Now is the time to see Cuba
Once you pull away from the “all-inclusive hotels” in Cuba, you’ll find urban centers lined with vintage American cars, lush landscapes and farming towns, where locals travel by horse and carriage. History has left an interesting mix of architecture, from military and Colonial to colorful French and Spanish influences.
The Cubans themselves are warm, friendly and enterprising people.
And while a great number are optimistically awaiting the coming changes, now that relationships with the U.S. are being (slowly) restored, I have to think that some of the beauty and charm may disappear. So my friends, the best time to see this country is now.
Havana Apartment building showing signs of decay and requiring repairs. Typical of most buildings in Cuba. Regardless, Havana oozes charm that lures visitors to explore from its rum and cigar factories to historical landmarks like the Plaza de la Revolution, Castillo el Morro and Catedral de San Cristobal.
In Cuba, 30 percent of the country’s land is used for crop cultivation. Farmers grow mango, papaya, pineapple, avocado, guava, coconut, cassava, bananas,plantains and anonaceae (custard apple) along with sugar cane. Nene’s farm just outside of Guardalavaca grows a small subset of these crops for the government run markets.
Stay tuned for another photo essay on Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba on Friday.
By Parm, Planet Blue Adventure
February 1, 2015