Highlights of Colourful Cuba
This is an excellent holiday, stuffed full of fascinating things to see and do – so what do I include in this short blog? Or leave out, without writing a 16-page epic?! On this holiday you will cover the island from end-to-end, from the Atlantic to Caribbean coasts, and back again.
Waiting for us at 8am in morning sunshine were two open backed lorries. Climbing up short metal ladders we sat on a wooden bench with back-packs at our feet, and roared down the road through the small busy town of Baracoa, bumping over cobbles, squeezing around street corners, then out into the open countryside heading for the foothills.
Ramblers Worldwide Holidays and the Cuban guides had organised packed daily programmes. We were shown tobacco and cocoa growing, cigars being made, bird sanctuaries by boat, botanical gardens, churches, museums, waterfalls, caves, salsa clubs (Casa de la Trova’s) and had a salsa lesson, even saw a synchronised swimming display but far too many statues of heroes on horseback.
I had heard that Cuba is an interesting country to visit so I booked for the Colourful Cuba 16 days holiday which left Gatwick Airport for Havana on Sunday 7th November 2010. Although our flight did not leave until shortly after midday I found it necessary to stay overnight on the Saturday and chose the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, First Point, Buckingham Gate, South Terminal, RH6 0NT.