Cuba is an island of extremes, curious mix of tropical paradise and quaint nostalgia. Mostly known for its rum, its cigars, its colonial beauty and, perhaps, for its revolution.
I bought the airplane ticket, got my visa and the next day Fidel Castro died. I had been looking forward to heading to Cuba for quite some time and I’m happy I did. I knew it was going to be a beautiful destination, but never thought I would get to experience what life was like when my parents were growing up. I took a journey back in time.
WiFi here is still very limited, but WiFi zones are easy to find. They are full of Cubans with smart phones. Cuba is one of the last places on earth where getting on the Internet is a hassle. I loved it. Going off line for a while was the best way to enjoy my vacation.
Havana is a safe city, and if you feel save you are open to new experiences. We had struck up conversation with the locals and accepted the adventure to be taken around the neighbourhood. Cuba’s nostalgic splendour and its extreme poverty can be found in Havana within blocks of each other.
TIP: Your budget for transportation depends on how many kilometres you want to travel and how comfortable you want to do that.
Rent – a – car: approximately 100 €\day
Taxi from Havana to: Viñales – 120 €, Cienfuegos – 140 €, Trinidad – 150 €
Taxi colectivo (per person) from Havana to Viñales – 20 €, Cienfuegos – 30 €, Trinidad – 30 €. Taxi colectivo means a taxi that shares cost among all passengers, shared local Cuban taxi are mostly old American and Russian cars.
I hope you like this little photo diary I put together to share my time adventuring through Havana. Let me know if you have visited Cuba and how did you like it. If you need any more recommendations, drop me a line.