Travel Blogs from Cuba

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Orquideario, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Orquideario

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... to the University of Pinar del Río, lives on with guided tours in Spanish or English. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/soroa/sights/parks-gardens/orquideario-soroa#ixzz3wpGArnuP With now more than 25 000 orchid species from different parts of the ...

Going South, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba travel blog

Going South

A travel blog entry by smitherson

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A hellish bus ride later we arrived in Santiago de Cuba as the sun rose.  The hustle and bustle around the bus terminal was crazy but our taxi drive came looking for us and we were away before we new it. Maria who ran the Casa was lovely and let us ...

Bad Hair Day, Topes de Collantes, Cuba travel blog

Bad Hair Day

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... vines, lichens, mosses, ferns and eye-catching epiphytes, are akin to a giant outdoor biology classroom. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/topes-de-collantes#ixzz3x1F5kE1Z It was like a roller coaster with upraised arms and wind in one hair. Bad hair day ...

Underwater @ Cayo Levisa, Cayo Levisa, Cuba travel blog

Underwater @ Cayo Levisa

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... feel like an errant Robinson Crusoe here, you should find time (and space) for plenty of rest and relaxation. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/cayo-levisa#ixzz3x6nTcKK8 ...

Fidel’s Fridge, Las Mercedes, Cuba travel blog

Fidel’s Fridge

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... (positioned here so the injured wouldn't give the camp location away in their agony). http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/gran-parque-nacional-sierra-maestra/sights/landmarks-monuments/comandancia-de-la-plata#ixzz3x1jHkZXG Returning we stopped for another ...

Estatua de Chrusto, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Estatua de Chrusto

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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Standing under a tree away from one of the passing showers at 20 metre Estatua de Chrusto, the CUC$6 / US$6 / NZ$9.25 lunch for me was a ham and cheese sandwich and can of local Cola. From here the views back to Havana spread beneath us. Coming in from ...

Revolution Square / Plaza de la Revolution, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Revolution Square / Plaza de la Revolution

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... the words Hasta la Victoria Siempre (Always Toward Victory) emblazoned underneath. In 2009 a similarly designed image of Cuba's other heroic guerrillero, Camilo Cienfuegos, was added on the adjacent telecommunications building. Its wording reads: Vas ...

Malecón, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Malecón

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... plaques around the statue provide a history of García's 30-year struggle for Cuban independence. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/havana/sights/neighbourhoods-villages/av-de-los-presidentes#ixzz3x0mitpq0 A drive along part of the 8 km Malecon with ...

Parque Cespedes ~ Santiago de Cuba, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba travel blog

Parque Cespedes ~ Santiago de Cuba

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... /sights/parks-gardens/parque-cespedes#ixzz3x6a4khFI By Parque Cespedes is Casa de Diego Velazquez the oldest house still standing in Cuba. Looks like something from Shakespeare's time. The oldest house still standing in Cuba, this arresting early colonial ...

Lively street life, music & salsa lessons, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba travel blog

Lively street life, music & salsa lessons

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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Then it was free time. I let the photos do the talking: the architecture, the lively street life, the music and salsa lessons going on in Calle Heredia. Walked pass Plaza de Dolares up Calle Aguilera to Plaza de Marte before coming back down the Jose A ...

Santiago de Cuba from up high, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba travel blog

Santiago de Cuba from up high

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... and away from the polluted air far below caused by the countless motorcycles. That plus up here having the 360 degree views of Santiago de Cuba. Pizza for lunch plus a couple of cans of lemonade CUC$9 / US$9 / NZ$14. On the way back to the hotel there ...

San Isidro de los Destiladeros, Iznaga, Cuba travel blog

San Isidro de los Destiladeros

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... , the pastoral fields, royal palms and peeling colonial ruins are timelessly beautiful.  http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/valle-de-los-ingenios#ixzz3x1RAjeXg ...

Sancti Spiritus, Sancti Spíritus, Cuba travel blog

Sancti Spiritus

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... beautified in 2014 to celebrate its 500th anniversary. Visually, at least, it's not far off rivalling Trinidad. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/sancti-spiritus#ixzz3x1SZBEKp   ...

Christmas dinner under a full moon, Camagüey, Cuba travel blog

Christmas dinner under a full moon

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... behind the counter. Same price no matter where one goes. Now well and truly dark when we arrived at our overnight Hotel Isla de Cuba. It is getting darker earlier the further east we travel. Leaving at 8 pm (20:00) to walk to Restaurante 1800 located in ...

Tell me it's not true!, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

Tell me it's not true!

