (1511); San Salvador de Bayamo (1513); Santa Maria of the port of Prince (1514) and Santiago de Cuba (1515).
There are also world heritage sites as declared by UNESCO: the Castle of San Pedro de la Roca del Morro; the Granma Landing National Park, the archaeological landscape of the first coffee plantations of southeast Cuba; Alejandro de Humboldt National Park; the Tumba Francesa and the city of Camagüey’s historic centre.
Meanwhile Holguín, privileged for its beaches and diving areas, has natural landscapes and historical value which include 220 places of high tourist attraction, 170 of which are linked to its natural resources and 50 sociocultural ones, in addition to a wide biological diversity in the Bay of Samá and Gibara.
Havanatur runs and promotes many other attractive tour packages. “Let’s Tour Cuba” is much in demand and tours the best of the island’s geography, while the “Eastern Cuba” package starts either in Holguín or Santiago de Cuba.
New proposals with various options and special emphasis within the easternmost area are pending final details for an upcoming release within the 2017- 2018 Havanatur winter catalogue where “A Cuban Panorama” will undoubtedly be yet another interesting and innovative option of this tour operator.