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Old Havana and its Fortifications

My trip to Cuba started and ended in Havana, which is huge, grubby and fascinating. The part listed by UNESCO is the area once surrounded by eighteenth century walls. The fortifications mentioned in the little are a group of forts … Continue reading

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Viñales Valley

I was a bit nervous about finding somewhere to stay in Viñales as this was the first stop where I had nothing prearranged and I was arriving after dark. I needn’t have worried; a crowd of people waving photos of … Continue reading

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A grave diversion

I took an overnight bus back from Santiago to Havana with the intention of hopping on the morning bus to my next stop, that left an hour or so after my arrival. Unfortunately it was fully booked so I had to … Continue reading

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Archaeological Landscape of the First Coffee Plantations in the South-East of Cuba

In the Sierra de la Gran Piedra mountains close to Santiago are the remains of 171 nineteenth and early twentieth century coffee plantations. What remains are the ruins of the owners’ houses and the large open area used for processing … Continue reading

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San Pedro de la Roca Castle, Santiago de Cuba

Continuing eastwards, nearly as far as Guantanamo, my next stop was Santiago de Cuba, the country’s second city and the place where Fidel Castro proclaimed the revolutionaries’ victory in 1959. Santiago was founded in the early 16th century and became an important port … Continue reading

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Historic Centre of Camagüey

Travelling further east, and away from the coast, I moved from Trinidad to the much larger town of Camaguey. Here my accommodation organiser in Havana had placed me in a lovely house but much too far from the centre, which … Continue reading

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Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios

A few hours east Cienfuegos by bus is the rather delightful little Spanish colonial town of Trinidad, founded in the 16th century. It played an important part in the Spanish expeditions into South America, acting as a setting off point for … Continue reading

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