Hatuey Ship

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 […]

Art in Havana

Che Guevara, Korda and Gonzales

Plaza de la Revolución  “Revolution Square” is one of the 13 largest outdoor plazas in the world. The square is notable as being where many political rallies take place and Fidel Castro and other political figures address Cubans. Fidel Castro has addressed more than a million Cubans on many occasions, such as 1 May and 26 July […]

Pinar del Rio

Soroa Botanical Garden

This botanical garden, developed by Tomas Camacho, is in the town of Soroa in the Pinar del Rio area of Cuba, approximately one hour outside of Havana. Tomas Felipe Camacho (1886 – 1961) was born in the Canary Islands and moved to Cuba in December of 1905. When he landed he became a prominent journalist […]

Old Havana

Old Havana

Havana is falling down, it is chic in its urban decay, but it is crumbling, and whether or not it can be saved is anyone’s guess at this point. Old Havana is a different story. Old Havana is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site, but that doesn’t guarantee much. What is important is that […]

Finca Vigia

Hemingway and Cuba

Finca Vigia (Lookout House)  was originally built in the 1800s by a Spanish architect, it was owned by a Frenchman when Hemingway and his wife Martha Gellhorn first saw it in 1928. In 1939 Hemingway was living in the Sevilla Hotel while writing “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, he did not want to rent the house […]