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Ciego de Ávila

Hosting two of Cuba’s best municipal museums and now its most intriguing urban park, the city is the most modern of Cuba’s provincial capitals, founded in 1840. Growing up originally in the 1860s and ’70s as a military town behind the defensive Morón–Júcaro (Trocha) line, it later became an important processing center for the region’s lucrative sugarcane and pineapple crops (the pineapple is the local mascot). Ciego’s inhabitants refer to their city as...Read More »

Camagüey – sophisticated Cuban town

Camagüey’s odd, labyrinthine layout is the by-product of two centuries spent fighting off musket-toting pirates like Henry Morgan: tumultuous times led the fledgling settlement to develop a peculiar street pattern designed to confuse pillaging invaders and provide cover for its long-suffering residents (or so legend has it). As a result, Camagüey’s sinuous streets and narrow winding alleys are more reminiscent of a Moroccan medina than the geometric grids of Lima or Mexico...Read More »

Holguin – the city of parks in Cuba

The nation’s fourth-largest city serves up a slice of Cuba without the wrapping paper. What you won’t find here is four-star hotels, revitalized colonial buildings or tour guides with shiny name badges talking to you in English. What you will find is eager-to-please casas particulares, cheap food in pioneering new restaurants, and a city that loves (and brews) its own beer. Neither one of Cuba’s seven founding villas nor a megaresort of carefully packaged Caribbean dreamscapes, the city...Read More »

Havana – magnificent capital of Cuba

So, Cuba is about to change due to ending of embargo, that’s why you sure should visit it before capitalism change its face forever. Before booking a trip to la Habana it is useful to know few tips: Cuba has got a dual currency system – it consists of Cuban peso (CUP) and the Cuban convertible peso (CUC). So be sure to look up the exchange rate before going to CADECA (exchange office), and remember that most deal goes with CUC, but you can buy some street food, fruits or pay in...Read More »

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