Hard to reach but totally worth it. Baracoa is a gorgeous area in Cuba. We only had very few time we could spend there but nonetheless we completely enjoyed our stay.
I guess as always is best to stay 2 nights. If you come by car it is impossible to arrive during the day anyway unless you sleep over somewhere closer to Baracoa. We came from CamagÃ¼ey so we arrived somewhere around 8 PM. You can check where to sleep on my blog post.
Trinidad is a special place in Cuba and it has so much to offer from places to see in the area to party out till early morning hours. It was declared as an UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988.
The Vinales valley is encircled by mountains and its landscape is interspersed with dramatic rocky outcrops. Traditional techniques are still in use for agricultural production, particularly of tobacco. The quality of this cultural landscape is enhanced by the vernacular architecture of its farms and villages, where a rich multi-ethnic society survives, illustrating the cultural development of the islands of the Caribbean, and of Cuba. (UNESCO)
Since the moment you set foot in Havana it impacts you. It has a completely different atmosphere than any other place. It is a place where for sure I will want to come back and get to know it better.
Before you arrive
download the offline maps maps.me It will help locating streets, restaurants, museums in Cuba without issues.
1. Get you VISA
It is actually a Tourist card not a real VISA. The procedure is very easy. You just need to go to the embassy with a valid passport and have 20-30Euros with you (different price per country). You could maybe check with your airline they might also help you with it.
All over the country you can find billboards or graffiti with messages related to the Cuban Revolution to Che Guevara, Cienfuegos or encouraging education and work. I took a photos of some. It is all about the heroes of the Revolution, everywhere around.
Food in Cuba is not as typical as you would find in other places in the world, but for sure it is very tasteful.
oh Cuba, I am getting nostalgic now thinking at all the pretty beaches out there and that considering that I have only got time to visit a few of them. Here some pictures of what I got to see, you should definitely try them out if in the area.
Cayo Jutias, Pinar del Rio
If you go to Vinales you have to book some time in your trip to come and enjoy this very nice beach.
I decided to write a separate post about Yumuri for 2 reasons. First because the place is very very nice and second for the people we met over there.
Our aim was to rent a car which would get us around Cuba leaving us with loads of Flexibility. The first question was rent a car and drive it ourselves or rent one of the cars that has a driver. Well we heard a lot of stories, most of the Cubans that we talked to recommended to get a car with a driver as it is safer other tourists said they rented a car and had no issues with the road or anything. Well it is a matter of personal choice as of course for both options there were advantages and disadvantages.