Extensive use of bicycle rickshaws (pedicabs). You must be able to share the seat with another participant and get on and off the rickshaw with no assistance (step up is 1-1.5 Feet). Most streets in the historic center of Camagüey are inaccessible to motor coaches and the short distances between Paladares, some activities, and the hotel are, on foot, a 10-15 minute walk each way. At the ranch, be prepared for walking and standing up to one hour on unpaved ground.
We’ll take a field trip, moving by pedicabs — each uniquely decorated by a local artist — to explore the main squares, the church, and the city park. Traveling by pedicab is an intimate introduction to the pulse of the city's streets and residents. People to People Connection. Next we'll meet with a local leather artist who creates unique sculptures that combine nature, Afro-Cuban spiritual traditions, and art. Via motorcoach, we’ll go to meet a family of artisan ceramicists who create the distinctive urns traditionally used in Camaguey to store water. In addition to their craft, the workshop is beautifully decorated with the family collection of ornamental plants and cacti. Mainly agricultural, the Camaguey region produces the majority of Cuba’s beef and dairy products. On the outskirts of the city, the busy streets give way to fields and farms. Experience traditional Cuban country life at the Zaragozano ranch, where we meet Ququi, the head of the Zaragozano family. His son, the local veterinarian, introduces us to the workings of the ranch. People to People Connection: As we interact with the Black Smith, the manager of the milking station and other ranch hands, learn about Cuban agriculture, life in rural Cuba and this family's history. Learn about Cuban family life and the sense of community that this family and its workers share.
People to People Connection: Enjoy a home-cooked meal with a traditional pig roast, including tostones, rice and black beans, shared with the ranch hands - a great opportunity to practice your Spanish and share a true intercultural exchange.
Following lunch, we’ll return to the hotel via motorcoach and have the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
In a nearby paladar.