Exploring Cuba with the Passporter App 🇨🇺🍹
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Day 1: City tour in a typical vintage car
Our trip to Cuba began in Havana, where we stayed at the legendary Hotel Nacional. This historic hotel has hosted numerous famous personalities over the years, including Frank Sinatra and Winston Churchill. The architecture and decor of the hotel take one back to the glamorous era of the 1950s. We spent our first day in Havana on a small city tour in one of the typical vintage cars that can be found everywhere in the city. Our tour included stops at Havana's art market, lunch at the famous Floridita where we mixed our own daiquiris, and some time to relax at the Iberostar Packard Rooftop Pool, with a wonderful view of the city. 🏊♂️
Day 2: Exploring the city on foot & our first cabaret show
On the second day of our stay in Cuba, we explored the city center of Havana on foot. We were fascinated by the many sights and the lively activity on the streets. After spending some time getting lost in the streets, it was time for lunch at the stunning La Habana Hotel, housed in a magnificent colonial-era building. It offers stunning panoramic views of the entire city and is a truly impressive place.
In the evening, we were excited as we headed to the Tropicana in Havana. The Tropicana is a famous nightclub that has been entertaining visitors for over 80 years. We were treated to a spectacular cabaret show that provided an excellent portrayal of Cuban culture and history. The talented dancers, singers, and musicians impressed us with their skills - it was a truly unforgettable experience! 👯
Day 3: Exploring the Vinales Valley
Our third day in Cuba was full of adventure and excitement. Early in the morning, we set off and headed to the Vinales Valley to learn more about the traditional cigar-making process. The valley itself is already a highlight, with its picturesque landscapes, tobacco plantations, and limestone cliffs that majestically rise into the air. When we arrived, we were greeted by a farmer who took us through the entire manufacturing process. We saw how the tobacco plants were grown, harvested, and dried. Then we were shown how the leaves were sorted, rolled, and stored in barrels to achieve the perfect taste. The passion and care that goes into making each cigar were impressive. Of course, we also got to try a freshly rolled cigar. 😉🚬
After this exciting experience, we set off for our next adventure: ziplining! We soared over the green jungle, flew from platform to platform, and enjoyed spectacular views of the valley. Later, we rode horses to the Mural de la Prehistoria, a giant artwork that depicts evolution and is carved into the rocks. It was impressive to see how precise and detailed the artwork was and how well it was integrated into the natural environment. 🌴
Our last destination on this day was the Cueva del Indio, a fascinating cave with underground rivers and crystal-clear lakes. We enjoyed taking a small boat through the cave and admiring the stalactites and stalagmites.
Day 4 - Off to Varadero!
After a fantastic breakfast in the hotel garden, we continued our journey to Varadero, known for its pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters. Our accommodation for the next few days was the luxurious Melia Internacional Varadero. Upon our arrival, we were greeted by friendly staff and shown to our spacious rooms, where we relaxed in the afternoon.
In the evening, we visited the stunning Mansion Xanadu restaurant, once the home of American millionaire Irenee Du Pont. The restaurant was a true feast for the eyes, with magnificent views of the Gulf of Mexico. The menu offered a delicious selection of dishes, all prepared with fresh local ingredients. After a wonderful dinner, we made our way back to the hotel.
Day 5 - Action in Varadero
The next day, we started our adventure early with an exciting jeep safari that took us to Playa Coral. As we drove through a beautiful landscape with breathtaking views, we could hardly wait to dive into the crystal-clear water when we finally reached Playa Coral. The snorkeling experience was simply unforgettable. We saw an incredible variety of colorful fish and coral formations living in the deep blue waters.
After snorkeling, we made our way to Cueva de Saturno, an impressive cave hidden deep in the jungle. The coolness of the water was a welcome refreshment, and we enjoyed swimming in the waters and being inspired by the beauty and tranquility of the cave.
Back at the hotel, we had a romantic snack with live saxophone music and watched the sun set behind the horizon. Later in the evening, we also enjoyed a candlelight dinner personally prepared by the chef.
Day 6 - Catamaran to Cayo Blanco
Our last day in Cuba was an absolute highlight of our trip, as we had planned a private catamaran tour to Cayo Blanco. The island, only accessible by boat, was a true paradise. We were immediately enchanted by the breathtaking beauty of the white sandy beaches and crystal-clear blue waters.
Our day began early in the morning when we were picked up from our hotel and taken to our catamaran. The boat ride itself was an experience, as we enjoyed the view of the open sea and surrounding islands. When we finally arrived at Cayo Blanco, we were overwhelmed by the beauty of the island. The beach was flawless, the water was so clear that you could see all the way to the ocean floor, and the surrounding landscape was simply breathtaking. We decided to spend the day relaxing on the beach and swimming in the crystal-clear water.
As the day slowly came to an end and we returned to the hotel, we enjoyed the stunning sunset. It was an unforgettable sight as the sun slowly disappeared behind the horizon and the sea turned warm orange and red tones. We also had a last romantic dinner with live music before we reluctantly said goodbye to Cuba.