Cuba Journals

A Week in Western Cuba: Havana & More

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A travel journal to Cuba by airynfaerie

Parque Nacional Cienaga de Zapata Photo, Ciénaga de Zapata, Cuba More Photos
Quote: Working with a licensed humanitarian group I was able to go to Cuba to work on several projects. Along the way we saw many interesting sites. Here are some of the adventures.

Parque Nacional Cienaga de Zapata

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Attraction | "Migratory Bird Research on Cuba's Coast"

Parque Nacional Cienaga de Zapata Photo, Ciénaga de Zapata, Cuba
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After a very eventful week and a half in Cuba, our last full day was spent in the southern part of Cuba's coast at Ciénaga de Zapata (Zapata Swamp), just south of Havana on the Zapata Peninsula. We went to meet with Cuba's national director of ecotourism, who was conducting an international conference at the park that week, and whom we were working with for eco research for several upcoming projects.When we arrived, after a little over 2 hours on the road, we were greeted by the park directors and our guide for the day, who joined us in the van as we continued on our way. We were ushered through a gated area into the preserve and started down a very narrow dirt path through the lagoons and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 11, 2009

Parque Nacional Cienaga de Zapata

Cienaga de Zapata, Cuba

Plaza de la Revolucion

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Attraction | "Havana's Historic Plaza and Memorial"

Jose Marti statue Photo, Havana, Cuba
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One of the most recognizable places in Cuba's capital city of Havana is the Plaza de la Revolucion. Formally called the Plaza Civica until after the revolution, this is one of the main meeting places for public assemblies and political rallies. Basically an enormous concrete opening, the plaza is graced by the much more aesthetically interesting Jose Marti Memorial which towers over the entire area.Located in the southern section of the city, this large area sometimes sees crowds as large as one million people during important meetings. One of the buildings along the sidelines of the plaza has an interesting artistic outline of the face of Che and is quite a fun piece to see. If you'd like...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 14, 2009

Plaza de la Revolucion
Vedado
Havana, Cuba

Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion)

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Attraction | "Revolution Museum"

Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion) Photo, Havana, Cuba
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One of the most beautiful buildings in downtown Havana is that of the old Presidential Palace, now known as Museo del la Revolucion (Revolution Museum). Built in 1920 for the Dictator Batista, it was designed by the same architect who designed the Grand Theatre Building in the city, and the interior was mainly decorated by Tiffany. Not only does it give visitors an interesting look into the history of the country.There are floors of rooms filled with photographs, artifacts and articles from the Revolution. In the back of the museum there are aircraft and other vehicles used in the war like tanks and a armored boat type vessel that one can see. There are unending displays throughout of the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 14, 2009

Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion)
Calle Refugio 1
La Habana, Cuba 10600
+53 7 624091

Museo Nacional Palacio de Bellas Artes

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Attraction | "Museums of Fine Art"

Museo Nacional Palacio de Bellas Artes Photo, Havana, Cuba
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The Museo de Bellas Artes, or National Museum of Fine Arts of Havana, is one of the finest museums in the city. Founded in 1913, it's located moved for several decades before settling in the current building which was completed in 1953. This fine palace filled with some of the world's great art collections is an amazing stop in the city.Besides having a wonderful collection of Cuban art, it also houses an extensive collection from around the world, both ancient and modern. Cuba is a country rich in the arts from music to print and largely celebrated in the culture. The arts museum is a collection of two museums, one housing the Cuban art (Palace of the Fine Arts) and one for the Internatio...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 15, 2009

Museo Nacional Palacio de Bellas Artes
Trocadero entre Zulueta y Monserrate
La Habana, Cuba 10600
+53 7 620140

Vedado District

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Attraction | "A Visit to John Lennon's Park and Columbus' Cemetery"

coco taxis in Plaza de la Revolucion Photo, Havana, Cuba
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There are many wonderful sites to see in the Vedado district of Cuba's capital city of Havana. From the waterfront of the Malecon to the famous Plaza de la Revolucion. Quite walkable, this area is full of well-known as well as quiet sites to see.Start out at the Plaza de la Revolucion, grab a coco taxi for a ride around the block. Check out the Che portrait on the side of one of the buildings overlooking the square, then cross the street for a lift to the top of the tower of the Jose Marti Memorial. From there head northeast and you'll come across a couple of sites tucked away from the masses, and very much worth a visit.First walk to the Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón, one of c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 16, 2009