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An island of contrast

An amazing week of talking to interesting people, walk around until I got lost exploring those cities. An unforgettable week of delicious cuban cuisine, diving, and precious sunsets at the pier.

oscar david
by oscar davidAbout Me:As a kid I remember looking at the globe at school and thinking how amazing it would be to go all around it one day, how amazing it would be to see all those landscapes and get to meet all those different people and cultures. I'm a doctor ... read more

North AmericaCuba7 days / September 2016

Highs & Lows

The spontaneity and warmth of cuban people.

Roads are not in the best conditions so traveling by bus may take longer.

Itinerary Overview

I arrived in La habana airport and I felt very excited to see la habana from abobe. it is a beautiful sight. First recommendation I'd give is to before set a price to go from the airport to the city, I feel I was overcharged because it was almost two times what I was told it was. from that moment on I felt very welcome. I stayed in a family house a friend recommended me, a very nice couple hosted me in a comfortable bedroom with air conditioning. I went to some touristic places but my main interest and pleasure was to walk different streets, talk to people along the way, and by recommendations of my hostess i took the island public transport and ate in restaurants not so often visited by tourist, it saved me a lot of money and give a lot of memorable experiences. 

Next stop in my travel was the amazingly beautiful vibrant Trinidad. I met some dutch girls on my way there who recommended me a very nice family house to stay the night. I was there just for a day and I feel like I went short. Trinidad is a beautiful city with lots of things to do including ecotourism, gorgeous beaches, and sunsets drinking bear, mojitos and watching people dancing salsa, even dancing all night long.

Last stop for me in this incredible island was the warm city of Santiago, and I say warm because of its people, very nice people, very welcoming, willing to help you and interesting to talk to. Santiago is also a very beautiful city, it was recently restored at the time because of its 500th birthday and it was glorious. Beautiful streets to get lost in, the pier, the churches. Also recommended to go to "El Cobre" a city nearby where the patron virgen of cuba temple is located "Nuestra señora de la caridad del cobre" or "Cachita" as cubans call her.

  • 4 Nights: Havana
    Historical interest
  • 1 Night: Trinidad
    Get to know the city and its beaches
  • 2 Nights: Santiago de Cuba
    The beautiful colonial city.

Q & A

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    Be sure to establish prices before making any transaction. Sometimes prices might be increased for tourists.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    It's very useful to get along with cubans and ask them about the places and transport they know that are not so common for tourists. It might save you some money and give you some interesting experiences.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Take the "Guagua" main transport in the cities for touring around.