The song that Pichy Boys dedicated to Nicolás Maduro

Song that Pichy Boys dedicated to Maduro

A Cuban duo performed a new version of Puerto Rican song Danza Kuduro to ask the Venezuela’s president out of power. Do not miss the song that Pichy Boys dedicated to Nicolás Maduro!

In addition, they accompany the interpretation with images of the protests in Venezuela to demand the exit of the dictator.

“We’re not going to stop, we’re going to protest that you feel the pots. We are going to give it until the donkey leaves Venezuela,” reads the lyrics.

The humorists also alluded to the scarcity suffered by Venezuelans while the Chavista leader denies the arrival of humanitarian aid.

“They don’t have food, the country is on strike, hit the head, Maduro out,” they added part of the song.

The Pichy Boys song was dedicated to “all the people of Venezuela”.

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U.S. Threatens to Increase Sanctions Against Cuban Military

Financial restrictions on military forces

Financial restrictions

White House Security Advisor John Bolton threatened to tighten financial restrictions on military forces and intelligence services in Cuba for supporting the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

“Cuba’s role in usurping democracy and fomenting repression in Venezuela is clear. That is why the United States will continue to tighten financial restrictions on Cuba’s military and intellectual services. Democracies in the region must condemn the Cuban regime,” Bolton wrote on Twitter.

The official, who had denounced the presence of more than 20,000 Cuban security officials in the chavista regime, called on the other democratic nations of the region to condemn the communist government.

Cuba and Venezuela

Cuba’s complicity in the current economic, political and social crisis in Venezuela has been pointed out on other occasions by the White House. Last week the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, assured that Cuban agents regularly direct the “attacks against the people of Venezuela, in the name of Maduro”.

Similarly, Republican Senator Marco Rubio said that the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin) is an agency “controlled by experienced oppressors sent by Cuba. Donald Trump’s advisor for Venezuela even accused the island’s authorities of collaborating with Maduro’s dictatorship in drug trafficking to the United States.

In the face of criticism, The Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez once again denied the presence of the island’s military in Venezuelan territory.

“A government recognized for the use of lies has Bolton as a high exponent. He’s lying when he says there’s an army of 25,000 Cuban troops in Venezuela. It is accompanied by a truth. It confesses the application of the Monroe Doctrine,” the diplomat wrote in his Twitter account.

The recent statements of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, made him worthy of the response of several users in social networks. Some strongly demanded that the island’s leaders put an end to their presence in the oil country. While others demanded an end to communist influence.

The Cuban government,  is one of the few who support Maduro, as opposed to the fifty or so who already recognize Juan Guaidó as interim president of the oil nation.

U.S. Could Allow First-Time Lawsuits Against Foreign Companies Operating in Cuba

U.S.A. lawsuits foreign companies in Cuba

Lawsuits against foreign companies

Donald Trump’s Government is preparing to allow lawsuits in U.S. courts against foreign companies operating in Cuba. They are using property confiscated by the communist Government from Cuban Americans and U.S. citizens.

In addition, the measure would threaten Cuba’s attempts to attract more foreign investment. Also seems to point to punishing the island’s Government for its support of Chavez representative Nicolás Maduro.

Then, Trump would allow section of a 1996 law that was suspended, known as Helms-Burton. This codified all sanctions against Cuba and is considered the backbone of Washington’s six-decade economic embargo on Havana.

The State Department plans to allow Title III of the law to take effect with a “partial exception” to protect U.S. businesses and some U.S. allies.
The decision could put Russian and Chinese companies that have invested in Cuba at risk of litigation.

All U.S. presidents have avoided the use of the provision for the past 23 years, due to opposition from the international community.

The complete lifting of the ban could allow billions of dollars in lawsuits to advance in U.S. courts. Probably face opposition from European partners and Canada, whose companies have significant stakes in Cuba. In addition, it could hurt some U.S. companies that have begun to invest in the island after the political and commercial opening initiated by Barack Obama.

Washington is also considering imposing further financial restrictions on the Cuban military.

“Cuba’s role in usurping democracy and fomenting repression in Venezuela is clear. That’s why the U.S. will continue to tighten financial restrictions on Cuba’s military and intel services. The region’s democracies should condemn the Cuba regime.” That is what John Bolton, White House National Security Advisor, said.

There are no condoms and stomatologists in pharmacies

There are no condoms and stomatologists in pharmacies

In the harsh reality of eating a squeezed bread and the absence of eggs, Santiago de Cuba have two other shortcomings: there are no condoms or stomatologists.

