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THE MARIPOSA

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Private Custom Travel

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Discover the incredible and welcoming island of Cuba with our Mariposa private journey.

Enjoy four star accommodation and transport, with a personalized custom itinerary and unique cultural activities. Go behind the tourist facade and experience the warmth and energy of Cuba. Let go, disconnect, dance salsa and dive into the island way of life. Find yourself communing with Hemingway's ghost, sipping mojitos, cruising the Malecón in a vintage American car, enjoying the world's best cigars and learning about Cuba's incredible art and architecture from a local expert. 

You design and control your experience. We handle the rest.

If you are seeking an authentic and culturally rich travel experience, CUBA CANDELA is your answer.

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5 Days

— Most Popular —

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From $2,654*

Dates: Anytime!

Group Size: Private. Yours only.

Cities: Havana and Viñales

Highlights:

  • Mojito-making with live music on a private rooftop at sunset
  • Tour Cuba’s tobacco steeped countryside charm by local transport: an oxcart!
  • View historic Cuban art at the National Museum of Fine Arts (must-go!)

* price based on a group size of 4+ travelers

7 Days

— Best Value —

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From $3,169*

Dates: Anytime!

Group Size: Private. Yours only.

Cities: Havana, Viñales, Trinidad & more

Highlights:

  • Exploration of Centro Habana behind the facade, meeting locals in their homes 
  • Hike and waterfall dive in the magical Topes de Collantes natural reserve
  • Visit to Fusterlandia, artist’s paradise and “homage to Gaudi”

* price based on a group size of 4+ travelers

4 Days

— Weekend Escape —

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From $2,372*

Dates: Anytime!

Group Size: Private. Yours only.

Cities: Havana (Viñales optional)

Highlights:

  • Tour Havana in a beautifully restored vintage American convertible car
  • Visit art deco–neoclassical Hotel Nacional, one of Havana's architectural symbols
  • Tour of the iconic Hemingway House, untouched since the day “Papa” left

* price based on a group size of 4+ travelers

 
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Enjoy the comfort of our private four-star accommodations. Stay in your very own private home or charming guesthouse, start the day with delicious and local breakfast favorites and experience the warmth of genuine Cuban hospitality along with the quality service you expect from CUBA CANDELA.

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Included

·       U.S. travel license 

·       Compliance with all U.S. travel regulations

·       Accommodation in a four-star private home or guesthouse

·       All breakfasts, some lunches and dinners at elite restaurants

·       Restaurant reservations for all lunches and dinners

·       Private car with A/C from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM daily

·       All airport, activity and excursion transfers

·       Local host (guide)

·       All activities and special experiences

·       Design and curation of a fully custom itinerary

 

 

·       Unlimited access to U.S. travel planning staff

·       Cuba Travel Handbook

·       All gratuities, taxes and fees ("all-in price"), except tip for local host

Not Included

·       Flight and airline fees

·       Cuban travel visa

·       Incidentals such as some lunches and dinners ($10-$40 per meal)

·       Tip for local host ($20 total per host per person suggested)

·       Alcoholic beverages

·       Cancellation or other travel insurance (highly recommended)

 

 

Mariposa Reviews*

*All of our reviews are ethically collected from paying customers
with no incentive provided to the reviewer.

★★★★★

The BEST way to do Cuba. Flawless execution. Terrific service all around. The activities were customized to suit our unique interests. One of the best trips of my life!
— Sangu D.
Cuba is such a warm friendly country and so much fun. We were amazed at how easy it was to visit and get around.
— Sue F.
Everything was flawless from the initial contact to the end of our trip. If we hadn’t used Candela we would have not had the amazing experience we had.
— Bridget C.
 

- FAQ -

1.     What are the Mariposa accommodations like?

Our four-star properties are vetted and curated to meet our specifications and service requirements with consideration given to aesthetics, comfort and location. These could be private homes, charming guesthouses or high-rise apartments that are safe and secure with air conditioning in the bedrooms and hot water in the showers. Our four-star properties are a notch above the AirBNB “casa”.

2.     Can I further customize my Mariposa package to include more services or activities?

Our itineraries and services are fully customizable to suit your needs and interests. If you wish to add options that do not come standard with the Mariposa, such as Tropicana tickets or the Cuban travel visa, please inquire about our a-la-carte add-ons.

3.      What type of transportation do you provide?

We provide transportation via private car for a minimum of twelve hours daily (extended service optional) and include all airport and activity transfers. Your private car will be an air-conditioned sedan or air-conditioned van, depending on your group size and personal preference. Many of our drivers are highly educated English speakers, and some even hold advanced university degrees. Our travelers often state that conversations with their drivers were some of the most meaningful throughout their journey in Cuba.

4.      How do I book my flight?

You have the flexibility to book your own flight on your preferred airline at any time you wish. We will automatically track flight delays and be waiting to greet you upon arrival. United, American, Delta and JetBlue all fly directly to Havana and flights can be booked easily online.

 5.     Are local hosts with us at all times?

Our hosts are more like a local friend showing you the secret local spots and less like a tour guide. Your host will be at your service for the entire trip, but you will have free time to be on your own as well.