Getting on/off pedicabs (bicycle rickshaws) with shared seating; step up 1 to 1.5 feet. Most streets in Camagüey historical district inaccessible to motor coaches; walking up to 2 miles, approximately 10-15 minutes each way between hotel, paladares, some activities. Getting in/out of a motorcoach; driving about 15 miles, approximately 1 hour. At ranch, walking up to 1 mile standing up to 1 hour; unpaved ground.
From the hotel, we’ll set out on a field trip by pedicabs — each uniquely decorated by a local artist — to explore the main squares, the church, and the city park. Traveling by pedicab provides a close-up introduction to the pulse of the city's streets and residents. To begin, we’ll meet a local leather artist who creates unique carvings that combine nature and Afro-Cuban spiritual traditions. We’ll then board a motorcoach and go to meet a family of artisan ceramicists who make the distinctive urns traditionally used in Camagüey to store water. In addition to their craft, the workshop is beautifully decorated with the family collection of ornamental plants and cacti. Sure to be a highlight of the day, we will experience traditional Cuban country life at Finca Zaragozano — the Zaragozano ranch. We will meet Ququi, the head of the Zaragozano family and his son, the local veterinarian, who will introduce us to the workings of the ranch.
At the ranch, we’ll have a meal prepared in the open air kitchen featuring traditional roast pig and side dishes such as tostones, rice and black beans, and more — shared with ranch hands and family members. A great opportunity to practice your Spanish and share a true intercultural exchange.
We will continue to interact with ranch hands as we learn about Cuban agriculture, life in rural areas, family history and family life, and the sense of community the family and its workers share. We’ll then ride to the home — that also serves as a studio/workshop and gallery — of noted artists Joel Jover and Ileana Sanchez, both born in Camagüey. Ileana is an exponent of vibrantly colored works that express “alegría de vivir” while Joel’s art is more expressionistic and his color palette more subdued. Their home is filled with paintings, antiques, books, and curios such as vintage toys. We will enjoy an aperitivo with these prodigiously creative artists before returning to the hotel.
On your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.