Shortage of condoms

At least seven pharmacies in the city of Santiago de Cuba have no condoms of any kind. Actually, in 2014 there was a shortage of this product and they sold expired products.

Santiago de Cuba stands out as a country for:

  • The high incidence of sexually transmitted infections
  • HIV/AIDS.

“It’s hard the reality of bread, eggs, so that when the end of the day arrives you can’t have protected sex either because there are no condoms,” says a santiaguero.

Meanwhile, population hopes that do not repeat the same shortage situation as in 2014.

Shortage of stomatologists without amalgam

Right now the stomatologists of the city miss a product that is basic: the amalgam.

Right now the product is in short supply, and those who have a reservation keep it for friends and people who make generous gifts.

That’s what they told us: save for emergencies and for your patients, you don’t know when it will arrive,” says a stomatologist.

The scarcity takes two new victims in Santiago de Cuba due to the shortage.

In any case, the growing list of absences only reveals some systemic problems that become more acute.

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Main Cuban seaside resort second in the world

The Cuban seaside resort of Varadero is a well-known tourist destination on the island, considered the second best beach in the world according to TripAdvisor.

Varadero beach, also known in Cuba as Playa Azul, is the first beach and sun tourist destination in Cuba. Besides, the beach is the largest one and sun destination in the Caribbean.

The 2019 edition of the Traveller’s Choice awards gave that status to the destination. It was surpassed only by the beach of San Juan in Brazil.

Many visitors know the beach for its warm sea despite being winter and its beautiful turquoise color.

Experts noted that catamaran rides, sport fishing, diving and excursions also encourage visitors to Varadero, located 120 kilometers east of Havana.

The list also includes:

  • Eagle Beach (Aruba).
  • La Concha Beach (Spain).
  • Grace Bay Beach (Turks and Caicos).
  • Clearwater Beach (United States).
  • Spiaggia dei Conigli (Italy).
  • Seven Mile Beach (Grand Cayman).

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Paradisiacal trip through Cuba

Travel to Cuba

If you want to enjoy a paradisiacal trip through Cuba, it would be necessary to get the Cuban visa before starting the adventure.

You have multiple options. Even so, the one we recommend consists in a national circuit offered by Cubacan of 13 nights and 14 days.
The entrance and exit of the country is by Havana. All the meals are included as well as the lodgings in all its stages.

The excursion includes visits to 6 of the first 7 villas founded in Cuba:

  • Bayamo
  • Santiago de Cuba
  • Camagüey
  • Remedios
  • Trinidad and Havana.

The trip also includes places of cultural interest such as the Casa de la Trova in Bayamo, the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, the Gran Teatro Alicia Alonso in Havana, etc.

Do not forget to do sightseeing in Santa Clara, the city of Ché, an icon of personality in Cuba and in the world.

Besides, visiting places of great natural wealth such as Viñales, Cayo Saetía and La Gran Piedra in Santiago de Cuba can be a unique and unforgettable experience. You can also enjoy an afternoon at the beach of Santa Lucia.

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Route through Cuba in fifteen days

Before beginning our route through Cuba, to enter this country you must have a health insurance!

In order to travel to Cuba, a compulsory travel insurance and a Visa are essential. Primary travel insurances or Iati insurances are recommended, also if you are traveling from USA to Cuba. Unfortunately, in the route through Cuba we had to use it and the treatment was impeccable.

Day 1, 2 and 3: Havana

The first stop on our route through this american country in fifteen days could not be other than Havana. We loved the country’s capital. Don’t miss this post with everything you have to see and do in Havana.

 

How long is recommended in Havana?

We spent four days in Habana. Three days at the beginning of the trip, and we came back on the last day so as not to rush to catch the plane back home. Depending on your Cuban Visa length, three or four days should be enough to get to know Havana.

Where to sleep in Havana?

If you want to stay in a hotel we recommend the Hotel Iberostar Central Park, located in the center.

If you decide to stay in private houses, the private house Corazón de la Habana in the area of Vedado is highly recommended. A very modern accommodation for what you usually find in private houses in Cuba.

Where to eat in Havana?

Doña Eutimia. It was our favourite restaurant in Havana. We recommend you to book a table in advance.

Los Nardos. Plentiful food at reasonable prices. A classic in Havana.

Van Van Restaurant. We discovered it in TripAdvisor. The decoration is quite surprising and the food is delicious and well priced.

El Chanchullero. Another typical restaurant that is becoming fashionable. Give it a go with time because they tend to form quite a few queues.

