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The amount of money required for your trip is a personal decision. If you are interested in souvenirs or splurging on a fancy night out, we recommend that you bring more than the estimated amounts below. For the a la carte round trips where there are no meals or activities included, you might need about 35 to 60 CUC per day for tour expenses.
Summary of Personal Expenses on a Tour
Expected expenses upon arrival in Cuba
- Food - Allow about 25 CUC to 40 CUC a day for food where no meals are included
- Drinks- 1 to 1,50 CUC for water and soft drinks, 1- 2 CUC beer and 3-6 for cocktails
- Optional activities and excursions (see list of extras on our tours)
All breakfast are included when accommodations are booked via Wijincuba.
Transportation is provided on our tours, so it is improbable that you will need other means of transportation during our visits.
- International Flights
- Visa and passport fees
- Insurance (Travel Medical Insurance is required to participate in the tour)
- Optional activities/day-tours/excursions
- Due to the embargo placed on Cuba by the USA, we do not have access to U.S.credit cards, U.S. online payments, U.S. money transfers or payments by U.S. credit cards
- Big tour operators work directly with the government-owned companies and they do have access to payments upfront
- Making the cash payment directly to Wijincuba at the beginning of the tour assures against possible delays or complications that might arise from money transfers
- The local payment made directly to Wijincuba allows us to lower the cost of our services because no commissions have to be paid to travel agents or advertising agencies. This means you are paying the lowest price possible.
- In some cases and for some countries it is possible for us to charge a small deposit. In those cases you will be informed when you receive the tour confirmation
When we have a group of 12 people, then we use two minibusses.
We use minibus with room for six people and luggage, and we will have a tour guide-driver in each car.
For big groups over 12 people then we can make special arrangements to make the tour on a big bus. Contact us with travel dates to request a quote for your group.
When booking a round trip, please provide the complete name, birthdate, and flight information (arrival and departure), for all participants. Please provide a phone number where you can be reached and any other useful information that will help us give you the best tour experience.
- Cuba is one of the safest international locations in which to travel. This is in no small part due to the swift and extreme penalties passed down for even minor crimes. Stealing from a tourist is one of the serious crimes for which lengthy jail time can be served. There is also a high police presence in the cities, particularly in high tourist areas. Compared to most Cubans, the police in Cuba are properly paid, so they are less susceptible to corruption. Also, there is no recognized terrorist risk in or to Cuba.
- Tourists should still take the same precautions as when traveling in any other country. The less protected areas in Cuba would be in Central Havana and Santiago de Cuba late at night, where pick-pocketing in crowded areas, and bag-snatching have been known to occasionally occur. Violent crimes are simply unheard of as are armed robberies and hold-ups.
- Although Cubans have their basic needs covered, such as food, housing, healthcare, and education, there is a large gulf between their wealth and that of the typical tourist. We recommend that as a basic courtesy while in Cuba, not to flaunt your wealth excessively thereby tempting unnecessary crime. We also suggest not carrying unnecessary amounts of cash when going out. Also, when going out late at night, do not carry unnecessary handbags.
- Prostitution and drugs are not accepted in Cuba and are severely penalized. We DO welcome clean tourism: visitors wanting to discover our history, culture, nature, good music, rum, beautiful beaches, cigars and hospitality.
- If you keep these basic safety precautions in mind, you will be sure to have a very enjoyable and safe visit to Cuba.
Round trips can be canceled free of charge a 60 days before arrival. All cancelations made less than 60 days before the start of the tour are subject to a 100% cancellation fee of the trip’s deposit.
With your booking confirmation, you will also receive a contact number to use if necessary to reach us prior to your tour.
Please note, at some destinations there may be limited or no options to meet your dietary needs. However, our tour guides will do everything in their power to ensure your needs are met.
In some natural parks and local attractions, we need to use local guides, and in those situations, you might be part of a larger group. Most of the time, we manage to have these tours private just for our groups too.
There are WIFI hotspots in almost every large city and designated areas in all the cities visited by tourists, such as plazas, public areas, and in most hotels. WIFI cards that allow you 1 hour of internet connection can be purchased at hotels and at the communications corporation ETECSA locations in the cities for $1.00 CUC each. In addition, Internet cards are also often offered by locals who sell them for $2.00 CUC. Some hotels offer them at a higher price (up to 5 CUC per hour). We advise you to purchase several WIFI cards in Havana on the first days of your travel, as the cards are valid to be used at any WIFI point within Cuba. Be aware, the lines to acquire the cards are generally long and sometimes the vendor locations are closed. Your guide will be happy to help you.
Because we only do private tours and round trips, on each day the tour guide will present you with the day’s activities. In this way you are able to pick and choose activities that suit your needs and physical capacity. We attempt to make the start time of our tours begin at a reasonable hour, allowing you to have time for a quiet and relaxing breakfast.
Many of the activities that do require a level of fitness are optional and there are always less energetic options available.
