Stone Zoo of Cuba

Museo Zoologico de Piedra

October 2015   The Museo Zoologico de Piedra   This fun little diversion about 12 miles east of Guantanamo is the brainchild of Ángel ĺñigo Brito. Ángel was a farmer and self-taught sculptor. He began carving these animals in stone around his property in 1978. The sculptures graphically depict life in the wilds, and yet […]

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Nunes Jimenez Center – Havana

The purpose of the center is to work towards a culture of nature, with the objective of creating harmony between society and its environment. Antonio Nunes Jiménez (1923-1998) began writing as a young boy, and in the 1950s he wrote Geography of Cuba. It was a heartfelt and open account of the social and political […]

Las Terrazas Cuba

Las Terrazas

Las Terrazas is as close as one will get to a kibbutz in Cuba. It is a socialist experiment wrapped in a banner of ecology. Before deforestation by sugar plantations and other forces it was thought that Cuba was 95% forests, it is now approximately 30%. For this reason, Castro, in 1968, decided to improve the […]

Baracoa Cuba

Baracoa, Cuba and the road to Maias

October 2015 Baracoa is the oldest city in Cuba and sits as the far east end of the island. Baracoa means “the presence of the sea” in the Aruaca language, which was spoken by the original inhabitants of this area, the Taino. The town of Baracoa was founded in 1511 and immediately became the political […]

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Che Guevara in Santa Clara, Cuba

Santa Clara, Cuba has an international airport, so this can often be the landing point of tourists to the country. If you land in Santa Clara the number one stop on all tourist itineraries is the Che Guevara Mausoleum. “Che” was an Argentinean medical student that stood with Fidel Castro in the overthrow of Batista […]

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The White Sand Beaches of Eastern Cuba

If one heads North of Baracoa you get to Playa Maguana. This absolutely stunning white sand beach has a small government run hotel (Villa Maguana) with its own small private beach and fairly decent restaurant and bar. I have stayed in many government hotels in Cuba, do not let this photo fool you, this gem […]

Yara Cuba

Cuban Road to Freedom from the Spanish

This trip goes from La Demajagua to Bayamo, the trail marks the beginning of the Cuban struggle for freedom from the Spanish. What is most striking to me is that it is farmland for mile after mile.  After hours of driving through countryside without seeing anything but a few farm houses, crops and tractors, you get a true sense […]

Carnival in Santiago de Cuba

Carnaval in Santiago de Cuba

The most famous of all Cuba festivals is the Carnaval of Santiago de Cuba. The festival is held annually from July 18 to 27. While there is quite a lot of history, I asked the Cubans themselves what Carnaval is to them, and the most common answer, after the obvious, one week off a year, […]

Santiago de Cuba Carnaval

Carnaval Santiago de Cuba for the Kids

  Carnaval has special areas just for kids.  The areas have been moving around over the years, but just ask, everyone knows where it is, since it takes days to set up. As you walk through the streets you will find entertainment along the way, so just wandering to look for it can be just […]