Cuba is one of the most visited destinations in recent times. More and more visitors are looking forward to do a trip to this Caribbean […]
On a busy street packed with school children in the central Cuban city of Bayamo, I passed a man hauling a plastic crate full of […]
Long restricted, hiking and trekking in Cuba are seeing a sort of Renaissance. Cuba’s landscape is dramatic. From well managed biosphere reserves and steep misty hillsides towering over valley jungles to flower-filled forests, waterfalls and remote beaches, exploring Cuba’s spectacular landscape on foot is easier now that at any time since the 1950s. Espiritu Travel’s wilderness guides offer a number of options for you to get into the more wild areas of this island nation.
A woman said to me: ¨I don’t like group tours.¨ We were standing inside a cave in Cuba. We weren’t just standing. As I would later discover we were standing in a line for 45 minutes for a 5 minute boat ride. As we stood in the damp cave, listening to the water drip around us, she explained that she likes to travel independently and doesn’t do group travel.
Cuba is one of the most photogenic locations on the planet. With a unique, gritty atmosphere, welcoming people and a colorful, pulsating culture, Cuba is truly a photographer’s dream destination. It is a street photography heaven. While we’ve all seen images of Cuba full of the old American cars there is so much more: the magnificent architecture, the history mingling with the present and the faces of its people. Because Espiritu Travel focuses on the real Cuba, I was able to get places in the Caribbean nation that few other tours visit.
“We are in a new era (…) it is time to leave behind the ideological battles of the past”, these words by President Obama exemplify the incredible moment we are living between the US and Cuba. It’s exciting to witness this change after more than 65 years of confrontation and more than 90 years since a US president visited one of our closest neighbors, just 90 miles from the coast of Florida.
The rise of the paladar…..the what???
Paladar is a uniquely Cuban word and it simply means privately-run restaturant. To American ears, this might sound kind of strange because we only think of restaurants as being privately owned. However, in Cuba this is a relatively new phenomena because previously all restaurants were owned by the state. The majority of restaurants are still state-owned but the paladares are giving them a run for their money and in most cases they are winning. The best Cuban food you can taste nowadays is always at the paladar.
¨It is a land more beautiful than any human has ever seen.¨ This is how Christopher Columbus described Cuba. And it is that the island is a mix of traditions, cultures, history, colors, flavors and smells that has turned it into one of the most attractive destinations for those who love the exotic. The beaches of Cuba and the wide range of tourism activities for active people offered such as snorkeling or diving as well as its colonial heritage will make you want to reserve your trip to Cuba.
Unlike other Latin American destinations, in Cuba there are two different types of accommodation, hotels and casas particulares. These are private houses licensed by the government under strict conditions to rent en-suite rooms to foreigners. A sort of micro bed and breakfast that has been set up in people’s homes.
Americans can travel to Cuba, but how?
Many Americans rightfully wonder what has really changed about travel to Cuba since the historic reestablishing of diplomatic relations and the easing of travel restrictions. As with many things about Cuba, nothing is that straight forward. Here are 6 things Americans need to know to start planning their trip to Cuba.
Essentially a ‘people-to-people’ tour is the way to have a legal travel to Cuba for americans. It means adding unique and interesting cultural activities to your itinerary so that you are offered the opportunity to have an educational as well as a fun and relaxing trip while in Cuba.