A travel blog entry by kiemce

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The whole of Trinidad is in mourning. The world is now a different place, worse for the loss of a great man - our mate, Steve "The Crocodile Hunter" Irwin. It was hard to fight back the tears, but I somehow managed. Others weren't so reserved and just ...

Mastercard or Visa?, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

Mastercard or Visa?

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... withdraw some more money to well and truly last me for the rest of the trip. Lesson is take at the moment a Visa preloaded money card to Cuba, not Master Card. My Visa card was a credit one and I had not loaded it as a debit card. Let's see how much it ...

Che, Santa Clara, Cuba travel blog

Che

A travel blog entry by smitherson

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... , but today its a university town and has little to offer the tourist, so seemed an odd place to remember him...  That evening we hoped back on an overnight bus for a 12 hour ride to Santiago de Cuba - I don't like buses........ :( - JJ ...

Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca del Morro, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba travel blog

Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca del Morro

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... 'a, with another room given over to the US-Spanish naval battle that took place in the bay in 1898. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/eastern-cuba/santiago-de-cuba/sights/military/castillo-de-san-pedro-de-la-roca-del-morro#ixzz3x6ZNIOQa We were the only ...

Calle Mercaderes, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Calle Mercaderes

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... is also characterized by its restored shops, including a perfume store and a spice shop. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/havana/sights/neighbourhoods-villages/calle-mercaderes#ixzz3wvS02M5K      ...

Plaza de la Catedral, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Plaza de la Catedral

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... claim the CUC$4 mojitos have lost their Hemingway-esque shine in recent years. Only one way to find out … http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/havana/entertainment-nightlife/other/la-bodeguita-del-medio#ixzz3wvWCgKjl ...

A fistful of money, Australia, Cuba travel blog

A fistful of money

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... disused Central Australia sugar mill, built in 1904, now home to the Museo de la Comandancia. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/central-australia-around#ixzz3x0vjxw8p   During the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, Fidel Castro had his headquarters in the ...

Crocodile for lunch, Los Sábalos, Cuba travel blog

Crocodile for lunch

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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Some took advantage of the hour's break to swim first in the fresh water cenote which has fish in it, then across the road to the salt water Caribbean Sea. Crocodile for lunch and a refreshing can of 5.4% Bucanero beer for just CUC$14 / US$14 / NZ$ 21.50 ...

Cienfuegos, Cienfuegos, Cuba travel blog

Cienfuegos

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... money filtering through. The industry ringing the far side of the Bahía de Cienfuegos – a shipyard, the bastion of Cuba's shrimp-fishing fleet, a thermoelectric plant and a petrochemical hub – constitutes some of the country's most important. ...

Resorts, Versalles, Cuba travel blog

Resorts

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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... But trust me, this is not a place for the Uncle and I was happy to leave and go back to my casa everyday !!! And Finally So tomorrow we leave, our Cuba experience is nearly over, just a couple of days left in Havana and then sadly, Londres, we will be ...

Santa Clara > Vinales, Viñales, Cuba travel blog

Santa Clara > Vinales

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... mogotes which complete the karstic character of the landscape. These remains and erosion of the limestone monoliths has made this area Cuba's no 3 tourist attraction. I can see why. Noticed as we drove in the Vinales guajiros or country folk with even ...

Walk or a siesta?, Cayo Levisa, Cuba travel blog

Walk or a siesta?

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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A walk along part of the 3 km sandy and relatively clean beach before time for a siesta on the sun lounger that was in the shade before making sure that we were back on the boat for its 5.00 pm (17:00) departure back to the mainland. It would have been ...

Going Old School, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

Going Old School

A travel blog entry by smitherson

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Nearly all the places we have visited have been Unesco Heritage sites and to be brutilly honest, one colonial town starts to blur into another after a while on an extended trip.  BUT Trinidad is quite exceptional. I think it is due to is local town ...

Bicitaxi around Camaguey, Camagüey, Cuba travel blog

Bicitaxi around Camaguey

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... building of 1850 vintage, bedizened with majestic chandeliers and stained glass. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/camaguey/entertainment-nightlife/other/teatro-principal#ixzz3xlhcTtaY       ...

Rationing in Cuba, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

Rationing in Cuba

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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... . Other information is kept on file for senior citizens and those on special diets (or "dietas."). http://insightcuba.com/how-does-cuba-s-food-rationing-system-work These are 3 excellent articles. Do read them. ...

El pan! El pan!, Havana, Cuba travel blog

El pan! El pan!

A travel blog entry by bruceontour

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How different local lifestyle is just one block away from the centre of town where the tourist hotels, associated landmarks and attractions are located. This area is Havana's most densely populated district with approximately 170,000 packed into just 3 ...

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