FREQUENT ASKS QUESTIONS



  • General
  • Why should I go to Cuba now?

    Cuba is different. It’s nothing like you can see and experience anywhere else. It’s not overridden with McDonald’s and locals seem to live the most relaxed lifestyle ever. You need to experience it to understand how fascinating Cuba really is. The time to visit Cuba is now.

  • What is the phrase Casa Particular?

    Casa Particular - Spanish for "Private House"; plural Casas Particulares - is a phrase meaning Private Accommodation or Private Homestays in Cuba, very similar to Bed and Breakfast although it can also take the form of Home Vacation Rental.

    A casa particular is basically a private family establishment that provides paid lodging, usually on a short-term basis. In general under this term you can find full apartment and houses, rooms inside people homes, mini-apartments or rooms with separate entrance (studio or efficiency type rooms) and Villas.

    The cost and quality of casas particulares are usually indicative of the accommodation type and type of services available. Most of the casas particulares are rented for short term to travellers. Long term accommodation is also provided by some casas, especially for foreign students.

  • Visa / Touristcard?

    You can order your visa through the Cuban Embassy or Consulate in your country and some travel agencies and flight companies.

    Cuba Embassies & Consulates: http://www.cubadiplomatica.cu/en/Home.aspx

  • What can I take to Cuba?

    Dress for a tropical climate. Pack items that work in various combinations. White T-shirts are perfect for reflecting the harsh sunlight. A pair of shorts or pants. Pack a warm sweater and a windbreaker for winter visits, as brief spells of cold weather can occur. Eschew a raincoat for a breathable Gore-Tex jacket. A small umbrella is also a good idea at any time of year (they’re almost impossible to find in Cuba, so bring your own). In summer, the weather is hot and humid: You’ll want light, loose-fitting shirts and shorts. Knee-length shorts for men are acceptable almost everywhere. Save your shorter running shorts for the track. Don’t forget your bathing suit.

    You may wish to take a dress jacket or cocktail dress for dinners in more expensive hotel restaurants. However, most Cubans dress informally, though neatly, for all occasions. A comfortable, well-fitting pair of sneakers will work for most occasions. Pack a pair of dress shoes for your evening ensemble. You’ll want lightweight canvas hiking boots with ankle protection for hiking muddy trails in the mountains.

    Bring any specific medications you think you’ll need. If you bring prescription drugs, be sure the druggist’s identification label is on the container. Women should pack extra tampons. Writing materials are hard to come by; take pens, pencils, and notepads (these make great gifts for children). An English/Spanish dictionary is handy and makes a good parting gift.

    Space on buses and planes is limited. Limit yourself to one bag or suitcase, plus a small daypack and/or camera bag. Avoid backpacks with external appendages; they catch and can easily break. A small daypack allows you to pack everything you need for a one- or two-day side-trip and leave the rest of your luggage in storage at Casa Particular.

     

  • Can I hire a full-time or part time chauffeur in Cuba?

    A vacation or holiday is a wonderful life experience in Cuba. The beauty, the style, the culture, and the nature– it is all there for your enjoyment. When you travel to Cuba, you'll want to enjoy every minute of the experience, taking in the sights and sounds of the local environment, or simply just to have an unforgettable night out and one of the best ways to do so is through a chauffeur car hire from our staff. Our professional, safe, and friendly drivers are at your service, and you can choose the car you'd prefer them to drive.

    Avoid Injuries: Car crashes are a leading cause of injury among travelers. Protect yourself from these injuries by:

    • Not drinking and driving.
    • Following local traffic laws.
    • Avoiding night driving.

  • Cuba: Money Exchange

    With a somewhat weird two currency monetary system and a very unique political/social situation Cuba's foreign currency exchange can appear a bit daunting for a first time visitor, but with some basic info most people should be able to grasp the essentials without too much trouble.

    Cuba is like most other foreign destinations, you bring a major foreign currency and exchange it into the local currency to make purchases while you’re there. Cuban currency is NOT traded internationally, so you can’t buy it in advance. You buy it when you arrive in Cuba.

    • The major legal currency for Cuba is the Cuban Convertible Peso, CUC. It’s what you exchange your foreign currency for and make all your purchases with in Cuba. Most tourists will only ever deal with CUC.
    • The second legal currency in Cuba is the simple and lowly Cuban Peso, CUP, which is rarely used by the vast majority of tourists, but it’s still something you should know about.

    As a first-time visitor to Cuba though or as a resort tourist venturing off the resort for the day you can easily handle ALL your transactions with Convertible Pesos, CUC. Don't worry about CUP.

    Where to exchange your foreign currency?:

    1.) The best exchange rate is a Bank.
    2.) The next best exchange rate is at any Cadeca. A Cadeca (Casas de Cambio which means House of Exchange) is a government exchange facility. They're located at many resorts and hotels, and at locations all over the Island.
    3.) The next best rate is usually at the Airport Cadeca.
    Very Important New Rule: You require your Passport for ALL currency exchanges now.

  • What are GESTOUR´s payment terms?

    You will paid an early payment of 40% of the price with 15 days before to arrival date as confirmation of the reservation. After you arrive to Cuba, you will liquidate the rest of the amount of tour. If you cancel of the reservation, it won reinstate early payment.
    The service doesn't include the expense of air transport of going and return to Cuba and other operational expenses (health, travel insurance and other).

  • Cuba Climate - Weather

    The eastern part of the country has a warmer climate than the western part.
    Average temperature 24,6º C (76,3º F)
    Summer average 25º C (77º F)
    Winter average 22º C (71,6º F)

  • My Question is not answered here

    If the above FAQ does not answer your question, please Contact us and We will be happy to help. You can reach us by info@travelgestour.com

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