Day 4: Car rental + Las Terrazas + night in Viñales

After being in Havana we went to pick up our rental car that we had already booked well in advance on the Enjoy Cuba website to continue the route through Cuba.

That day we went to Viñales, but before that, we wanted to make a stop at Las Terrazas, the first ecological village in Cuba.

Las Terrazas in Cuba

How much time is recommended in Las Terrazas?

If you like eco-plans, visiting Las Terrazas is recommended as long as you have plenty of days during your route through Cuba and you have a rental car.

In case you are going to stay less than 12 days in Cuba, the village of Las Terrazas is dispensable.

If you are not going to rent a car, but you want to go to Las Terrazas, you can also do it as an organized excursion from Havana.

Where to eat in Las Terrazas?

We recommend the restaurant El Romero, the best vegetarian restaurant in Cuba. The solar salad they make was tremendous.

Day 5: Viñales and Cayo Jutías

At Viñales we had a bad experience so it’s not easy for us to be 100% fair. The valley is great, but, honestly, we thought it was going to surprise us even more.

Viñales is the cradle of the Cuban cigar. You can visit a tobacco plantation, buy the authentic Cuban cigars – be careful and make sure they are authentic that there is a lot of scam – or take a ride through the valley either by bike, on horseback or on foot.

We took a walk through Viñales, saw the Cueva del Indio, the Mural of Prehistory and set course for Cayo Jutías. Don’t miss this post with everything you need to see in and around Viñales.

We wanted a beach in the vicinity of Viñales, but we didn’t know whether to go to Cayo Jutías or Cayo Levissa. Apparently, Cayo Levissa is more spectacular, but you have to get there by boat and it’s to spend the whole day there. If you feel like going to Cayo Levissa you can book an excursion.

As we were running out of time that day, we decided to go better to Cayo Jutías. The beach is fine but the road to get it is horrible. It was the worst road we encountered in Cuba. After two hours of journey, with a horrendous last stretch of the road, we didn’t want to go to the beach.

Our recommendation about Cayo Jutías is that you think seriously about whether go or not. Our opinion is that it is more worthwhile to dedicate more days to other beach places that are better conditioned and more accessible.

Where to eat in Viñales?

We really liked the restaurant El Olivo. There you will find different food to the classic Cuban food.

Where to sleep in Viñales?

We recommend the Hotel Horizontes los Jazmines. It has a swimming pool overlooking the valley and the rooms are quite modern.

If you decide to stay in a private house, Casa Vicen and Jusi have very good options.

How long is recommended in Viñales?

Unless you are very excited about Viñales and would like to do a specific hiking route, you can visit Viñales as an organized excursion from Havana. It can be sort of a beating, but it’s the best way to make the most of your time in Cuba.

Day 5: Bahía de Cochinos and night in Cienfuegos

The next stop on our route was Cienfuegos. The journey was quite long – more than 5 hours by car – so we wanted to make a stop at the Bahía de Cochinos, one of the best snorkeling areas in Cuba.

Bahía de los Cochinos in Cuba

The first stop at the Bahía de Cochinos was Playa Larga. Honestly, we didn’t like it very much. We thought it was more paradisiacal and what we found was a sloppy and dirty beach. Being a bay where several rivers converge, the color of the water is not the same as other beaches in Cuba. There are much better beaches in other areas.

We really loved Cueva de los Peces, halfway between Playa Larga and Playa Girón. You can park your car for 2 CUC and snorkel in crystal clear waters with lots of colorful fish. If you like to snorkel this place is awfully recommended.

The next stop was Playa Girón. This beach is better than Playa Larga but has a dike that totally spoils the view.

After a day spending a lot of time in the car we arrived in the afternoon to Cienfuegos.

Do you recommend Bahía de Cochinos?

Unless you’re going snorkeling, this area is expendable on a ten or fifteen day trip through Cuba. If you want to go to the beach, there are much better beaches in other areas of this amazing country.

Day 6: Cienfuegos + (El Nicho) + Night in Trinidad

We loved Cienfuegos. The pearl of the Cuban trip is a colonial city that has a lot to offer tourists in one day.
Another place to highlight is El Nicho, halfway between Cienfuegos and Trinidad.

El Nicho in Cuba

Unfortunately it rained and we had to cancel the plan so we decided to drive directly to Trinidad.

Where to stay in Cienfuegos?

We propose our accommodation in BR & Hostal Sunrise with very modern facilities and very good location in the center of Cienfuegos.

Where to eat in Cienfuegos?

