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A visit to Varadero is not complete without visiting to this beautiful park and lush gardens. Located on 1st avenue in downtown Varadero, Josone Park, is characterized by its extensive gardens with a pleasant fresh water lake over which a large arched bridge spans. The park is an oasis for migrating birds that nest in the trees within the park and also the resident ducks and swans that live here all year round. Over recent years, the manager of the [...]
While in Varadero do you want toÂ learn how the sugar cane is processed into the sugar you use back home? This inexpensive museum in Varadero is informative and offers a fun filled half day excursion that begins with a trip to the sugarcane plantation where you meet the cane machetiers who will happily take pictures with you and your family. You'll be able to try chewing some sweet sugar cane straight from the ground and visit an old processing plant [...]
The nearby Varahicacos Ecological Reserve is offered as an excursion from most hotel reception desks and is well worth a visit as an all day excursion to see the real Cuba. Boasting the accolade as the largest wetland reserve in the Caribbean, the Varahicacos ecological reserve, offers breathtaking low level hiking along vegetation-rich trails with colorful array of wild exotic birds which include parrots, Caribbean flamingos, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron and stalks. Especially apt as an educational trip for both adults and [...]
Trinidad Cuba is getting geared up for its 500th anniversary celebrations this year. In fact, the proud people of Trinidad have been painting facades, repairing fences and over 50 casa particular (homestay) have opened in Trinidad Cuba over the past 12 months. This is matched by a similar amount of excellent privately owned restaurants called paladar. Yes, the clock has been ticking down for Trinidad’s 500th anniversary and big birthday for over 2 years now and the town has been [...]
Most of the buildings surrounding the plaza or square in the center of Trinidad belonged to the wealthy landowners and sugar traders of the day. All the colonial era properties surrounding the plaza date from the 18th and 19th centuries from a time when trade in sugar industry from the nearby Valle de los Ingenios and the slave trade brought great immense wealth to the whole area. The trade in sugar decreased in Trinidad and when the slave trade ended [...]