What to see in Cienfuegos, Cuba?

What to see in Cienfuegos Cuba

Cienfuegos: the quiet city

Cienfuegos is one of those passing cities in Cuba. It is strategically located between Havana and Trinidad, which makes it a good place to make a stop on the way.

In addition, we recommend you to visit and sleep for two nights in Trinidad and dive in the Bay of Pigs.

If you have to choose between Trinity and Cienfuegos, the former is much more exuberant. It is a colonial jewel in every rule, but also a very tourist place with jineteros that will try to sell you constantly all kinds of services. Also, Trinidad had one of the best musical environments on the island.

Anyway, we are going to explain you the beautiful city of Cienfuegos.

What to see in Cienfuegos, Cuba: an everyday city

Cienfuegos does not have the splendor of Trinidad or the charm of Old Havana. It’s a bit of a passing city, so it will allow you to see a more real and less touristic Cuba.

It is known as the “Pearl of the South“. It was founded by French colonists and owes its name to the Spanish soldier José Cienfuegos Jovellanos.

It’s a city you can visit in a day. 

José Martí Park

It is the central park of the city and is located in the old Plaza de Armas. In the center you will find a monument to the Cuban politician José Martí.

The beautiful thing about this square are the colorful neocolonial buildings of pastel tone that surround it as the Palace of the Government of Cienfuegos and its great reddish dome well preserved.

It’s a pretty quiet part of town.

At one end of the park, you can see the Triumphal Arch erected by city workers in honor of the Republic.

Tomas Terry Music House and Theater

Currently, the music of Cienfuegos has its provincial choir, instrumental music bands, popular dance music orchestras and relevant music festivals such as Benny Moré and Alternative Music.

There is also a very famous dance club that takes its name from this musician.

The music centre in Cienfuegos is the House of Music. You will find one in each city and here we also recommend you to visit it to consult its programming.

The Tomás Terry Theatre is another cultural highlight and is located in the Plaza de José Martí.

Paseo del Prado: the wadis of Cienfuegos

The Paseo del Prado, which crosses the city to the Malecón and Punta Gorda, is the real heart of the city. It reminds a little of the typical wadis that exist in many Catalan villages.

There you will be able to see people all the time ramble: walking up and down, participating in lively debates on the promenade benches, taking wifi connection points, chatting in a group or playing ball.

Next to it you can see some buildings and emblematic places of the city like the Coppelia Ice Cream Store and several art galleries.

One of the most surprising curiosities about Cuba is the large number of artists’ workshops that you will be able to find in each city.

Royal Quay and alley in the surrounding area

The Royal Pier is a place to relax by the sea, listen to music and have a drink. We recommend it as a very Sunday afternoon plan. There are hardly any tourists.

We recommend you wander around a little before you get there. In Cienfuegos the streets are wide and there are many people who simply spend the afternoon sitting in the street.

They might come up to you for a little chat. In general, Cubans like to talk a lot and tourists always tell us what’s new.

Malecón and Punta gorda of Cienfuegos

The Malecón de Cienfuegos ends at an elongated end called Punta Gorda. It is an area with large buildings and hotels of neoclassical style.

You can walk from the center, it’ll take about 30-40 minutes. Another option is to get into the taxis or tuk tuk that run the walk.

One of the most significant buildings in the area is the Palacio del Valle, a historic town in Cienfuegos in Arabic style with a beautiful bar-terrace overlooking the sea.

If you decide to continue to Punta Gorda you will find a sought-after dining room practically on the sea.

It may be the most touristic area of Cienfuegos, but it is not overcrowded at all.

Eating at Los Complacientes

Los Complacientes is a home-cooked restaurant located in the center of Cienfuegos. It’s one of those places Cubans usually go to for dinner.

The food was simple based on meat, rice and fried banana. We liked it so much that we had dinner there two nights.

The price of this restaurant is well below that of the tourist establishments. A dinner can cost you between 4-6 CUC.

Another place with hardly any tourists is Pizza Pizza, a pizzeria very popular among the families of Cienfuegos. You can have a pizza for 5.50 CUC.

