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I never had my eyes so much in shock by the stark contrast when travelling beyond the buzzing capital of Cuba, Havana, and the tranquil vivid green landscapes.  Our first rural stop was Viñales, a tiny agricultural town that occupy west of Cuba’s most beautiful natural corners. It’s best known for the farming of Cuba’s famous, organic tobacco, which is used to produce the world’s finest cigars. The farms also produce loads of fruit, vegetables and coffee. The typical Cuban way of spending the afternoon in Viñales is sitting on a porch in a rocking chair and smoking a cigar while looking out at farmland and enjoying views of enormous limestone karsts  that almost always seem to be within arm’s reach!!Our journey then continues to the city that is considered UNESCO Heritage and “Pearl of the South”, Cienfuegos. It was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1494. Cienfuegos is a small town, not much to do except walking around the streets and observe the surrounding architecture. Another interesting observation is to see whole families sitting on the porches listening to radio, playing cards or selling little goods at the doorsteps.Trinidad was our next stop, a Cuban city located on the south side of the country’s center. I found Trinidad delightfully colourful with peeling paint. With brick roofs, cobblestone streets and antique façade all add up to the town’s charm. As anywhere else in Cuba, Trinidad has no shortage of music; there are plenty of opportunities for some moving and shaking especially at Plaza de la Musica, my favorite spot to put on my salsa shoes and dance.Beyond Trinidad is another great opportunity to stare at the stunning views of the surrounding mountains and panoramic views, especially hiking through Salto del Caburni down to the waterfall.Our last stop before returning to Havana was at Santa Clara to visit Che Guevara's Monument and Mausoleum. 

Dec 07, 2016

Beyond Havana...

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I never had my eyes so much in shock by the stark contrast when travelling beyond the buzzing capital of Cuba, Havana, and the tranquil vivid green landscapes.  

Our first rural stop was Viñales, a tiny agricultural town that occupy west of Cuba’s most beautiful natural corners. It’s best known for the farming of Cuba’s famous, organic tobacco, which is used to produce the world’s finest cigars. The farms also produce loads of fruit, vegetables and coffee. The typical Cuban way of spending the afternoon in Viñales is sitting on a porch in a rocking chair and smoking a cigar while looking out at farmland and enjoying views of enormous limestone karsts  that almost always seem to be within arm’s reach!!

Our journey then continues to the city that is considered UNESCO Heritage and “Pearl of the South”, Cienfuegos. It was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1494. Cienfuegos is a small town, not much to do except walking around the streets and observe the surrounding architecture. Another interesting observation is to see whole families sitting on the porches listening to radio, playing cards or selling little goods at the doorsteps.

Trinidad was our next stop, a Cuban city located on the south side of the country’s center. I found Trinidad delightfully colourful with peeling paint. With brick roofs, cobblestone streets and antique façade all add up to the town’s charm. As anywhere else in Cuba, Trinidad has no shortage of music; there are plenty of opportunities for some moving and shaking especially at Plaza de la Musica, my favorite spot to put on my salsa shoes and dance.

Beyond Trinidad is another great opportunity to stare at the stunning views of the surrounding mountains and panoramic views, especially hiking through Salto del Caburni down to the waterfall.

Our last stop before returning to Havana was at Santa Clara to visit Che Guevara's Monument and Mausoleum. 
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Zahra BalalDec 7, 2016 10:40 AM

I had no idea Cuba is so beautiful, definitely adding it to my bucket list

NisreenDec 11, 2016 09:51 AM

Vibrant colours of nature and man made little shops on the side of the road. Lovely pictures Jena. the bright warm sunshine made me forget the snow outside. Cuba is on the must visit list. thank you :) .

AhmedDec 11, 2016 12:04 PM

Not sure how I feel after seeing these pictures!. I either want to visit or live there. Want to just sit in the forest smoking a Cuban cigar listening to the jazz. Sounds crazy, it's Cuba!

AhmedDec 11, 2016 12:04 PM

Thanks Jena for sharing these beautiful pics with us.

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