We recommend Paladar Aché. You will find good traditional Cuban cuisine.

Day 7: Trinidad

Trinidad is an important tour on any route through Cuba.
Havana, Cienfuegos, Varadero beaches or Los Cayos are the places we liked most in Cuba.
We also recommend going to Playa Ancon. It is only 10 kilometres from Trinidad and is one of the best beaches in Cuba.

Where to sleep in Trinidad?

We recommend private houses like El Ceramista with very modern rooms and perfect location.

If you prefer a hotel, you know that good hotels in Cuba shine by their absence beyond Havana and the beaches, but the exception is the Iberostar Grand Trinidad Hotel. The price is quite high, but if you don’t want to stay in private houses, this is your only option in Trinidad.

Where to eat in Trinidad?

We read good reviews about the restaurants El Dorado and La Botija, but we had no chance to try it.

Days 8 and 9: Cayo Santa María

From Trinidad we drove to Cayo Santa María to enjoy our hotel in Cayo Santa María. We spent two days in the paradise but we had no luck with the weather.

However, we have seen pictures of this place with good weather and calm sea and it’s incredible. Everyone says that Cuba’s best beaches are in Los Cayos. It is perfect for a relaxing holiday in Cuba.

Where to sleep in Cayo Santa María?

We recommend the Starfish Cayo Santa Maria. From 100 euros per night you can stay in an all-inclusive resort, super recommended!

In Cayos there is no other accommodation than all-inclusive hotels. If you are looking for a cheaper option, you must sleep in the village of Remedios or Caibarién, about 50 minutes by car from the beaches of Cayo Santa María.

How long is it recommended to stay in Cayo Santa María?

Two or three days will make you feel great.

Day 11: Transfer from Cayo Santa María to Varadero with stopover in Santa Clara.

After our visit to Cayo Santa María we booked other beach days in Varadero. During the trip from Cayo Santa María to Varadero we wanted to stop in Santa Clara to see the mausoleum of Che Guevara.

Che Guevara mausoleum in Cuba

To be honest, the Che Museum and the Mausoleum did not surprise us very much. We had expected something more spectacular as the Lenin’s Mausoleum in Russia, but that was not the case. However, it might be interesting to understand the story of one of the main commanders of the revolution a little better.

By the way, did you know that Che Guevara was Argentinian?

Days 12 and 13: Varadero

We loved Varadero. We know that it has many disadvantages, but it is a 20 kilometers beach with many options regarding the acommodation.

Besides, a few meters from the beach there are restaurants and private houses.

Where to sleep in Varadero?

We recommend the all-inclusive hotel, the Hotel Sol Meliá Varadero. It has huge pools, good food and access to the Varadero beach.

Another good option is the Blue Varadero Hotel, which is only adults and some rooms offer sea views.

How much time is recommended to stay in Varadero?

It all depends on whether you combine Varadero with a cayo or not. If so, we recommend that you spend a few days in Varadero. However, if your only beach days in Cuba are reserved exclusively for Varadero, four or five days can be the last key to say goodbye to your holiday. That depends, of course, on whether you like the beach.

Day 14: Return to Havana

Before finishing our route through Cuba and going back to Spain we spent our last night in Havana dancing salsa before the feared return to reality took place.

 

Cuba Visa from the United States

Pink visa card to Cuba

Visa to Cuba entering from the United States

Regulations for entering in the country

The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has issued general licenses for 12 categories of travel.
However, individuals who meet the general license conditions do not need an additional OFAC license to travel to Cuba.

In addition, to learn the rules on sanctions against Cuba, including fact sheets on recent changes and information on how to apply for an OFAC license, please visit the website of the Treasury Department on sanctions against Cuba.

According to President Trump’s Presidential National Security Memorandum on Strengthening U.S. Policy Toward Cuba of June 2017, the State Department published a list of entities.
They are under the control of, or act on behalf of, Cuban military forces, intelligence or security services, or their officials. According to President Trump’s Presidential National Security Memorandum on Strengthening U.S. Policy Toward Cuba of June 2017, the State Department published a list of entities.
They are under the control of, or act on behalf of, Cuban military forces, intelligence or security services, or their officials.

In addition, people subject to the jurisdiction of the United States will henceforth be prohibited from engaging in certain direct financial transactions.

Despite the aforementioned, certain transactions will be excluded from this prohibition, subject to the exceptions set forth in the NSPM.

Can I travel to Cuba from the United States?

Every day, companies offer more and more services to travel to Cuba from Europe with a stopover at U.S. airports.