Reggaeton for teenagers at Benny Moré Club

You can go to celebrate something at Club Benny Moré, a popular party hall in Cienfuegos. If you ask yourselves what young people dance in Cuba I’ll tell you the same as in many places: reggaeton.

There is not much access to information from abroad, but the island sells USB with recorded commercial music videos that are played on televisions in bars and clubs.

The entrance to the disco costs 2CUC and you can drink a beer for 1CUC or order a whole bottle of alcohol for 9CUC.

Sleeping in a private house in Cienfuegos

Sleeping in Cuban houses made this trip something very special. We recommend it to you as an experience, since it will allow you to know them and listen to their advice and recommendations.

How to get to Cienfuegos

In general, in Cuba there are three ways to get anywhere.

  • By bus Víazul: There is a line that runs from Trinidad to Varadero and passes through Cienfuegos. The ticket from Havana to Cienfuegos costs 20USD and departs at 07:00 and 10:40 from the Havana bus station.
  • By collective: These are taxis shared by up to four people who will take you from door to door of your accommodation. You will pay 25CUC per person.
  • By rental car: Another very common option. It is convenient to consult prices since the rents in Cuba are quite expensive.

We recommend you to visit Cienfuegos if you are in Cuba!

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Visit and Discover Cuba!

Visit and Discover Cuba

The Caribbean paradise

Cuba’s paradise begins in Havana, one of the oldest cities on the New Continent. It distinguishes two main areas:

  • Old Havana: declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and Modern Havana. It is a great cultural center, where you can find the Plaza de Armas, El Castillo del Morro, La Giraldilla, etc.
  • Modern Havana: you find the famous Malecon, the Capitol, the Plaza and the Museum of the Revolution and the Great. They are the main attractions of the island, but this tour continues through the rest of the country’s historic cities such as Cienfuegos or Trinidad. You can see incredible beaches such as Ensenachos, Varadero or Cayo Santa María.

In addition, located in a wonderful bay protected by the castle of Jagua, in Cienfuegos you will find a whole Cuban architectural jewel, that stands out among other things, for the good taste of the buildings of the Historical Center.

On the other hand, in Trinidad you will find one of the first cities founded by the Spaniards at the beginning of the 16th century. It was also declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1989. Also, is another of the jewels of colonial architecture in Cuba and throughout the Americas. Highlights include the Palace of Izanaga, the Church of the Holy Trinity and the Palace of Count Brunet.

Going inland is Santa Clara, a quiet city whose historical importance dates back to 1958, when Che took over the power of the city. Highlighting the Che Guevara Square with the Mausoleum-Museum, the Municipal Palace, the Armored Train and the Theater of Charity.

Cuba is undoubtedly a great destination: 5 reasons

Finally, we inform you that you have to travel at least once in your life. If you visit Cuba, you will:

  1. Discover wonderful natural landscapes that only take place in this incredible Caribbean paradise.
  2. Enjoy paradise among dream beaches, incredible reefs and tropical fish.
  3. Walk along the mythical Malecon, the streets of incredible beauty and colonial style. Not forgetting the port of Havana.
  4. Visit unforgettable historical cities such as Trinidad and Cienfuegos.
  5. Relax on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world: Varadero, Cayo Santa María or Ensenachos.

We hope this information has been helpful to plan your trip to Cuba!

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The International Tourism Fair #FITCuba 2019

The International Tourism Fair #FITCuba 2019

First of all, we would like to inform you that the 39th edition of the International Tourism Fair #FITCuba 2019 opens its doors at the Havana Convention Center. Certainly, there will be a participation of some 2,000 delegates from 40 countries.

In this occasion, Spain is the guest of honour. For this reason, the events and incentives modality will focus the attention of the participants. In addition, FITCuba 2019 is dedicated to the destination Havana on its 500th anniversary. It is the wonder city of the modern world that receives 60% of visitors arriving in the country.

Finally, the fortress of San Carlos de la Cabaña will welcome hotel and non-hotel entities, travel agencies and other companies related to the tourist operation, in 150 exhibition spaces that present the best of the CUBA destination.

