travels in Cuba

The end of the Cuba adventure…

Sadly the time to head back to Havana for flight home was upon us. Fortunately had the chance to pick up a few last minute souvenirs from the craft stalls in Cienfuegos. 3 or so hours later we were doing the airport check in thing. Cuba adventure all over way too quick but a great, great time. Will miss journeys along the virtually empty Autopista Nacionale (motorway), complete with horse […]


Smooth journey to Cienfuegos. Our Casa, Friendship Home in Cienfuegos [Ave 56 #2927 e/29 y 31, Cienfuegos t: (53)(43) 516 143 e:] was fab. Hosts Leonora and Armando were friendly, chatty and helpful and English wasn’t a problem for them. The house itself was beautiful and the roof terrace a great spot for sunset watching and star gazing. On our second night though we narrowly escaped having to spend […]


Yawn, stretch… up at 6 am, bus station for 7.30 am and a 6 hour trip to Trinidad via more beautiful countryside. Weather a bit more clement after another storm in the wee small hours. Journey smooth and fairly uneventful. Fell in love with Trinidad almost immediately on arrival! Booking for our first Casa Particulares fell through but fortunately someone else in the same family had a vacancy. Hostal Santander […]

Santa Clara

2 hour journey from Trinidad to Santa Clara very pleasant and thankfully not too early a start for a change. Arrived early afternoon at our lodgings for the night [Hostal Javier y Katia (Colón 225 e/ Síndico (E.P. Morales) y Nazereno (Serafín Garcia), Santa Clara t: (53)(42) 217 297 m: (53)524 74782 e: w: Hostal Javier y Katia is a great place to stay. The Hostal is located very […]


After rough night managed to get up and packed for pick up to Havana. Back to hotel Tejadillo and bed for me. Nasty tummy bug or something completely laid me out. Pissed down with rain for much of the journey so didn’t feel too bad about not getting out. Managed to get out for about an hour in the evening. My travelling buddy had done a good rekky so we […]

Viñales Valley

Journey to Viñales Valley from Cayo Levisa was great. Our Taxi driver Paco, was friendly and obliging, stopping on request for food and photos. More stunning countryside and beautiful weather meant not too much disappointment that we’d missed the sunbathing opportunities that Cayo Levisa offered. Our hotel in Viñales was the lovely La Ermita. On arrival, hung around just long enough to dump bags and jump the hop on hop […]

Palma Rubia / Cayo Levisa

Picked up bright and early from hotel Tejadillo pitstop in Havana. Stopped off for quick tour of Las Terrazas and lunch at Hacienda Uníon. Las Terrazas houses ruins of coffee plantations and has some good walking opportunities (which we unfortunately didn’t have time for). The countryside en route beautiful. Red, fertile earth, oxen ploughing fields, horses and cart… idyllic, peaceful rural life just getting on with it all around us. […]


Arrived in Havana late after Virgin Airline flight delayed by 3 hours. Still, didn’t matter too much as we were just over nighting at Hotel Tejadillo in old Havana before travelling down to the lovely resort of Cayo Levisa tomorrow. Quick jamon y queso sandwich and first taste of Mohito before heading off to bed. Early start tomorrow …

Winter Sun 1

Glad to have finally sorted getting off for a bit of winter sun in Cuba after all the snow and cold weather we’re having. Ooh the anticipation… bright weather, warm sunshine on my skin, beautiful people, mohitos…ahh… counting down the weeks, can’t come soon enough