Hostal Santa Elena
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... about the farm and then we all got a cigar if we wanted it. This one was different to the one the night before, it was more pure tobacco flavoured. The farmer used to have to sell all his product to the government but due to some law changes a few years ago is now allowed to sell 10% directly to tourists and other people.
Then the last stop of the tour was a walk through a cave and a boat ride on the river that runs through the cave. This was quite cool, ...
... and pineapple as live barriers; mixed planting; crop rotation. In effect much of ‘o’ level geography, UK, 1965!
All of the farming seems to be done by oxen and primitive ploughs, and transport mainly horse and trap. Animals roam freely (cows, goats, etc) to glean food, they are fed back home in the evening, so apparently they do return.
We picked up a tour guide, but the walking was short and slow (4 miles?), ...
... After I'd shouted at him a bit, in English I gave him a fiver just to go away
So, we jumped in a real taxi making sure to negotiate the 7CUC fee first and the restaurant was actually quite a long way away. When we finally rocked up to the address in a quiet residential neighbourhood the taxi driver was confused, as was Louise. But I knew better. This paladar was actually someone's apartment on the eleventh floor of a tower block. Walking up to the building a boy unlocked ...
... when we think that there should be a turn, we check after we passed the street and check where it goes if we would come the other direction. And see there that’s how we saw the sign right to "Las Tunas"… only right was a nightmare of gravel not a street…. So we kind of guessed the direction and finally got where we wanted to be ...
... Third stop: Trinidad
Up until the late 19th century, Trinidad was the capital of the sugar trade, exporting produce all over the world. With the commercialization of the sugar production in Europe and Norther America, the city and the regions lost its significance. Today, Trinidad is a bustling tourist destination. You will find more horse and carts here than cars and all in all the city is very laid back and relaxed. A great water fall and a white sandy beach is just a ...