New York photographer visits Cuba and documents stay with stunning images

Posted: 07-Dec-15 19:51

Mark Cersosimo visited the island with his girlfriend in 2015, and was so moved by the culture and the people that he created an outstanding article that should help prospective travellers to Cuba make the most of their stay.

New York photographer visits Cuba and documents stay with stunning images

A fantastic blog post by a photographer and filmmaker from New York has gone into great detail as to why prospective travellers to Cuba should put their reservations to one side and dive right in.

Mark Cersosimo visited the island earlier in 2015 on a license eight – "support for the Cuban people" – and aside from helping a local school by supplying essential items and stationary, he and his girlfriend also found plenty of time to enjoy the sights and sounds of this vibrant culture.

Recognising that potential tourists to Cuba would inundate him with questions on his return, Cersosimo decided to compile his blog post in an attempt to answer many of those and highlight just why Cuba is a must visit destination.

He stressed that option eight for securing a license to enter Cuba is open to interpretation. By "supporting" the local people, visitors can donate toiletries, clothing and supplies (as he did)... or you can look at it another way.

If you stay in local accommodation then you are supporting the hotel or apartment owner. If you visit the waterfalls in El Nicho, then your ticket money supports the local economy. Cersosimo was quick to point out that many prospective tourists should be able to secure a license through this mindset.

He also recommends visitors arrange their travel and accommodation at least a month in advance of departure so that all necessary paperwork can be completed, and remember to convert USD to Euros to enable smoother transactions in Cuba.

Cersosimo encountered no problems at Havana Airport (HAV) or from customs officials – as is the misconception about Cuban travel – and he ends his piece with a bullet point list of outstanding things to do in Cuba.

His highlights include taking a private jeep tour of Vinales, a trip to the Museo del Chocolate (the museum of chocolate!), relaxing on the white sands and turquoise waters of Varadero Beach, and lastly taking in the sights and sounds of Trinidad, the ancient town that serves up beautiful landscapes and unforgettable cultural experiences.

This piece from Peta Pixel is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in travelling to Cuba, so do take the time to check it out!


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