Calle Aguilera No. 658, Paraiso y Norte, Santiago de Cuba, Caribbean
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Any Info would Help
Travelling to Brisas Siera Mar Santiago May 08th to 15th, first time to Cuba. Any info with regard to costs and locations etc greatly appreciated on hotel, scooter rental, jeep rental, excursions private lobster dinner etc,
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Hello...take a look into this web page, it has many good and up to date info:
U'll be near Santiago de Cuba, Granma, Guantanamo and Baracoa cities. Take advantage of that and visit at least Santiago and Baracoa. Also U'll have the highiest moutains in cuba all around U so if U like to hike then climb pico turquino or pico cuba, 1rst and 2nd peaks in cuba. Alos U can swim a lot in the beatifull Caribbean sea...good luck!
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ASK FOR MARIO OF HAVANATUR HE IS THE BEST, KNOWLEDGEABLE AND HAS A TON OF CUBAN WISDOM AND KNOW-IT-ALL. THIS CHARMING MAN CAN OPEN MOUNTAINS AND CROSS RIVERS TO GIVE YOU INFO YOU SEEK. HAVE CONFIDENCE AND PILE YOUR QUESTIONS ON HIM. BYE
Travel Tips for Santiago de Cuba
Avoid Santiago Touts!
Avoid Touts Who Recommend Casas in Santiago De Cuba.
We arrived in Santiago and went straight to the Casa which was recommended in our guide book. It was central and had a balcony. Unfortunately it was not available.
As we left we were approached by a tout who told us his Tia had a casa close by - Casa Vivian, with a terrace and great views.
We were wary of recommendations by touts as it always hikes up the price by at least 5CUC. He was insitent and we hot and weary from out journey so we agreed to have a look. Situated in the Santa Lucia/Corona area close to Padre Pio, down a steep hill the terrace views of the ocean and mountains were indeed beautiful even if the room was very basic.
The following morning we met an elderly French man on the terrace entertaining his Jinetera, He was about to depart for Haiti on boat he informed us. That afternoon an elderly Italian - Gennaro checked in. Must have been at least 70, his Cuban friend no more than 15. Within 30 miinutes we hear her sobbing in the hallway. He had not paid her. Though she 'was not a Jinitera" she informed us. She needed the money for the journey home.
Gennaro promptly leaves and returns with yet another lady of the night whom he'd picked up in the Calle outside. We were stunned. He had offered her 10 Euros and a shirt her son.
By now we were becoming increasingly uneasy with the constant flow of traffic so had a word with Madam Vivian who seemed very angry and would not believe that Gennaro had been entertaining non stop. She shouted at us and refused to refund our money. The cockroach skuttling across the kitchen floor and the maid asking if she could shower in our room which was the final straw.
We packed our bags and left.
A lesson leart. Never listen or be guided by a tout. They are all on commission and you're not likely to end up in decent acommodation.
We had read good reports of Santiago being a 'cultural jewel'.
We found it to be hot, smelly, and overfilled with rubbish and jiniteras with their elderly sugar daddies.
Everywhere we went we saw fat elderly Germans and Italians cuddled up to girls young enough to be their grandaughters.
The Cuban govt. really needs to clean up it's act, and put a stop to the exploitation of it's young women.
We were happy to depart Santiago for Holguin, a clean and cultured city with friendly people and best off it was tout free. Sala De Dolores. Teatro Oriente, View of the mountains from our terrace.
Plaza de Dolores and all of it's crazy eccentrics, performers and hustlers.
After ten years without coming...
After ten years without coming back to Santiago,the nicest thing I can remember is the vew of the Santiago Morro Castle and the bay when last year I went around with some friends from VT. All the other info will be posted soon!!
Cuba is full of monuments to the revolution and Santiago is no exception! This one is very close to the Viazul bus station along Avenida de Los Libertadores. It's absolutely HUGE!!! They were built when Russia was providing above average market prices for Cuba's sugar. I think with the current shortage of building supplies they might rethink the enormity of future monuments. The monuments are a free attraction in Cuba and some are very impressive!
Christmas in Cuba this year passed with little more observance than the tiny plastic Xmas tree for me. Some of my Cuban friends did attend church as usual but there was none of the comercialization that we have been accustomed to here in North America and Europe.
However, there is always a shrine to El Cobre, the patron saint of Cuba, in the house. Since the Pope's visit catholicism is practiced more openly and increasing in popularity.
From the picture below you can see it was offered one of my Mayabe beers to secure blessing for the coming year. If you look closely, it's also wearing one of the Canadian pins that I had brought on a previous trip.
School and musem
During your visit of Moncada garrison you'll see that part of it is school as well (Mr.Casto decision)...
it's strange that we passed and kids had exam...with open door and none told us to be quite or anything...i know cubans have pride considering their education but still...
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