Tailor-made holidays to Cuba
WELCOME TO CUBA
An old Chevvy festooned with chrome rumbles along a street past decaying palaces and homes. As it shunts and splutters, reggaeton blasts from its radio provoking a shoulder dance among the passengers crammed into the back. Turning a corner, the máquina creaks past walls splashed with propaganda depicting Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and slogans celebrating the 1959 Cuban Revolution. Out on to the sea road, salty water splashes over the Malecón, and under the colonial columns salsa sizzles out of windows. An old man, a stogie clamped between his lips, spills a salutary drop of rum onto the steaming tarmac as the American automobile swings by.
Ay Cuba! This enigmatic Caribbean island’s allure lies in its blend of musical rhythms, rum-fuelled dancing, and tropical balm. This, combined with Spanish colonial architectural elegance, sugar-white sands, sapphire-blue seas, and coconut palms marching up mountains, stokes the appeal.
Its remarkable history envelops a diaspora of aboriginal Indians, Spanish colonial dominators, African slaves servicing sugar mills, Chinese immigrants, Haitian and Jamaican refugees, French settlers, British invaders and meddling, mercenary pirates. Their combined legacy has left a unique country. A fascinating blend of music, energising dance, decorative flourishes, delectable cocktails, impressive literature, hypnotic religious ceremonies, and avant-garde cinema. Experience the magical realm which Fidel Castro has constructed, a socialist society that has turned its back on modern life, leaving Cuba suspended in a time warp…
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