We flew from Curaçao, via Haiti, to Cuba. After a delightful hour of interrogation by the Cuban customs, they were finally convinced we weren’t American NGO people and we were welcomed into the country. A swift taxi ride later, we arrived in our casa particulares in Havana Vieja (Old). Just enough time for a first round through the old city centre.
The next day, we discovered the city proper.
The next day, we went on a day trip to Viñales, the tabacco growing part of the country. It also has beautiful hills and landscapes. The trip was with Cubatur, part of the government, and we found this out the hard way. We had to listen to propaganda throughout the whole 3.5 hour bus journey there. “On your left is a factory that makes insuline.” “This is our national highway. It’s 6 lanes wide and 12 kilometers long.” “This is the bus stop for local buses.” It wouldn’t stop. At some point the volume was turned down so we could enjoy our books. It was all worth it when we reached the Viñales region.
One more full day in Havana! Time to experience a classic car, and visit the Jesus statue and old fort for nice views overlooking the city.
After 3 full days in Havana we felt like a local. The vibe and food here are amazing! Now on to Trinidad.