Classic Car-Roundtrip "The wild West" - 7 days

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Classic Car-Roundtrip "The wild West": 7-day Cuba experience trip through the West for lovers of American classic cars of the 50s…

Cuba Cigars and Rum

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What is Cuba most popular for? Of course for its first-class tobacco, the world-famous cigars and the real rum...

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Cienfuegos - Rancho Luna

Rancho Luna - Cienfuegos, a beautiful Caribbean beach and the city at Jagua Bay offer many seaside activities and culture. Because of its splendor, Cienfuegos is seen as a Cuban gem of 19th century architecture. Besides the dream beach, the sun and the sea, you can also find a lot of culture here as well as trips into the nearby tropical mountains and many more!

Cienfuegos - Rancho Luna...the perfect Combination between city and beach...

Review

Rancho Luna - Faro Luna - Cienfuegos

Around a quiet bay in the Caribbean sea, French immigrants from Bordeaux and Louisiana founded the colony of the Fernandina de Jagua on the 22nd of April, 1819. In the year 1830, when it was upheld like a city, it adopted the name Cienfuegos to honor the Governor General of Cuba, Don José Cienfuegos. Fifty years later, it was declared a city and received the epithet ‘The Pearl of the South’ due to its beauty. At the end of the 19th century, the blooming city became of the most important ones in all of Cuba.

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Because of its splendor, Cienfuegos is seen as a Cuban gem of 19th century architecture. Cienfuegos distinguishes itself with its perfect street layout, the refinement and the tasteful constructions of the historic city center (national monument). In it, you can find some of the most elegant buildings: The house of the founder, the Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción Cathedral, the Tomàs Ferry Theater, the Ferrer Palace, as well as the José-Martí Park which has the only triumphal arch in all of Cuba.

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Travel Details

Arrival         
The trip to Cienfuegos and to Rancho Luna leads from Havana’s airport/city across the A1 motorway or from Varadero through charming tropical landscapes with a transfer vehicle. On the way, you can stop at any point to take pictures and just to take breaks, enjoying the landscapes on our individual transfers.
Cienfuegos Plaza

Cienfuegos and Rancho Luna can be reached from Havana or Varadero in about 3-4 hours. The drive there will happen in small and air-conditioned cars. Along the way, there will be a stop at a roadhouse about halfway through, in which you can refresh quickly. Cienfuegos is 350 km away from Havana and has connections to buses, trains and planes. The city with its 100,000 inhabitants is surrounded by factories and industries for processing citrus fruits. Today it is a well-preserved and fascinating colonial city from the 19th century, located at an enormous natural bay with one of the biggest sugar trading ports in the world and a small international airport.

Punta Gorda Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos

The city Cienfuegos is located at Jagua Bay, next to the entrance to the Caribbean Sea. Because of its strategically smart location, the place was used by pirates to attack Spanish ships for a long time. Only from the middle of the 18th century onward, the Spaniards managed to take control over the situation by constructing a fort. Cienfuegos’ early wealth is all due to the blooming sugar industry. That is why most magnificent buildings were built by the sugar barons at the end of the 19th century. To this day you can gaze upon the many buildings, like for example the Palacio del Valle, from where you have a wonderful view over the bay. On top of that, Cienfuegos is an ideal starting point for trips into the surrounding area. An example for a destination would be the Hanabanilla Reservoir in the Escambray Mountains, or the famous, around 90 hectare large botanical garden Jardín Botánico Soledad, which lies about 25 km outside the city.

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Sights in Cienfuegos and the Direct Backcountry 

The original preserved almost 100 year old Tomas-Terry Theater in which Enrico Caruso resided many times in the 1920s. A replica of the Parthenon/Greece as the cemetery portal. The Del Valle Palace, a unique castle villa built in the Moorish style. The city center with many architectural sights.
The botanic garden with 2000 of the most fancy tropcial trees and plants.
Yaguanabo Valley, wild and ancient hinterlands with waterfalls and crystal clear jungle lakes, a cave with the biggest stalagmite in Latin America (67 m) and many more.
City and countryside tours can be booked in our office in Havana.

Das Fortaleza Jagua am Eingang der Bucht von Cienfuegos

Further Spare Time Opportunities and Activities

But the city has a lot more to offer: The promenade Paseo del Prado, the Valle Palace, the historic sea travel museum, the province museum, the queen’s graveyard and the Jai-Alai-Playground. Slightly further away from the city center, you can find the Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles de Jagua Fort, the Tomás Acea graveyard and the botanical garden. Aside from the series of cultural and historic specialties, the traveler also has the chance to experience diving activities, water sports, nature tourism, thermal pools and the special and unique attraction that is the dolphinarium of Cienfuegos. Here you can swim together with dolphins in a seawater basin and interact and play with them true to life!

Diving in the Province of Cienfuegos

From the center of the provincial capital Cienfuegos, you can find the diving center ‘Faro Luna and Whale Shark Diving Center’ about 20 km towards the east and located directly at the sea with a good bit of beach. Both diving centers are now connected and form an international diving center. The small linked hotel complex Faro Luna and the Hotel Rancho Luna harbor the diving guests with an attached beautiful beach.

