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CUBA


Location - Caribbean; Capital - Havana; Population - 12 million; Currency - Cuban Peso & Cuban Convertible Peso

I managed to get a charter flight from Dominican Republic to Santiago de Cuba in eastern Cuba, in June 2001.

 

cubanoteIn 2001 the US Dollar was the main currency for tourists in Cuba, but was replaced by the Convertible Peso. The Dollar was withdrawn in 2004.


To the right is Cuba's national currency, the Cuban Peso
, which westerners can use for items such as street food and newspapers

 

 

cuba1Parque Cespedes in the centre of Santiago de Cuba

 

 

cuba2The Moncada Barracks are the site of Castro's failed attack on President Batista's troops in 1953, Santiago de Cuba. The bullet holes still remain.

 

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cuba3Looking down on the town of Baracoa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cuba4Baracoa's market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cuba5Lots of rum stalls are set up in the evening and Havana Club dominates, Baracoa

 

 

 

cuba8This is a local currency supermarket in Baracoa. It was sparse to say the least. The US dollar supermarkets had a lot more to offer, as long as you had dollars. Maybe things have changed now..

 

 

cuba6The countryside around Baracoa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cuba7Playa Duaba is a bicycle or minibus ride from Baracoa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cuba9The cobbled streets of Trinidad

 

 

cuba10Colonial houses in Trinidad. I stayed in a casa particular (private home) similar to these

 

 

cuba11bThere was a fiesta happening in Trinidad

 

 

cuba12Playa Ancon, just over 10kms outside Trinidad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cuba131950's (?) American car in Trinidad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cuba14Poster of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, Cienfuegos

 

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cuba14bThe cathedral and Government Palace, Parque Jose Marti, Cienfuegos

 

 

cuba15'Tren Blindado' - the train containing many Batista troops that was attacked by Che Guevara just after Christmas 1958, Santa Clara.
Batista fled Cuba on January 1 1959

 

 

 

 

 

cuba16Ernesto Che Guevara is buried here, at the monument in Santa Clara

 

 

 

 

 

 

cuba17Horse and carts near the bus station in Santa Clara

 

 

cuba18Site of the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961, Giron

More info from Wikipedia

CIA documents relating to the Bay of Pigs invasion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cuba19 Playa Giron in the Bahia de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cuba20View from the Capitolio Nacional, Havana

 

 

cuba21The government Capitolio Nacional, Havana

 

 

cuba22The tank and launch boat were used in the Bay of Pigs invasion, 1961
The missile dates back to the Cuban Missile Crisis
Museo de la Revolucion, Havana

More info on the Cuban Missile Crisis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cuba23Fortaleza de la Cabana, with Castillo del Morro in the background, Havana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cuba24A spruced up part of old Havana

 

 

cuba25But the decaying parts of old Havana have so much more character

 

 

cuba26The old town of Havana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cuba27I was lucky enough to stay at a stunning 'casa particular' in a very grand colonial house in old Havana, for about $20/night.
This was the view from my balcony

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cuba28Cuban band plays in Havana

 

 

 

cuba29Live music and dance at the Plaza de la Catedral, Havana

 

 

cuba30Monument to Jose Marti, a leader of the Cuban independence movement, Havana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cuba31'Hasta la Victoria Siempre' - Che Guevara's image on the side of a government building in Vedado, Havana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cuba32Headquarters of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, Havana

 

 

cuba33Restaurants in Chinatown, Havana

 

 

cuba34A cafe built into a Vinales cave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cuba35Mural de la Prehistoria, Vinales

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beautiful views of Vinales

 

 

cuba38The countryside close to Vinales, west of Havana

 

 

cuba39The Cuban family I stayed with in Vinales

 

 

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LINKS

www.cubatravel.cu -

www.supercubatravel.com - Cuban holidays and info

http://havanajournal.com - Cuban news and holiday info

 

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