The present day Cuba is a promising destination with abundant beaches, magnificent colonial architecture, rich and varied culture, sumptuous cuisines and graffiti covered streets. Nature and people have conspired to make Cuba the most unfathomable places on earth. Here are the 5 must have experiences on the island which will help you savor its Sweet and Sour taste.
Havana’s Malecon Sea Drive
No trip to Cuba is complete without an 8km-long Malecon sea-drive. This road is filled with sheer beauty and stretches Havana Vieja to Miramar, and is also a corridor for thousands of cavorting, cuddling and romanticizing, passionate couples. The beast time to drive through it is when its stormy outside and giant waves are kissing the walls.
Although Cuba doesn’t have the big five as that of Africa, but the rich variety of bird species, covers up the paucity of mammals. More than 350 species of birds thrive in the shores of Cuba. 24 out of which are endemic. Look out for multicolored Tocoroo, the mini-bee hummingbird, and ivory-billed woodpecker which is almost on the verge of extinction.
Cienaga de Zapata’s wildlife
The most untainted and untamed part of Cuba. The Zapata swamp is surrounded by extreme wilderness. It homes cortically endangered Cuban crocodiles, several amphibians and tiny bee hummingbird. It also includes numerous plant habitats and is regarded as the Caribbean’s largest wetlands and is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Nightlife of Santa Clara
You just need to clear off all the preconceived notions which you had about Cuba. Santa Clara is everything you wouldn’t have expected from Cuba; Intellectual students, glittering nightlife, outside the box thinkers and private home lodgings stuffed with more antiques than your down street local museum. Don’t mistake Cuba for just another conventional state which holds debates and ‘Best out of Waste’ competitions, to feel the difference just drop by the drag show at Club Mejunje.
Time Travel in Trinidad
The Trinidad was once one of the most affluent towns of the mainland, back in 19th century. It prospered and flourished because of the slave and sugar trade. The cobbled streets and alleyways of the town are perfectly preserved and on meandering can potentially give you the essence of sadism which was practiced those days. The colonial villas from the era provide lodging services and they can potentially delight you with their ages old flair.
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