Jonny right here, proper now I am in Havana, and on this brief movie I will clarify a bit about tourism in Cuba.
Most cultural holidays to Cuba will begin in Havana, a metropolis of magnificent decaying colonial structure, monuments and parks, museums and galleries, music and bars and huge outdated American automobiles.
However the very first thing you will most likely discover wandering round Havana is the close to complete lack of consumerism. Cuba continues to be a communist nation with no industrial affect from America, and as such there’s virtually no proof at the entire massive multinationals we’re used to within the West; you will not discover any Starbucks or McDonalds right here. There are not any billboards promoting Coca Cola, there are not any glass fronted procuring malls. Which is definitely actually fairly refreshing. The entire metropolis offers you a way of stepping again in time.
Right here in Havana it’s best to take pleasure in a tour of the cities foremost websites, a night on the Bueno Vista Social Membership, and journey to one in every of her many museums. You will want not less than a few days, its a really enjoyable place.
In two weeks time Trinidad will have fun its 500 anniversary. Based only some years after Christopher Columbus found the America’s, the city shot to prominence within the nineteenth century as one of many world’s largest exporters of sugar. With its tremendous plazas, palaces and church buildings, and its well-known cobbled streets lined by vibrant homes, it developed into masterpiece of colonial Caribbean structure. So effectively preserved is the city that in 1988 it was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Standing and immediately kinds an necessary a part of most cultural journeys to the nation.
From Trinidad you would possibly proceed east to go to the revolutionary centre of Santiago de Cuba, or head west to benefit from the wonderful landscapes round Vinales. Otherwise you would possibly love to do one thing utterly totally different.
In fact there are many different issues to take pleasure in in Cuba in addition to the cultural highlights Trinidad and Havana supply. Cuba is blessed with stunning countryside by which to can go mountain climbing, biking and horse again using. Proper now I’m at a authorities ranch referred to as La Guabina, in Pinar del Rio province. Every year Wild Frontiers takes the place over to run a horse using tour of the world and horse using is primarily what I’ve come right here to do. But when using is just not your factor, from right here you can even go on fantastic walks, go fishing or boating on one of many areas many lakes, take pleasure in some hen watching, or simply chill out away from the extra chaotic life city Cuba has to supply.
And eventually in fact there are seashores. As an island over a 1000 kilometres in size, with the Gulf of Mexico on one facet and the Caribbean Sea on the opposite, there are a whole bunch of fantastic seashores simply ready to be loved. And in our expertise, Cayo Levisa, the place I’m now, is without doubt one of the greatest.
Comparatively near Havana, and comparatively small in measurement, Cayo Levisa presents all the same old actions you’d affiliate with a contemporary seaside resort, like crusing, fishing snorkeling and diving, however is sufficiently small to not have you ever feeling drowned by mass tourism. As with a variety of different comparable places, Cayo Levisa presents a good way to spherical off your journey to Cuba.
In fact a cultural journey to Cuba won’t be for everybody. With luxurious lodging just about non-existent, transport fairly fundamental, the delicacies although in locations surprisingly good, in others fairly plain, and a service stage that’s at greatest eclectic, these on the lookout for a excessive finish expertise will virtually definitely be disenchanted right here.
However should you’re the sort of traveller that’s considering seeing a rustic that hasn’t actually modified within the final 50 years, a spot that has not been overwhelmed by all the trimmings of contemporary consumerism, and are pleased to float in one of many world’s final remaining communist nations, then right here in Cuba you will see that one of the pleasant, genuine, traditionally fascinating and culturally wealthy locations in the entire of Latin America.
My recommendation is to come back quickly earlier than all of it modifications.