In April, 2015, I spent 11 days traveling in Cuba by visiting three cities: Havana, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad. The trip was organized by the Grand Circle Foundation with an emphasis on cultural activities. We visited artists, dancers, musicians, and ordinary citizens. We also visited museums, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a farm, stores, and markets.
A charter flight brought our group of 20 travelers from Miami to Havana. Our guide, Zoe, greeted us just outside the terminal of the José Martí International Airport. We met our driver, Luis, and boarded a comfortable tour bus made by Yutong of China. We stayed in Hotel Saratoga.
In Havana, an award-winning community group called Muraleando welcomed us with music, art, dinner, and dancing. The talents displayed by these artists and musicians were first rate.
We visited Fuster’s studio in the town of Jaimanitas near Havana. He uses decorative mosaic tiles to create murals and sculptures. He has decorated various buildings and structures in his neighborhood.
The city of Cienfuegos faces the Caribbean Sea on the southern coast of Cuba. We explored the colonial part of the city, which is well preserved. We stayed in Hotel La Union.
Trinidad, founded by a Spanish conquistador in 1514, is located in southern central Cuba. It is a small city with a slower pace of life than the bustling Havana. The city is designated by United Nations as a World Heritage Site in 1988. We stayed in Hotel La Ronda.
We spent the final days of the trip in Havana again. We stayed in Hotel Nacional de Cuba.