Our trip to Cuba was as exciting and fantastic as we hoped it would be. We arrived in Havana, a vibrating city with lots of entertainment. The first week we did a spanish language course to update our spanish and to get a feel of Cuba. Each morning from 8:30 to 12 we were students and in the afternoon and evening we explored the city. Below some of our Havana picture to give you an impression.
On the left the infamous Camel bus that are so over crowed we didn't even try to use them. In the middle the little Coco taxi's. And of course the ubiquitous old 50's cars. Most of them are used as shared taxi's with big smoke bellowing from the back. Apparently the original engines are now mended with Lada parts.
No city or village in Cuba can go without a homage to Che. In the middle Capitolio Nacional, Cubans version of the American Capitol. And on the right a view over Havana.
Havana is one big historic museum. It's history dates back to 1492 when Columbus discovered it. Cuba was Spain's first colony in the America's. There are many forts, churches and other buildings dating back to the early 16th century. Both on left and right the old fort from two sites and in the middle Plaza Cathedral.
After Havana we explored the west site of Cuba. We went to Vinales and Maria de la Gorda. In most places we stayed at a "Casas Particulares" a sort of B&B. The hosts were always delighted to have you and prepared the tastiest meals. Although most meals consisted of rice, beans and chicken, but we also had lobster. Vinales is famous for its "Mogoto's". Bulbous limestone cliffs that teeter like giant haystacks above the tobacco plantations. The best way to explore the surroundings is on horse back.
The local farmers still use the Ox-cart as tractors and fuel is expensive. And they are experts in rolling cigars of a few dried tobacco leaves. Take out the veins, mash a few parts and then role them on your trousers into a cigar. Well you have to see and try to believe it.
Next we visited Central Cuba and the town of Santa Clara. In this city Che Guevara had his major victory during the revolution and where he is (now) buried. There is a massive mausoleum were all Cuban soldiers shout their loyalty to the revolution.
Trinidad is another historic town of similar age as Havana, but not as busy. That's why Trinidad is so popular. Walking through the city truly give you the impression that time hasn't moved on. We had some great nights out.
In the end, Cuba is a very relaxing place. After the hustle
and bustle of the cities and towns you just want to find a quiet place
on the beach. White sand, warm blue sea and sun. We really enjoyed our
days on the beach and diving with the fish. At night sitting outside drinking
rum and smoking cigars.