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Apr 18, 2017 - Vinales

Have I told you about the cars? Cuba is famous for all the old 50's and 60's Fords, Dodges, Chevys, Beetles, Oldsmobiles and other makes both convertible and coupe/sedans. For many years that is all that was available and the cars were maintained, repaired, cannibalised and renovated. These days there are plenty of modern cars but the old ones have become a tourist attraction and are used almost exclusively as taxis and hire cars. Some of the cars are in superb condition while others look as though they were repainted using a paint brush....

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Jan 27, 2017 - Trinidad to Vinales

We went exploring in Trinidad. First it was a walk around the Plaza Mayor. There, there are gardens and large palm trees. It looks very tranquil. Next it was into one of the old cathedrals. It was a museum housing an old boat. The main thing was to climb the tower which we did. Even though the stairs were rickety, we climbed to the top. We had a great view of Trinidad. We discovered thaft even though the outside may not appear too attractive, the doors open into beautiful courtyards with rooms radiating off. Stunning! After a good nights...

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Val's Cuba

Dec 17, 2016 - Vinales

Jour 8 On a adopté notre rythme typique, départ à 7h45 et entrée dans le parc national après quelques kilomètres. Petit pépin mécanique en partant (Dan a brisé sa chaîne il y a 2 jours et risquait de revivre le même scénario) que nous avons réglé sans embûches. Le parc de la Guira a été fidèle à sa réputation, côté relief. Un début en montée d’environ 3 km, suivi d’une descente de 4 km sur une chaussée relativement correct dans l’ensemble mais avec des sections exécrables, dignent d’un sentier de vélo de montagne. Tout ça, en se sentant...

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RouleCuba2016

Jul 21, 2016 - A World Heritage Center - Vinales

Western Cuba is a farmer's paradise. The World Heritage Location still grows crops in the way that it was done for last few hundred years. Food fresh from the fields, accompanied by guitar playing men, served by locals proud of their heritage and accomplishments leads to a wonderful afternoon. I always thought that baseball was huge in Cuba but I found out that soccer is growing in popularity. It was explained to me that you need lots of equipment to play baseball but only need a ball for soccer. It was such a contrast to return to Havana...

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Cuba Adventure 2016

Apr 20, 2014 - Havana to Vinales

Up early for breakfast and then meet our new group at 8:30. This tour is a bit more upmarket than our central american one and has 12 people on it including people from Canada, Ireland, South Africa, UK and Romania. We are the only Australians. After the initial meeting we went for a guided walk around the old city. This was led by a very informative guide who gave us heaps of info on the life in Cuba, the revolution and the changes that are happening. Easter is not celebrated here but it was Sunday so all the banks were closed. The ATM...

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Mar 22, 2014 - Vinales and Las Terrazas

Last weekend marked the beginning of my travels outside the city of Havana. We left on a two day tour to the Viñales region in the Pina del Rio province then yesterday, we returned to the same province but to see the Eco-sustainable village of Las Terrazas. Viñales: Together with the Oswego group, I hit up Viñales area of the Pina Del Río province. This is a large farming village/town where most of Cuba’s tobacco is grown. The farmers here belong to a co-op controlled by the province which provides them with help when they need it on their...

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Xela 2012

Jan 27, 2014 - Vinales 27, 28 and 29 Jan

27 Arrival Same breakfast as yesterday only this time the coco pops were mixed in with the oats and are very difficult to get out. I made up for this with the dates which I love, the yogurt which is ok and the little pastries. Coffee is not wonderful. Apparently they export their best and drink the worst and when it is in a thermos it is never hot enough. Anyway, I was stoked up enough for my journey leaving the hotel and my suitcase at 1pm for the bus station. There I met a very nice English couple who were going on to Antigua and were...

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Cuba and Colombia

Jan 26, 2014 - Bus to Vinales

Same breakfast as yesterday only this time the coco pops were mixed in with the oats and are very difficult to get out. I made up for this with the dates which I love, the yoghurt which is ok and the little pastries. Coffee is not wonderful. Apparently they export their best and drink the worst and when it is in a thermos it is never hot enough. Anyway, I was stoked up enough for my journey leaving the hotel and my suitcase at 1pm for the bus station. There I met a very nice English couple who were going on to Antigua and were astonished...

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Cuba and Colombia

Feb 19, 2013 - End of Vinales

We are still having no luck with internet. We get varying responses; that it is here, but not working today, that the cable/satellite connection will not be finished for another week, that it may be available at a different hotel… but essentially, they just have no internet availability. At this rate, we will next post on our travel site when we return to Mexico City!! I am surprised at how much I miss being in contact, not only with friends and family, but with the world news at large. Today, we went caving, checking out a local cavern,...

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21 Degrees North

Feb 19, 2013 - Vinales

The weather has remained pretty blustery and colder than is typical for the past 2 days. No real rain today, but we are all getting good use from the shawls we packed. Last night we had dinner at a state run restaurant, which had wonderful live music, but the food was cooked in a rather desultory manner. Peggy and I had a cheese cream soup, which tasted and acted rather like some wall paper glues I have known. The music, however, was quite good; a quartet of guitar, bass, percussion and maracas. The harmonies were wonderful and the ballads...

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21 Degrees North

Feb 19, 2013 - Enroute to Vinales

An initial disclaimer; I am writing after way too much rum. And not that horrible spiced stuff (sorry Thomas). After a few false starts, we made it to Vinales, where there are large rock mounds left over after the last ice age, making for an unusual landscape reminiscent of areas in China. Initially, we had arranged to have a minibus pick us up for the trek from Trinidad to Vinales, but at about 9 pm the night before, the driver arrived to announce that there was a “problem” and that the new price would need to go from $200 to $250. After...

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21 Degrees North

Feb 10, 2010 - Vinales

February 10 - Vinales Es frio, mucho frio. We are cold, cold, cold. A cold front arrived yesterday and it's quite chilly. Ok, to Canadians, it probably warm, but to us it's a chilly 22C with a strong cold wind. We are wearing jackets and wishing we had sweaters. Today we will take the Green Bus--a minibus--that is a hop on, hop off tourist bus that circles the entire valley. We are also in search of a singer that Juanita told us about. We are not sure where she sings during the day, but hope that our hosts are correct in directing us to El...

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