Specific information about the event

  • Date: May 6 to 11, 2019
  • Edition: 39th
  • Frequency: Annual
  • Fairground: Fort San Carlos de La Cabaña
  • Site: La Habana
  • Participants: Airlines, travel agents, travel agencies, communications media, hotel companies, transportation companies, Ministry of Tourism of Cuba entities, service providers, related professional associations.

In conclusion, we hope you have the opportunity to participate in this event and discover Cuba.

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Cubanacán Hotels in Villa Clara

Cubanacan Hotels in Villa Clara

New innovative actions

Cubanacán Hotels in Villa Clara have around 400 rooms distributed in the hotel facilities of the province.

The Cubanacán hotel chain lives a high season higher than the previous year. In 2019, the chain have a higher occupancy in their floors and an increase of 5% in the number of tourists staying days.

The European clients is the main market. For this reason, Cubanacán hotels are focused on carrying out actions that allow them to increase the occupancy rates.

In addition, to maintain this increase and seek new international markets, they use a communication strategies in the network of networks, the main platform for tourism marketing today.

They have developed an Internet marketing strategy with the updating of information on current offers. Also, the updating of the main attractions both through tour operators and social networks. Customer widely use this platform to make their reservations directly.

Another of their initiatives is the promotion of the cultural attractions and traditions of the city of Santa Clara. These attracts the attention of foreign visitors and forms part of their motivations for traveling to Cuba.

In conclusion, the opening of new hotels in Sagua la Grande, Remedios and in the city of Santa Clara during 2018, has allowed a greater presence of this chain in the tourist packages that promote the destination Cuba internationally.

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Enjoy the country diving in Cuba!

Diving in Cuba

Diving is a great tourist attraction

We are going to talk about diving in Cuba!

With regard to the 39th International Tourism Fair of Cuba held in this capital, diving on the island stands out, along with other nautical practices.

Cuban virgin nature has a particular charm in the case of the seabed. For this reason, many people come to the island interested in sketching or simply snorkeling.

Among the most valued scenarios for these effects are:

  • Isla de la Juventud, with Cayo Largo del Sur, in the southwestern portion of the archipelago, María La Gorda, the northern coast of Havana, Varadero, Zapata Peninsula, Holguín, Jardines del Rey and Jardines de la Reina.

Certainly, the Queen’s Gardens are truly a wonderful place. A good number of professional divers visited the gardens in their stay in Cuba. In this sense, therefore, the Cuban funds show the visitor a unique possibility to keep very particular memories.

There are several underwater photography encounters that are organized in different points of the coast and of the insular platform. People take advantage of the well-preserved beauties, the climate and an appropriate infrastructure.

In addition, there is a variety of points of descent, hotels close to the places and to the marinas, appropriate guides with a correct formation and qualification at international level, that complete a very well defined panorama.

In conclusion, taking underwater photographs in Cuba is an adventure and the best gift for vacations. Also, well preserved sceneries, rest in hotels, complete a constant offer that definitely means the flag of authentic Cuban color.

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Discovering Cuban food

Discovering Cuban food

Do your eating habits change when you travel? Maybe you want to try the local specialties, no matter how rare they are. However, Cuban cuisine has a delicious flavour and an exquisite culinary culture.

You may prefer a standard meal, but a Cuban restaurant offers the same typical dishes. Generally, we can look for a chain of fast food that, as we see, exists in most countries of the world, but not in Cuba. That’s why we advise you to get an idea of what to eat in Cuba.
Discovering Cuban food will delight you!

If you want to follow a balanced diet, one of the advantages of Cuba is that you will not find a large fast food chain, or at least a chain already heard.

Cuban delights you must discover

Cuban sandwich

In almost every place you go to Cuba, you will see cafes and street vendors with counters stacked with precooked Cuban sandwiches. They may not have a spectacular flavor associated with Cuba, but it is undoubtedly one of the most beloved sandwiches in the country. We recommend ordering freshly baked sandwiches.

Mainly, it is a roast pork sandwich with cucumber and canned confit cheese, served in a long and narrow roll. It’s a perfect sandwich for lunch time.