Consequently, it is important to note that to take a flight from the U.S. the reason for your trip to Cuba must be framed in one of the 13 categories presented. In the next paragraph, we list the different categories.

Authorized visitor categories to enter Cuba

  • Family visits
  • Official government affairs
  • Journalistic activity
  • Professional meetings or investigations
  • Educational activities or exchanges between groups of people
  • Religious activities
  • Sports and public events
  • Support for the Cuban people
  • Humanitarian Projects
  • Research
  • Informative materials
  • Authorized export activities
  • Non-immigrant Cuban citizen

Does Cuba require a different visa for these cases?

For these cases, only the Pink visa is valid, since Green visas used by travelers who do not include the United States in their itinerary to Cuba are not valid.

Cuban tourist card online

What is the price of the Pink visa?

The Pink visa has a government fee of $136 and is not sold in the Consulates and Embassies of Cuba located outside the United States.

Due to, to simplify the process, it is possible to purchase it through our website and get it at home.

What information do I need to provide and how long does it take?

Fist of all, people interested in obtaining the visa ought to head to one of our offices.

The government processes the visa immediately. Besides, you only need a passport or legible photocopy of it. Furthermore, the same person can process the visas of several travelers by presenting the required documentation.

Hence, when the visa for Cuba is purchased through our website, it is sent by post and must be received within approximately 7 working days.

How long is it valid?

The Cuban visa is valid for 30 days from the date of entry into the country. After that, it admits an extension of 30 days more of stay to be processed directly with the immigration authorities in Havana.

To sum up

In conclusion, Pink Tourist Cards are the only valid documents to enter Cuba from the United States of America.

In other words, any foreigner who travels to Cuba from the United States must do so with the Pink Tourist Card, it can never be Green.

For this reason, travellers who show up at the airport with a Green card will not be able to board on a flight. It is a violation for tourists from the United States to enter Cuba with a Green card, even if the U.S. is the unique stop on their travel itinerary.

 

Cuba Visa Policy

Cuba Visa requirements

What is the visa policy in Cuba?

Each state has its own visa policy, which it has created over the years as a result of negotiations and treaties. Cuba is no different, and the country has a fairly moderate visa policy.

As for the part that interests you most, there are three main categories of people traveling to Cuba: citizens of countries exempt from the visa requirement, travelers who can apply for a Cuban tourist card, and travelers whose only option is to go to a Cuban diplomatic mission to obtain a visa.

Citizens of countries exempt from visa requirements

Cuba’s visa policy states that there are 18 countries whose citizens can enter Cuba without a visa. The length of stay varies from 28 days to 90 days, depending on nationality.

For example, if you come from Barbados, you can stay in Cuba for up to 28 days, while if you come from Serbia, you can stay in the country for 90 days. People from countries without a visa can cross the Cuban border with a simple passport.

People eligible for a Cuban tourist map

The next category of people is Cuban tourists, also known as the Tourist Card. All you have to do is have a valid passport that remains a valid passport for at least 6 months from the date of arrival in Cuba. You can obtain the document online, through travel agencies and purchased by airlines.

The document authorizes a period of stay of 30 days in Cuba, except for Canadian citizens who are granted a stay of 90 days. The Cuba tourist card may be extended for the same period of time in which it was issued. However, if you want to require an extension, you will have to do it before the expiration of the visa. Otherwise, the authorities will deport you.

Persons who are not entitled to a Cuban tourist card

The last category of travelers is that of citizens who cannot obtain a Cuban tourist card. The only option for these persons is to apply for a visa for Cuba from the nearest Cuban diplomatic mission.

This is a trip to the embassy, and you have to make an application to the embassy. 20 nationalities around the world only have this option.

Changes

Every year they sign new treaties, so there is a constant evolution in visa policies. For Cuba, 2018 includes the signing of visa waiver agreements with Kazakhstan, Kosovo and Russia.

Transit visa for Cuba

Those who wish to travel through Cuba while traveling to another destination are exempt from having a Cuban visa or tourist card. However, there are some rules. You can enter Cuba, but your transit cannot last more than 72 hours from the time of arrival.

As you can see for yourself, the Cuban visa policy does not have many rules for ordinary passport holders. At the same time, the easiest way to obtain a visa is to apply online for a Cuban tourist card. To verify if you are eligible for this document, you can use the iVisa visa verifier.

Also, you will know in an instant if you qualify for a Tourist Card and you will be redirected to a page that will allow you to register on the site. It takes 10 minutes and your visa can arrive in less than one business day if you submit your application in the morning.