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Traveling The World: Cuba

Traveling The World: Cuba

 

Cuba travel information

Cuba is a country that has been attracting more and more visitors since the US's decades of trade embargo was relaxed. Chic old-timers, wonderful landscapes, fantastic beaches and somehow a break from stress, time pressure and the rest of the world - that is Cuba.

Interesting to know

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  • There are two currencies in Cuba: the Convertible Peso (CUC) and the Cuban Peso.
  • We recommend that travelers from Europe take euros with them.
  • Cuba is famous for its music, hot dances, good rum, and vintage cars.
  • Mineral water is very expensive.
  • You can go diving on the Caribbean beaches.
  • For overnight stays, casa particulares are more recommended than hotels.
  • The invasion of the Bay of Pigs will not be forgotten.
  • Cuba is a socialist country.
  • Supermarkets are not necessarily full. Imported goods are very expensive.
  • Restaurants are often state-run - there are few dishes.
  • Cubans like to flirt - also with whistles, air kisses and compliments.
  • The condition of the Cuban roads leaves a lot to be desired.
  • Tips are expected for almost everything, often 1 CUC is enough.
  • Small gifts are welcome everywhere.
  • Photography prohibited: military objects, soldiers, bridges, airfields, public buildings.
  • Cuba is considered a fairly safe country.
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Exciting cities in Cuba

Havana

Trinidad

Santiago de Cuba

Santa Clara

Matanzas

Cienfuegos

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History of Cuba

16th century. Beginning of Spanish colonial rule.

As a result, indigenous peoples have been virtually exterminated through violence and disease.

Tens of thousands of slaves from Africa deported to grow sugar cane.

1868 Beginning of the independence struggle.

1898 Declaration of independence after the intervention of the Americans (Spanish-American War).

1902 formal independence.

1959 Revolution under the leadership of Fidel and Raúl Castro, Camilo Cienfuegos and the Argentine Ernesto Guevara, known as Che.

1961 Establishment of a socialist state.

1962 Cuba crisis between the USA and the USSR, beginning of the extensive economic, trade and financial blockade by the USA.

The severe economic crisis in the 1990s.

2015 Cuba is removed from the list of countries supporting terrorism, the USA and Cuba resume official diplomatic relations.

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Climate & travel weather in Cuba

Tropical savanna climate.

A dry season from Nov-April.

In the southeast of Cuba a hot steppe climate.

No big temperature differences during the year.

Hurricane season from June to November.

Recommended travel time:

November to April

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Eating & drinking in Cuba

Cuban food is often very difficult because it is cooked with a lot of oil.

The number of foods is limited, so dishes are often simple.

Black beans, root vegetables, yucca, and malanga are popular.

Other side dishes: fresh vegetables, white rice, plantains.

For breakfast, there is often strong coffee with plenty of warm milk.

A warm meal both for lunch and in the evening.

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Soups are part of traditional Cuban cuisine.

It is usually seasoned extremely sparingly.

Hardly any vegetarian dishes, meat popular and available in almost every dish.

An almost complete absence of beef (cows used for milk production).

Often fish or seafood is also served.

International cuisine is not very common in Cuba.

Breakfast and food in casa particulares are usually very good.

Popular drinks: heavily sweetened, very strong coffee, guarapo (sugar cane juice), batida de Fruta, rum, fresh juices.

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Typical dishes:

National dish: Congrí (rice with black beans).

Ajiaco bayamés (Bayamo stew with pork, corn balls, cumin, tomatoes, onions, garlic, chili, green bananas).

Arroz congrí (rice with beans, garlic, and bacon).

Arroz con pescado al ron (rice with fish soaked in rum).

Bacalao con plátano (cod with cooked green banana).

Coquito blanco (a sweet dessert made from coconut meat).

Fufu (pureed plantains mixed with roasted pork rind).

Guayaba con queso (guava jam with cheese).

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Natilla (sweet custard).

Parrillada de pescado / carne (griddle of different types of fish or meat).

Picadillo habanero (minced beef with tomatoes and olives, topped with fried eggs, white rice).

Potaje de frijoles negros (black bean stew with bacon, chorizo ​​and potato pieces, garlic, tomato paste, onions).

Pato guisado (braised duck).

Tamales (corn dough mixed with meat or vegetables and then steamed in a banana leaf).

Particularly attractive landscape

Coral reefs off the islands of Cayo Largo, Cayo Coco, and Cayo Guillermo.

Valley of the Viñales.

National Park “Alejandro de Humboldt”.

Gran Parque Nacional Sierra Maestra.

Dream beach Cayo Levisa.

Topes de Collantes.

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