Sandwich in Cuba

Cuban tamales

Cuban tamales are a traditional Cuban food and have a richer and more subtle flavor than in other parts of the Caribbean.
You may associate the delicious tamales with Mexico and other Central American countries, but the local version is one of the most delicious Cuban snacks on offer.
If you have eaten the Mexican version of the tamale, you will know that it can be a good piece for your taste buds.

Guarapo

Some countries are campaigning for sugary soda drinks to be labeled with a health warning.
Guarapo is the most sweetened Cuban drink you can imagine, but since its sugars have not been refined, it is not so harmful.

The cold guarapo is obtained from the juice of sugar cane. It is one of the most ubiquitous crops in Cuba, almost equaling tobacco. The sugar cane is freshly squeezed to extract its juice and then mixed with ice.

Guarapo in Cuba

It is widely available throughout Cuba.

You will not find anything more refreshing on a hot Cuban day!

Lardons

We could say that the popularity of lardons has decreased.
You can buy lardons in supermarkets, but also in restaurants and street vendors.
They are the best version of these Cuban snacks, since they have a minimum of additives and do not contain preservatives. Although they have a high salt content, they are extremely low in carbohydrates, so they constitute an excellent snack of Cuban cuisine with an infinitely good flavor.

If you are worried about what to eat in Havana, this meat will be your best ally. Your trip to Havana will not be affected by its gastronomy.

Yucca sticks, an alternative to potato chips

Yucca sticks are very popular and look like potatoes and root vegetables.
It is quite high in carbohydrates, although it does not have much protein. On the positive side, it has a fairly high amount of calcium and vitamin C. It is one of the fastest and healthiest foods in Cuba.

Yucca sticks in Cuba

Do not be so worried about the nutritional value of Cuban gastronomy.
Yucca chips have a flavor that tastes like a mixture of potatoes and pumpkins.

If it has been harvested in a rainy season, the taste may be sweeter. On the contrary, if it has been harvested during a particularly dry season, it may have a slightly bitter taste, which is not unpleasant at all, and adds an unexpected richness to the flavor.

The yucca is cut into thin segments and fried in vegetable oil. It can be taken in a sandwich or as an accompaniment to a large meal.

We hope you have the opportunity to try all these pleasures for the palate!

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Maykel Herrera, the Cuban painter who best portrays children

Childhood as positive inspiration

The elements that reflect childhood have been inspirational themes for many of the art lovers, such as Maykel Herrera, the Cuban painter.

Cuba is not exempt from these artistic tastes and counts without a doubt with one of the greatest exponents.

Maykel Herrera is a unique creator within the vast universe of the plastic arts, was born in Camagüey and graduated from the Professional School of Plastic Arts.

His success over the years is due to his unique and dreamy technique that reflects his thoughts.

Although there are many reasons for his paintings, there is no doubt that the children have occupied a significant palace as muses that have inspired and guided his creations.

On several occasions he has admitted that childhood reveals him and that he is undoubtedly a driving force behind creation that achieves a more direct intention and a more precise interpretation.

For this author his work is based on only painting infants but from the observation and appreciation of the tenderness of children. He wants to transmit their tender characteristics. He has a great acceptance to transmit ideas loaded with an important social content.

Although many people think that Herrera’s paintings are aimed at infants, they are not, they are undoubtedly aimed at adults.

Through his work, the author seeks to convey messages that sensitize people to the controversies that are affecting humanity today. For example: wars, the lack of food in some lands, environmental pollution and damage to nature and social conflicts.

The connection between his work and the public is an element that the author constantly seeks to reach.

Different paintings

Painting of Maykel Herrera

Among the most relevant productions of this Camagüeyan painter are:

  • “Dwarf Princes”
  •  “Feast of Princes”
  •  “Out of Play”

These series have visited important galleries and exhibition halls not only in our country but also in other parts of the world.

It would be impossible to mention the work of Maykel Herrera and catalogue it as an individual and lucrative creation due to it have contributed through donations to:

  • The development of specialised children’s health centres.
  • children’s homes.
  • Paediatric hospitals

The magic goes from the mind to the brush right in his studio, conspiratorial center of new ideas that is located in Old Havana, but his work has not remained only in framed pictures.

