Havana was our next stop after New York. We decided to stay for 1 day there first, then go to Viñales for 3 days and come back to Havana for our last days in Cuba. That way it was possible to get to know this amazing city a little and come back for more! I’ve never seen so much colorful buildings in my whole life, and boy, do I love color!
People are polite and helpful, in a general way. Though there are already a lot of schemes for tourists, so be careful. Also, if you want to visit Havana’s surroundings and neighborhoods, try to exchange some CUC (Cuban Convertible Pesos, the money that you get from the ATM) for CUP (Cuban Peso or Moeda Nacional) at a Casa de Cambio. With CUP you can have a meal or a juice almost for free!
Traveling by bus is the cheapest way to travel but buses are often super crowded and surely are not for pussies! Try to negotiate if you’re traveling in a taxi colectivo. Also, don’t be surprised if your driver honks to every woman and teenage girl that passes by! Men are still very sexist. As I was with Luis, I never felt unsafe, but a lot of women I know who traveled to Cuba by themselves felt disrespected.
Sundays are baseball days. You can buy a ticket for a few cents and enjoy a social afternoon with a lot of cheap snacks and plenty of excitement. We watched Industriales against Isla de la Juventud.
Stay tuned for more from my trip to Cuba!