Off The Beaten Track

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Go off the tourist trail to discover little explored gems and less trodden routes in Cuba.

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  • 18 Oct 2017
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  • Susana Corona
Connecting two islands

El Bosque de La Habana - a colourful glimpse into the city's greenest spot

Not often frequented by tourists yet one of the most popular emblems of the city, especially from the 60s to the 90s (when it peaked in popularity) the somewhat neglected Bosque de La Habana (Forest of Havana) is in a process of resurgence and restoration, still very much an unfinished project widely regarded as Havana’s lung. While its river struggles to battle contamination, its banks are as beautiful and verdant as ever and play host to some peculiar santeria rituals.
  • 19 Jul 2017
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  • Susana Corona
Connecting two islands

The spooky tale behind Trinidad's haunted mansion - Palacio Borrell

Nowadays housing the Office of the Conservator of the City, one of the many stunning colonial mansions that make up Trinidad´s invaluable architectural heritage, also has a tragic, controversial and somewhat mystical past. The stuff of legends, it goes that this particular house was once the residence of the devil himself and in it a series of curious events, including the plotting of the owner´s murder by his wife and eldest son took place. Read on to find out the full, blustery story.
  • 02 Jun 2017
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  • Ernesto Alvarez
Varadero in Detail

The Oscar M. de Rojas Museum in Cárdenas; a surprise beyond each step

The Oscar M. de Rojas Museum in Cárdenas, which will honour its 115th anniversary in 2015, preserves more than 90,000 Cuban and foreign pieces. Its 12 showrooms enable you to travel through many historic and human knowledge facets, while observing remarkable pieces and curiosities. A visit to this museum only 9 km away from Varadero and reopened by Fidel Castro in 2003, is a pleasant approach to unsuspected and hitherto unknown details of Cuban and world history.
  • 21 Mar 2017
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  • Marcel Lueiro
Striking a note

Casa de la Trova: Sancti Spiritus's romantic and bohemian side

Evenings at Casa de la Trova (Trova House – trova or la trova, meaning troubadour music) in the city of Sancti Spiritus are bohemian and energising. Under the stars, in the interior patio of an 18th century colonial house, you’ll be able to taste first-hand the different flavours of Sancti Spiritus’s traditional music. It’s an excellent opportunity for you to meet the people from this city in central Cuba, through the sounds that define its five-century-old culture.
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