Join us for the challenge of a lifetime across the stunning Caribbean island of Cuba to raise funds for the Leukaemia Cancer Society. Perhaps better known for its cigars, rum and exotic dance moves, Cuba is a vibrant Caribbean gem that also offers some fantastic trekking challenges.
Over this 10 day challenge, we spend 5 –days trekking, our route takes us through some of Cuba’s most spectacular scenery as we journey across the island from Havana on the North coast to Trinidad on the South, crossing the Escambray mountains. We trek through forests and fruit orchards, past beautiful waterfalls with crystal-clear pools, and coffee plantations. We have an opportunity to enjoy Cuba’s staggering natural beauty at Topes de Collantes nature reserve before trekking right up to the spectacular, picture-perfect Vegas Grande Falls. Finally we glimpse views of the Caribbean Sea as we arrive at the World Heritage City of Trinidad and enjoy its colonial gems. You will not be alone, you will be joining a team of a minimum of fifteen people. Our fundraising team will be there to help you with your fundraising efforts. They can provide you with a wide range of materials, expert advice and guidance on how to make the most of your fundraising.
Who signs up for a challenge like this?
People just like you! Anyone over 18 years old is welcome on the challenge (and 16 and 17 year olds if accompanied by a parent or guardian). There is no upper age limit and we welcome everyone from experienced trekkers to novices and everyone in between!
How will I raise the sponsorship required?
Most people find that this is far easier than they imagined, and we will give you as much support as you need to reach, and even exceed your target! Here are some suggestions for how you could raise your sponsorship. We will send you lots more ideas when you sign up! Here are some ideas that can take you over the minimum sponsorship of £3150.
Non-uniform day at your local school: £300
Two supermarket bag-packing mornings: £500
Car boot Sale/ eBay auction: £250
Quiz Night: £250
Sponsorship - friends, family etc.: £300
Host a party and charge £10 to attend: £400
Ask five friends/ family members to raise £100 each: £500
Dress down day at work/ lunch money donation: £300
Donate your skills - ironing, babysitting, gardening, DIY: £250
Karaoke Night: £250 Sponsored beard-shave/ leg wax: £200
Bake sale: £100
|Day 1||LONDON – HAVANA Fly from London to Havana. Transfer to a central hotel for the night.|
|Day 2||HAVANA – HANABANILLA After breakfast enjoy a brief city tour of Havana before setting off for Hanabanilla. Meet the local trekking team for a briefing this evening.|
|Day 3||HANABANILLA - GUANAYARA Today’s adventure starts with a boat transfer across the lake to the southern tip of the Hanabanilla Reservoir. We then commence our trek, passing through beautiful shady forests and cascading waterfalls to Parque Guanayara where we set up camp for the night. Trekking: 17kms (approx. 6 hrs)|
|Day 4||GUANAYARA – HACIENDA CODINA Today’s route is more challenging! We climb 400m on small mule tracks, passing through lush orange and mango orchards before reaching the coffee plantations higher up. After admiring the views we then descend to join the road for our lunch stop. This afternoon it is a gentler climb up to Codina, where we camp overnight. Trekking: 17kms (approx. 8 hrs)|
|Day 5||HACIENDA CODINA - TOPES DE COLLANTES Heading out from camp we pass along a small path, viewing more coffee plantations, down to La Batata, where the river forces through a crack in the limestone. We then enter a beautiful wooded forest for lunch in La Represa. Continuing on we reach Topes de Collantes where we stay in a hotel overnight. Trekking:8kms (approx. 5 hrs)|
|Day 6||TOPES DE COLLANTES – CABURNI – MI RETIRO After a good night’s sleep we head down to the Caburni Falls, following the river to its confluence with the Rio Vegas Grande, an awe-inspiring sight. We then set off on the toughest part of the trek, heading uphill to the Vegas Grande Falls! After that it’s on to Mi Retiro where we camp overnight. Trekking:12kms (approx. 8 hrs)|
|Day 7||MI RETIRO - TRINIDAD Different Travel www.different-travel.com email@example.com 07850 435135 Our last day of trekking sees us setting off along a hillside path, high above the valley floor. We are rewarded with stunning views down over the World Heritage City of Trinidad and our first glimpse of the sea! As we descend through rural farmland we stop off at the Javira Waterfall for a dip in its crystal-clear pools before reaching our hotel in Trinidad. Trekking:13kms (approx. 7 hrs)|
|Day 8||TRINIDAD A day to relax! This morning enjoy a walking tour through the old colonial town before relaxing on the beach this afternoon.|
|Day 9||TRINIDAD - HAVANA Return to Havana in time to enjoy a celebratory dinner this evening.|
|Day 10||HAVANA - LONDON Transfer to the airport for the return flight to London|