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Beautiful Cuba Part 3

Vinales, Cienfuegos, Trinidad and back to Havana!

This morning we headed off on a walking tour of Vinales which took us through local farms and beautiful countryside.
Our guide was Alex and he was a real character, he told lots of really bad dad jokes but always had a cheeky smile on his face. He was really knowledgeable about the local farms and people in the area.
Most of the land is owned by the farmers which was part of Castro’s revolution in the 60s and that’s where all of their income is generated. Most of the farms grow sugarcane, potatoes and other vegetables or of course tobacco.
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We stopped in at a tobacco house which is like a straw thatched shed, used to dry out all the leaves in preparation for rolling and making cigars.
Alex translated the farmers tales of making cigars from planting and replanting, picking the leaves, drying them, pressing the leaves with a flavoured spray and the technique of rolling them.
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The farmer must sell 80% of his crop to the government which then goes to all different types of cigar factories the farmers don’t independently sell to one brand it’s all mixed in then goes off to be rolled. The farmer is paid on the quality and the quantity of the leaves and the price is set by the government.
The farmer is allowed to keep 20% of their crops/leaves for their own personal use (or sales to people that visit the farm).
That afternoon we had a salsa lesson which was a lot of fun but I don’t think I’ll give up my day job just yet!!
For dinner we visited a local farm where they grow all their own produce, meat and poultry and had a feast of fresh food!!
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After dinner we put our salsa lesson to the test at a local salsa club!! They also had professional dancers to entertain the crowd! It was packed with locals who could definitely move!! A good night of fun had by all!!

The next day we were back on the bus heading to Cienfuegos. We stopped At the Bay of pigs not only for the historical battle in the revolution but a beautiful place to relax and swim in the clear waters! There’s also a giant sink hole to swim in!
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And enjoyed a much needed quiet night in and good rest!!!

Onto Trinidad!!! We had 2 days of exploring this beautiful city! I think I like it better that Havana!!
We arrived just before lunchtime and settled into our guest house we had lunch at adita cafe and I had pasta it was delicious!!! Better than some of the pastas I had back home! And of course a cocktail or 2...
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That afternoon we had some free time to Explore Trinidad and organise our next day activities which was a free day! The 5 Aussies decided we would take a catamaran across to Caio Blanco a small island about an hour away.
That day turned out to be one of my favourites on the trip, we had a great American classic car pick us up and take us down to the marina where we got on the catamaran. We tried snorkelling at one of the reefs and saw all the tropical fish then headed to the island where we had lunch and some free time to sun bake!
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The island is home to some really large iguanas who we shares lunch with, well not me I was too scared!
On the catamaran on the way back we thought we’d try out some of our social skills with the locals after quite a few drinks!!
After dinner we ventured out to a nightclub which is actually underground in a cave it’s been open since about 1995 and is like nothing I’ve ever been to! the bars, speakers and DJ equipment is all built inside the cave.

Unfortunately this next day was our last we had made our way back to old Havana and checked into our final guest house.
After a final group drink and farewells, some of us headed back to the FAC art and music factory for one last night of shenanigans before leaving Havana!
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Yet again not a lot of sleep before catching my next flight the next morning to Miami a definite reminder I’m getting way too old for this partying!

I’m so glad I did this trip Cuba was so beautiful and the people were so hospitable and genuinely happy! I made amazing friends from both Australia and around the world who I hope to visit when I travel to Europe later this year!
If you’ve always wanted to go or you’re thinking about going to Cuba I highly recommend you go!!

Next stop Miami for spring break 🥳
L xx

Posted by mslaurajade 16:31 Archived in Cuba Tagged beaches parties nature travel cuba friends havana tour holidays adventures blog catamaran aussies

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Looks amazing Laura, so good to see that smile of yours 😘

by Simone

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