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Jan 21, 2017 - First Week

And we are off again on another adventure! This time to Cuba. We landed in Santa Clara last Mon. afternoon. After picking up a little Chinese Geely, we headed southwest through mountain and beautiful scenery skirting the large cities avoiding bicyclests, horse-drawn carts, old big diesel trucks and the occasional farm tractor. We started on a 4 lane freeway that quickly became 2 way traffic--a little harrowing. We saw lots of herds of goats, brahma cattle and occasionally horses. The scenic mountains gave way to an agricultural plain as we...

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Val's Cuba

Apr 14, 2014 - SB: Baracoa

Santiago was a ruff city but one filled with good music and for this reason, I enjoyed my experiences there. For the next leg of our spring break trip, we took a 6 hour bus to the last city on the east coast of Cuba; Baracoa. In reality, this bus trip could have been a 4 hour bus ride if the drivers didn’t stop every 20 minutes to either say hello to someone, buy something (probably off the black market) or pick up a Cuban heading in the same direction we were heading. I imagine this was a regular occurrence because the estimated arrival...

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Xela 2012

Feb 3, 2014 - Baracoa

Monday 3 February In Baracoa We were able to lie in for the first time this morning with a start at 9:30 and a short ride by bus to the River Tua. Rowing boats took us out on the river where we spotted a few birds before landing on a small island. The few families that iive there and are descendants from the Chinese who came over to build the railway and then didn’t leave – there are pockets of Chinese all over Cuba and fully integrated over the generations. We had a pleasant walk across the island learning about the various plants growing...

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Cuba and Colombia

Feb 2, 2014 - Baracoa

Sunday 2 February to Baracoa Nearing the end of the long ride down to the south – we head for the mountains via a stop on the Caribbean coast. The route took us through Guantanamo – a fairly modern town where we only stopped for a drink and to pick up a sandwich for lunch. Up to here we had seen further sugar and banana plantations but as we started to leave the town behind the landscape became more arid. This area has also had its share of hurricanes – 3 in the recent past which have helped denude the mountains of flora and leaving 1...

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Cuba and Colombia

Jul 1, 2009 - Jungle and flan

Up fairly early and very dry eggs. The group then went off to a local preserve for lunch, then a boat ride over to an island. We hiked through the island and saw lots of native plants. The guide climbed a coconut tree and we all had fresh coconut milk. We got to see a seasonal farm with lots of farm animals. We eventually arrived at a beach (a bit muddy) and many of us took a swim. We were rowed back to the mainland and had a “Grapefruit rum” drink as well as a bamboo tube of soup and roast pork for lunch along with banana leaves filled...

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Cuba and rum

Jun 30, 2009 - To the Cocoa plantation and beyond!

Up early in the morning and off to the biological reserve – The Culture of Cocoa. Beautiful jungle and farm combined. Lots of flowers and fruits. The local guide showed us the cocoa processing process – very friendly and knowledgeable. He loved to pose for photos! Came across pineapples growing and most were amazed that they were really just shrubs. We ended up with a great cup of hot chocolate and a view of a pig being roasted in an open “tent.” Finally back at Baracoa we stopped in a hotel and swam in the pool while having some drinks at...

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Cuba and rum

Jun 29, 2009 - To Baracoa

Up early and the bus to Baracoa. About half of the bus was sick and we had to stop several times for people to get off and throw up. Things eventually settled down and we settled in for the long bus ride. We rode past Guantanamo Bay and were warned not to take any pictures – earlier busses had been stopped and film confiscated. We eventually stopped at an amazing “beach.” It was actually uplifted coral – very ragged and sharp. We finally got to Baracoa – the town was the first Spanish settlement in Cuba. It had no land accessibility until...

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Cuba and rum

Jun 28, 2007 - Baracoa

Our trip plans changed at the last minute. Because there are only three in our group we decided to do the trip in reverse which meant flying to Baracoa first and then working our way back to Havana. The members of my group are Eileen, from NZ, and Teresa from Alice Springs and we are led by our intrepid tour guide, Nell. Nell is a native Cuban who is passionate about his coutry and adores and admires both Che and Fidel. He is a psychologist and has also studied politics and history as well as engineering so he is an amazing person to talk...

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Pammy in Cuba

Feb 13, 2007 - Baracoa

We all fell in love with Baracoa. It's a tiny place, very remote, very friendly. In the 3 days we were here, we made friends with many people. I stayed with Martha and her grand-daughter Ilnai, the three of us women really bonded. I felt like I was part of her family. We also had the chance to listen to wonderful live music.

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Apr 18, 2006 - Baracoa

wow, esto xa me gusta! vaya naturaleza, nunca na vida vin tantas palmeras, tanto platano e arbol de cacao xuntos! e baracoa, ademais de ser pequeno e tranquilo, parece un pueblo de mar en galicia ;-) e asi me foi, o segundo dia hasta as cuatro da mañan con uns cubanos tomando ron e o dia seguiente sufrindo como un can... pero todo esto vale a pena, aqui si hay playas preciosas e rios pra bañarse (fixen a segunda excursion organizada). Aqui nas excursions hasta che enseñan a tomar ron de un coco ;-) e o viernes xa estaba pra volver a salir,...

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Nov 8, 2005 - Baracoa - Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

Baracoa - The first settlement of Spanish. For some reason several people had highly recommended this place. ?? Yes it is beside the sea but it is rather charmless and dirty. We did find a beautiful secluded beach 20kms down the road that even though secluded when we got there, filled up with tourists rapidly. It seems the lonely planet recommendations means nothing is your own in Cuba. We did strike it lucky with our casa though. We had the highest room in the near vicinity and a roof terrace to boot. We saw all the neighbours feed their...

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Feb 8, 2005 - Santiago - Baracoa, el fin del mundo jiji

Baracoa esch offiziell die ersti Stadt wo Señor Kolumbos als erstes of Kuba gstosse esch...aber inoffiziell send sech d Kubaner no onschloessig..es exisitiere e de Proviz vo Camaguez wenn i mi rechtig erennere, no es anders Oertli wo au of die Beschriibige vom Kolumbus passe woerde...anyway, Baracoa esch landschaftlech es Paradies! Ach, wiiters esch Baracoa d Stadt vo de 3 Luege: d Stross "la Farola" het gar kei "Farolas" (= Strosselampe), el rio Miel (miel = Honig) esch gar ned us Honig, ond el Yunque esch ned us Metall sondern us Stei,...

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