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Mar 2, 2017 - Cienfuegos

Today was our longest driving day, but we had a long and interesting stop in Cienfuegos, a picturesque town located on the sea. The main square is a UNESCO World Heritage site and this town was the most touristy we've been to yet. Doubtless the German cruise ship that was in port had something to do with that. We walked a vendor street in our free time and it looked like we could have seen much more in this pretty town. However, we had a morning concert to attend, given by a professional caliber choir subsidized by the government. It is...

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Jul 22, 2016 - Cienfuegos

We left Havana and headed to the southern coast of Cuba. The city of Cienfuegos, a World Heritage City founded in 1819, was our destination. The ride took us through some beautiful country and we stopped at the Hecto Cresp Farm for a lesson in organic agriculture and a delicious lunch. I was fascinated by the roadside billboards touting socialism. After a city walk, we headed out to the Jardin Botanico Soledad. The institute was founded in 1901 as a sugar cane research center and now is used to study of the flora of tropical areas. We had a...

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May 17, 2014 - Trinidad & Cienfuegos

Continuing with the bad vibe from La Isla last week, I had to force myself to continue traveling around to the last two towns on the island I wanted to visit in the beginning. At this point, I am low on motivation and a bit cross with the weather. It keeps raining the mosquito air force is now in full swing. All I do is itch and scratch. For these two cities, I got an official tour type deal which includes a ride from Havana, walking tour of Cienfuegos, ride to Trinidad for the night and solo walking tour then a stop at a beach. Real boring...

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Xela 2012

Mar 23, 2014 - Bay of Pigs

It was really nice to get out of the pollution in Havana last weekend so I am on a roll to get out of it as much to see the country side. The combination of hot weather and crystal clear water just makes this boy want to blow unlimited bubbles. Cuba is the best place I have done scuba thus far. This past weekend, I took a solo trip to the Bay of Pigs in the south of the Matanzas province to get some more dives done. I planned to go with some people but they bailed last minute which was fine because I was only interested in spending time in...

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Xela 2012

Aug 9, 2008 - Cienfuegos

Set in a large bay on the southern coast, Cienfuegos (also known as the pearl of the south) was recently declared a UNESCO world heritage site. Although attractive in part with some excellent architecture (including the Palacio de Valle built in 1917 which retains many of it´s original fittings - including the lady pianist we think - with a most wonderful rooftop terrace for cocktails) we considered the guide book hype unwarranted. Hired a moped (Easy Rider - yeah) for a day trip to a nearby beach at Rancho Luna. The weather continued to...

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Apr 4, 2007 - cienfuegos

we then moved onto cienfuegos... we had planned to stay here for 2 nights but well basically we didnt like it... firstly the beach was rubbish, we had to drop it like it was hot.. rubbish.. we stayed in a nice casa who also recomended a good casa in trinidad which was where we were headed... Daniel was sick here so me and Lou went out and had the best mojito's of the trip, but other than that we didnt do much.. we tried to find a nice place to eat but there was nothing... we eventually found a place that only had pork... it was a nice...

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Nov 14, 2005 - Rancho Luna - Diving and flogs

We ducked off the main highway to a resort beach called Rancho Luna for some diving. When all the casas turned out to be full we were led by an enemy of the state to an illegal house (ie not licensed to host foreigners) and sneakily moved in. Our hosts were Marta and Salvador. Marta had taught herself English from the television and was excited to finally be able to practise. Both were quite concerned about the plague of flogs in northern Australia they had recently seen a doco on. Marta seemed particulalry worried that even the prime...

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Oct 5, 2005 - Cuba: Coppelia

I love everythıng about Coppelıa. Who would not love ıt? Coppelıa ıs perhaps the sıngular Cuban experıence. It's a chaın of state-run ıce cream parlors hugely popular among Cubans. The ultımate most perfect Coppelıa ıs ın Habana, but ın other towns ıt's wonderful too. Here's how ıt works: For starters ıt's huge. It takes up half a cıty block. Insıde there are a number of separate outdoor seatıng areas. There's seatıng for hundreds easy. There's always a lıne. But you can't just walk up and get ın lıne, because there are dıfferent entrances...

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