Delfinarium

You can find the dreamlike diving areas right outside the hotel. The second-longest coral reef in the world extends from the Peninsula de Zapata all the way to Cayo Largo and past Honduras, Belize and Mexico. Mostly untouched, the corals here start growing right on the water’s surface. Some time ago a fishing ban was enacted to help the subaquatic fauna regenerate. The diving areas can be reached in 5-15 minutes in spacious diving boats.

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City hotels Jagua, Palacio Azul and La Union

The 4* Hotel Jagua is located directly at the natural bay of Cienfuegos. Comfortably equipped rooms with baths, radio, TV, air conditioning and telephones. There are also freshwater pools, medical provision, cabaret, a gift shop, taxis, a tennis court as well as money exchange opportunities. On top of that there is a direct jetty for diving trips as well as a disco in the basement.

The 3* Hotel Palacio Azul was built in 1921. It has architecture and ornaments typical for the eclectic style and offers the visitor seven comfortable rooms with every individual one having been named after a flower.

The 4* Boutique Hotel Unión is a hotel that blends the neoclassic style and the quality of a modern and elegant service. This is an ideal starting point to visit Cienfuegos and its surroundings as it lies close to the most important touristic sights of the city.

Altstadt Cienfuegos

Services&Price

Cienfuegos – Rancho Luna                          booking information

A stay in Cienfuegos – Rancho Luna can also easily be combined with an individual Cuba round trip!! Feel free to ask us for our travel recommendations! Here we combine the trip with a stay in Havana:

Offer 1: 

Stay: 2 Weeks (without overseas flight)

Price offer for 1 person in a 3* hotel: from  680,00 EUR

Single room surcharge: from 79,00 EUR

Program service: 

Transfer: Airport-Hotel

Accommodation: 
Havana, Double Room B&B, Hotel Havana, 2 Nights
Cienfuegos - Rancho Luna, Double Room, All-inclusive, Hotel , 12 Nights

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Further island packages upon request! Changes in the program, hotel accommodation+ price reserved!

Accommodation

Hotel accommodation Cienfuegos - Rancho Luna

Hotel Faro Luna

Location: The south coast of Cuba. About a 3-4 hour drive away from the airports of Havana and Varadero as well as 20 km away from the city center of Cienfuegos. Directly located at the sea right next to the beautiful sandy beach of Rancho Luna, there is a small and well-taken care of enclave with good and friendly service. The familiarly led and gorgeous hotel complex has a reception with a lobby bar, a small restaurant, seawater pool and an open-air bar with a dance floor that has orchestras playing on them on Saturday nights. The hotel-internal tourism office organizes cheap trips and daytime flights to Trinidad, Havana, Varadero, Playa Giron and islands in the north and south of Cuba.
Meals: There will be mostly Cuban cuisine with additional international recipes. During lunch there will be food á la carte and in the evening there will be a buffet.
Rooms: The 42 rooms have big balconies with views over the sea and they all have a shower/toilet, air-conditioning and Satellite TV.

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Hotel Rancho Luna

Location: The south coast of Cuba. About a 3-4 hour drive away from the airports of Havana and Varadero as well as 20 km away from the city center of Cienfuegos.

Equipment: The hotel has 225 rooms with air-conditioning, individual bathrooms, a large freshwater pool, 2 restaurants, 2 grills, 5 bars, a cafeteria, gift shop and a grocery store. Medical supplies are available. Upon request you have the opportunity to have a babysitter and child care options, which can be asked for at the reception if needed. There are regularly switching animation programs as well as fantastic concerts by Cuban salsa and folk bands as well. The seaside club also provides for night-dwellers with its evening program. The hotel offers catamaran and dinghy sailing, wind surfing etc. You can even rent horses for a lovely evening-ride right next to the complex besides the diving center. Through the hotel and diving center, you can book snorkeling and boat trips as well as multi-day boat diving tours. On top of that you can rent cars, scooters and bicycles here as well. The daily courses and evening events are shown on boards in the hotel.
Trips: Through the travel guide you can book trips to Cienfuegos, Trinidad and many other places in the surrounding area.

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Flight

Booking of your flight: 

We recommend to search for flights via flight search machines of your country. 

But if you need help, we will assist you at any time. 

Havana airport

Tips

Our tip: A special and unique attraction is the dolphinarium of Cienfuegos. Here you can swim with dolphins in a seawater basin and talk and play with them!

Travel Request

Watersport

Diving Cienfuegos - Rancho Luna

From the center of the provincial capital Cienfuegos, you can find the diving center ‘Faro Luna and Whale Shark Diving Center’ about 20 km towards the east and located directly at the sea with a good bit of beach. Both diving centers are now connected and form an international diving center. The small linked hotel complex Faro Luna and the Hotel Rancho Luna harbor the diving guests with an attached beautiful beach.

RanchoLuna-Beach

You can find the dreamlike diving areas right outside the hotel. The second-longest coral reef in the world extends from the Peninsula de Zapata all the way to Cayo Largo and past Honduras, Belize and Mexico. Mostly untouched, the corals here start growing right on the water’s surface. Some time ago a fishing ban was enacted to help the subaquatic fauna regenerate. The diving areas can be reached in 5-15 minutes in spacious diving boats.

Korallenriff vor Cienfuegos

More information your can find under www.cuba-diving.de