This is a compilation of the works and tours of Maykel Herrera, the Cuban painter who best portrays children.

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Mueller’s report concludes that no one from Trump’s campaign conspired with Russia

The investigation of Robert Muller

The investigation of Robert Muller

The investigation of prosecutor Robert Mueller has found no evidence incriminating Donald Trump.

“The prosecutor’s investigation did not find that Trump’s campaign or anyone associated with Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election,” William Barr wrote.

According to Barr, Mueller indicated: “while this report concludes that the president did not commit a crime, it does not exonerate him“.

The document released leaves “unresolved whether the actions and intent of the president could be seen as an obstruction” to justice, Barr said.

However, Barr concluded that the evidence Mueller “is not sufficient to establish that the president committed a crime of obstruction of justice.

White House’s reaction

After the report’s main findings, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders called it Trump’s “total and complete exoneration”.

The release of Mueller’s findings puts an end to a few days of speculation after the special prosecutor delivered the report to the Justice Department.

“The findings of the Department of Justice are a total and complete exoneration of the President of the United States,” Sanders said.

Also, neither Trump nor anyone in the White House had received Mueller’s report beforehand, and they had not been informed of its contents.

Members of Congress, mostly Democrats but also some Republicans, have asked for the full dissemination of the report, which has raised much expectation in the United States.

Mueller already announced that after the closing of the investigation he did not plan to file any more charges in relation to this issue.

Attorney General Barr, appointed by Trump last December had at no time undertaken to disclose the report once it had reached his hands.

As a result of this investigation, they accused 34 people, including six former Trump advisers and 26 Russians.

In the report, Muller does not include new charges or charges under secret summary proceedings.

For this reason, rules out the possibility that Trump may be subject to an indictment that becomes public once he leaves the Presidency.

Finally, Trump has insisted that this investigation constituted a “witch-hunt” activated by the Democratic opposition.

Also, he has consistently denied that in the election campaign for the 2016 elections there was a plot between his team and the Russian government to help him win.

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Lopez Obrador is booed at Red Davils Stadium

Red-Devils-stadium

Red Devils stadium

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was booed at the inauguration of the Red Devils stadium in the Mexican Baseball League.

First of all, the president said: “I’m very happy to inaugurate this extraordinary baseball stadium”.

In addition, the professional team with the most titles in Mexico in any sport, with 16, López Obrador used a language from his favorite sport, baseball, to reiterate his fight against the opposition, the “mafia of power.

“I’m going to control with a 95-mile straight and curves, we’re going to keep punching the mafia of power,” he said.

The businessman Alfredo Arpa Helu accompanied the president.

Lopez Obrador inaugurated the Hall of Fame in Monterrey, northern Mexico. Also, he announced the approval of a budget to support the development of baseball.

The president assumed power last December 1 after sweeping the presidential elections. Actually, he maintains a great popularity, but people received him with negative shouts.

As he often reiterates, the Mexican president was a good central gardener in his youth. “I presume it as a trophy,” he said at a public event where he showed people his crooked finger.

Finally, the new stadium, with a capacity for more than 20,000 people, will debut next April 5.

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Carlos and Camila from England arrive in Cuba

Prince Charles of England and his wife Camila, Duchess of Cornwall, arrived in Cuba on Sunday 24th March for a three-day visit.

Carlos and Camila landed on a private flight at Havana’s José Martí international airport. The Caribbean country’s deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs went to receive them.

The visit of the royal couple to Havana seeks to consolidate and strengthen bilateral relations within the process of rapprochement begun in 2016.

That trip took place in the context of the normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States under then President Barack Obama.

After that, Donald Trump abruptly paralyzed the process.

Upon his arrival, the Prince of Wales is expected to move directly to the famous Plaza de la Revolución in the Cuban capital. When he arrive, he will place a floral offering in front of the monument to the independence hero José Martí.

According to British diplomatic sources, this high-level visit is a reflection of the good state of the relationship between the United Kingdom and Cuba.

In addition, that seeks to further stimulate the development of ties.

In conclusion, the main purpose, within a philosophy of “constructive diplomacy,” is to promote a closer dialogue with the Cuban Government, according to the same sources.

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