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What to see; how to feel the Cuba not talked about in tourist guides; these are candid and compelling tour chronicles complemented with pictures and videos, useful information and tips to uncover the colours of a country tired of stereotypes.

Stereotypes and tourist guides do not do credit to the wonders of Cuba: its beauty, its soul and its legends deserve to be told with the passion of someone who has felt and lived them. This blog talks about places worth finding in Cuba, including local customs and useful tips to go beyond the ordinary and experience the extraordinary in your trip.

Mini-videos of the places I visit are included to make the text come alive. For now, they are low resolution videos that I take myself and edit with my camera, but soon they will be upgraded to higher quality. In any case, my intention is not to show all of it, but to invite you to discover each new destination.

Daniela Corona

Daniela Corona's Been There Done That

  • Swam with dolphins in Guardalavaca at the protected natural park in Bahia de Naranjo
  • Toured Raul and Fidel Castro's birthplace in their former Finca of Biran (Biran Estate), Holguin
  • Music lover and serial attender of the Havana Jazz Festival and Cuerda Viva Festival (Cuban alternative scene)
  • Danced in a "rueda de casino" of over 20 people, after several mojitos - without getting dizzy (or missing the beat!)
  • Explored the islands' most beautiful colonial cities, including Cienfuegos and its Thomas Terry theatre were Enrico Caruso once performed

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Cuban flora and fauna at its finest – top ten natural attractions

Discover one of Cuba’s most incredible and lesser-known features: its astounding nature. From one tip to the next, the Caribbean’s largest island is filled with untouched natural beauty, featuring exuberant flora and fauna, including endemic and endangered species that cannot be found in any other part of the planet. The article below helps you narrow down your search of idyllic hikes and eco-trips, as we present Cuba’s top ten natural attractions.
  • 10 Oct 2018
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Three gems in Havana's culinary scene - Cafe Presidente, Habana Blues and Habana Mia 7

Although a decade ago Cuba was not a destination renowned for its amazing dining experiences, the culinary scene has since blossomed thanks to small private businesses getting more freedom to operate. Today, the island's capital, Havana, is filled with hundreds of fine gastronomic options to choose from. In this post, I describe my experience at three restaurants that stood out for their wonderful ambience, delicious dishes and excellent service.
  • 25 Sep 2018
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Bailando with infectious rhythms - a background story of Cuban reggaeton and its growing success

The worldwide summer hit from 2014, "Bailando" was perhaps the first track to put Cuban reggaeton on the map. Since then, the Cuban form of this upbeat genre has been gaining millions of fans from all around the globe. In this blog, you will learn more about the history of reggaeton music in the island, its continuing success, its most renowned artists and which venues to visit for a night of live Cuban reggaeton.
  • 04 Sep 2018
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A tour of Cuban and international artworks - Havana's National Fine Arts Museum

Your own art attack awaits you in Havana's National Fine Arts Museum. Spread across two majestic buildings (which are mesmerising sculptures themselves), the establishment is home to the Caribbean's largest art collection. Culture vultures will find in Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes the ideal spot to deepen their knowledge on Cuba's artistic evolution and its finest artworks, as well as observe other amazing pieces from the rest of the world.
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