If you travel to Cuba, one of the most magnetic and vibrant colonial cities to visit is Havana.
It treasures history and an incredible eclectic culture, which mixes the most deeply rooted Cuban tradition with the most modern international trends.
It boasts a colonial architecture worthy of being appreciated in a tour around old Havana; you will find rooftops and super cool restaurants where to enjoy the good vibes (and excellent cocktails) both day and night; It has beautiful beaches just 30 minutes from the city center and, if all this seems little to you, Havana also offers adventure and adrenaline.
The adventure and adrenaline are two components that are found in everyday life in Havana: from riding in a rickshaw through the narrow and lively streets of Centro Habana, to enjoying a Sunday party in the crowded Hammel alley, to the rhythm of drums and choirs in the Yoruba language.
1 SPORTS CLIMBING IN HAVANA
This adventure excursion in Havana is ideal if you travel a group of friends To Cuba. You will have the opportunity to enjoy rock climbing, in an area of beautiful landscapes next to Almendares River, just in the middle of the city.
This group of climbers, friends of CubaUnique, has almost 10 years of experience in sports climbing in Havana, so everything is under control. They will provide you with the recovered shoes, liquid magnesium, ropes, helmets, etc.
If you are one of those who enjoy sports, nature, mental and physical improvement and, above all, fun, this is your adventure tour in Havana!
With a duration of approximately 3 hours, you will learn a brief history of climbing in Cuba. Then they will explain how to use the equipment correctly to guarantee your safety and then… let's climb!
The climbing sector is equipped with chemicals ?the best anchors that support 3500kg/35kn? by the ACE (Cuban Association of Outfitters).
2 BY BOAT ON THE HAVANA COAST
Departing from Miramar, a district of Modern Havana, the only one comes out private sailboat unique in Havana, and a friend of CubaUnique.
The sailboat is equipped with everything you need for your safety and fun: life jackets, masks, fishing rods, etc. Although it has a spacious cabin, everything you need is basically outside!
On this adventure excursion you will have the unique opportunity to see the Havana boardwalk from the sea, while you take the opportunity to fishing some local fish or to take a dip in the waters of the north coast of Havana.
On the way we will stop at one of our favorites paladares where you can eat excellent fresh seafood at a good price.
3 KITE SURF IN HAVANA (EASTERN BEACHES)
Since 2020, this adventure activity has been practiced in Cuba as a hobby for some Cubans: in Varadero, Caibarién, Cayo Santa María (in these last two only the modality is carried out). free style), Guardalavaca, Cayo Guillermo (the mecca of kiting in Cuba) and on the eastern beaches, in Havana.
The best attraction that Cuba has as a destination is that its beaches are practically empty during the winter season which is the best time to practice this sport.
Following the guidelines established by the iko (International Kiteboarding Organization) you can count on top-class equipment and instructors who will ensure your safety and correct practice of this fun outdoor excursion in Havana.
4 PARAGLIDING IN THE ABRA DE CANASÍ
A group of Cuban paratroopers educated and trained in Spain, he returned to Cuba to practice a new sport: paragliding.
If we look up this word in the dictionary to understand what exactly the paragliding It reads like this: "Sports skydiving modality that consists of launching from a slope or being towed from a boat with an deployed parachute and making a controlled descent."
The best places to fly in Cuba are on the Isla de la Juventud, Santiago de Cuba, Granma, Villa Clara and Mayabeque. In this last province is located the Abra de Canasí, a natural paradise just 60km from Havana to live this adventure and adrenaline activity.
If you have never practiced this sport before, you can fly in tandem or tandem paraglider with experienced pilots. After ascending to an elevation from which the takeoff takes place, you will be able to live a unique experience that, according to paragliders, cannot be experienced on dry land.
The opportunity to be up in the air, in free flight and planning with the large sails, which look like multicolored birds, will make you feel how the adrenaline invades your body, while you experience a tremendous sensation of peace and fullness when contemplating the Cuban landscape from the air.
5 DIVING OFF THE COAST OF HAVANA
Cuba has exceptional places to practice scuba diving all over the island. But this diving experience that we propose is for all those who dare to discover the wonders of the Cuban seabed at shallow depth and diving without leaving Havana.
If you are not professional divers (that is, if you do not have a diving license) it does not matter, because before venturing into the depths you will receive an instructive class (briefing) about the equipment, how to use it and the techniques for diving. A dive master or diving instructor will accompany you.
The only thing you need to take with you is a towel and a swimsuit, since the experience includes all the equipment (mask, suit, air bottle, mask, fins or frog legs, diving vest, regulator or booties, if necessary) .
In CubaUnique we enjoy organizing trips of sensations and stirring up emotions in the experiences that we design throughout Cuba, authentic adventure cocktails where we include unique corners of nature, moderate physical activity and, above all, a lot of enjoyment.
We suggest some of our most popular organized tours most popular, and adventure and nature activities in areas as interesting as western Cuba or in less exploited corners such as baracoa.
Article written by Gabriela Rodríguez, an independent guide to Cuba.
Videos and photographs produced and edited by Javier Ernesto Hernández-López.0