Walking is usually required to get from your accommodation to your vehicle or if nearby, to that day’s sightseeing locale. Also walking may be required from your accommodation to any local restaurants you may be visiting on your own. While most Cuban cities are flat with paved roads, the streets are often poorly maintained and in poor condition, often with potholes that can be dangerous if you do not take appropriate care. In cities, such as Trinidad, there are cobblestones and the streets can be moderately steep.
While the most enjoyable part of any tour is traveling from one place to another, distances can be long. Some trips can last up to 8 hours, which for some people can be quite tiring.
Humidity and heat can be a factor affecting people’s physical readiness, especially in the summer months of June, July, and August.
On very rare occasions it may be necessary for you to carry luggage for a block or two at a time. However in most cases, your tour guide and driver will be on hand to help you. In any case, heavy luggage packing is not required for a visit to Cuba. Cuba is a casual country so just a few changes of casual clothes and travel accessories are all that are needed for an unforgettable experience.
A confusing aspect for visitors 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.
During our information meeting on the first day of the tour, we will explain more about this, and you will be shown both currencies and briefed on how to recognize them.
Your telephone works on the the 900 Mhz frequency band
Your company has a contract with the Cuban cellular network Cubacel. You will have to confirm this with your local phone company.
You have activated World Roaming
Towels: All accommodations will provide bath towels, but when the tour includes waterfalls, swimming in rivers and natural pools or snorkeling, we recommend you bring a small beach towel for those days.
Shoes: all of our round trips include walking in nature, valleys, waterfalls, near rivers and in cities such as Trinidad, is recommended to bring comfortable walking shoes.
Be sure to bring a copy of your reservation form. In the unlikely event, you don’t find us, you can take the form to a representative at the information desk. Please contact the number located on the form. One more thing! Please call us first. DON’T take a taxi by yourself to the accommodation before contacting us!
Here is the price information for children traveling on the tours:
- 0 - 2 years old are considered infant and they don't pay if traveling with one or two adults. (NO CHARGE.)
- 3 - 11 years old traveling with one or two adults, Receive a 50% DISCOUNT on the adult price.
- 12 years and older, pay the adult price
CAR SEAT: We advise you to bring a child seat for the car so that your baby can travel safely while in Cuba.
COT: Based on your preferences, if you own a portable cot/crib, it will be useful to bring it as well. In hotels and private homes, it is not always possible to find this amenity.
Private homes rather than hotels can provide a higher level of attention to your specific needs. And it is a delight for them to host a baby in their home.
Our Cuban True Colors tour with WIJINCUBA was terrific. As Americans, we traveled under the “Support for the Cuban People” category and had absolutely no problems with US officialdom. We visited Havana, Vinales, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, and Santa Clara and stayed in private houses arranged by WIJINCUBA. These are similar to B&B’s so they provided opportunities to meet local families. Some families were three generations which were fun. The two of us had a private guide the whole time. He picked us up in the morning and dropped us off in the late afternoon. Always punctual. The car was like new so no worries there. Our guide was super personable, very knowledgeable, and completely fluent in English. Overall it was a great experience.
If you haven't considered a visit to Cuba, you should. if you are considering a visit, Wijincuba is your guide! I made an inquiry through their website and got a quick response from Felipe. He answered all my questions, and we became "pen pals." He continued to answer all my inquiries before, during, and after the booking; up to our departure. We opted for the 6 day Central Cuba tour. They were able to accommodate the dates and travel times we wanted and were willing to make some changes to the itinerary that we requested. It is clear that are passionate about introducing visitors to their country and providing the best experience possible.
We arrived, and were greeted at the airport by Tony, who was our guide for the entirety of our visit. We couldn't have imagined a better guide or traveling companion. He spoke excellent English...particularly impressive since he was mostly self-taught. I can't express enough how knowledgeable, kind, and patient he was. He didn't just take us places. He managed to weave history, geography, and politics into a compelling story of Cuba and its people. We could have never had such a rich experience without his help. We arrived in Cuba looking for a guide, and left with a new friend.
jWijin Cuba Travel offered my husband and me the best experience possible in Cuba. We chose the 10 day Cuban True Colors and felt it provided us with a good taste of everything Cuba has to offer. Tony was our personal tour guide and driver, and he is the best! His English is excellent and he was able to share so much of Cuban history, culture and everyday life with us. From the start, we felt Tony’s goal was to ensure we had a great vacation. He would even provide each of us with a bottle of water at the start of our day.
We have just finished a 9 day tour with Wij in Cuba. Everything was brilliantly organised. Correspondence with Felipe before the trip was prompt and helpful. We were met by him at the airport and taken to our first accommodation in Havana. We stayed in Casa Particulares which are people's homes. Some were old buildings, but all were clean and comfortable, with friendly hosts and good, typical food. Our guide, Tony, picked us up the next morning and was with us for the whole trip. He was an excellent driver, really helpful and very knowledgeable about Cuba. His English was excellent, and we really enjoyed his company.