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Travelling around Cuba driver/guide recommendations needed

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1. Posted by Michele Brown (Budding Member 3 posts) 25w

Michele Brown has indicated that this thread is about Cuba

We ae planing to go to Cuba and want to travel around key places with our own independent druver/guide, anything up to 2 weeks.Low key, reasonably cost.
Would welcome any views on this and any recommendations re a driver/guide please as not sure where to start.
Thank you
Michele Brown

2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2422 posts) 25w

What's your budget?

Cheers,
Terry

3. Posted by Michele Brown (Budding Member 3 posts) 25w

Hi,
Thanks for getting in touch.
To be honest we would like a reliable, experienced driver at a reasonable price.
We travelled round Sir Lanka for 10 days with an excellent driver, he charged $600, which for an air conditioned people carrier, his amazing skill in packing absolutely loads into every day, great timings, he was our sort of age, nearly 60 and we had a perfect time.Action packed yet easy going. We would be equally happy with a younger driver though.
We stayed in a range of hotels, homeststays, air B&B's, as expensive as £60 per night and as cheap as £11 for two.We like to go to the key places, yet see local life, eat local and pay local prices, when possible. We travel light and if we had more time we would backback.We are not into the big tourist entrapments.
We need a driver so we can maximise our limited time.
So, any contacts you might know would be greatfully appreciated.
Cheers
Michele

4. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2422 posts) 25w

Drivers/Interpreters/Guides are a dime a dozen in India/Sir Lanka. That is not the situation in Cuba. Private drivers with their own vehicles who are legally licensed to transport foreigners are a fairly recent phenomenon.

Start your research by contacting these guys:

http://pototocuba.com/Pototow/
http://www.jorge-cubaholidays.com/index.html

Have fun, it's a very unique destination.

Cheers,
Terry

5. Posted by Michele Brown (Budding Member 3 posts) 25w

Thank you Terry,
I will have a look at those links.

Really helpful.

Thanks again
Michele

6. Posted by TakeOnTheWorld (Budding Member 3 posts) 24w

Hi, not sure on the guide/driver as I took buses everywhere...

Vinales is an absolute must! amazing views, beautiful little town, plenty of Casa Particular to stay at and the horse riding tour is awesome. You can book this with your casa. There is a beautiful beach close by, cant remember the name, but white sand, clear water and loads of bars and restaurants.

Trinidad is stunning, well worth it if you like history and old architecture.

I fell in love with Baracoa but may be a little too far away for a two week stay.

Make sure to try out salsa, the local coffee and chocolate and of course the cigars.

Enjoy!

7. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2422 posts) 24w

Cayo Jutia & Cayo Levisa.

Cheers,
Terry