Location of Simien Mountains Ethiopia.

The Simien Mountain National park is located, in the Amhara regional Government state, North Gondar Zonal, 886-km distance from the capital, Addis Ababa and 123 km from Gondar 13°Nl,38°E lies between the altitudinal range of 1900 masl to 4430 masl at Bwahit in northern west of Ethiopia. More importantly, it is also located on the northern edge of the Great Rift Valley, which passes through Ethiopia and down to Mozambique, stretching over 6000 km. The mountain nature of the park together with its surrounding high peaks gives rise to the name The Roof of Africa. The SMNP is endowed with unique landscape and endemic animals, plants found only in the Ethiopian Highlands.

Simien Mountains – Geology of simian mountains National park Ethiopia. Geological history of the Simien Mountains was as mentioned below. The Simien Mountain were formed lava outpouring In the Miocene and Oligocene geological periods. These trap lavas covered all the pervious rock formation and the type of volcanic activates were like the ͑͑Hawaiian҆҆ type /found in china/ and spread over a wide area everything about 15,000 km² or more. These trap lavas hardened slowly forming a profile with gently sloping side like the Hawaiian volcanoes.

Climate of Simien Mountains National park Ethiopia.

The Climatic of SMNP is dependent on great altitudinal variation and mountains landscape categorized by6 wet, cool, and cold seasons. These climatic conditions are traditionally classified in four major climate zones as Woina Dega (1900-2400masl sub tropical climate) Dega (2400-3400masl temperate climate) High Dega (3400-3700masl cool climate) Wurch zone (>3700masl alpine).

Simien Mountains Natinal park- Wildlife in the Simien Mountains.

There are 22 large mammals, 13 small mammals and 182 bird species currently living in the mountains, of which 3 large mammals, 8 small mammals and 6 bird species are endemic to Ethiopia.

Gelada baboon in Simien National park.

The Gelada is an old-world monkey; not a baboon despite previous naming conventions. It is the only living member of the once widespread genus The ropithecus, and is only found in the highland of Ethiopia. The present-day distribution of the gelada is limited to the steep escarpments and gorges that border the eastern side of the central highlands and the north western highlands of Ethiopia

Walia ibex in Simien Mountains.

The Walia Ibex is found solely in the Simien Mountains, usually between 2,500 and 3,000m. They tend to live in groups and they forage in open spaces. The first record of the Walia was in 1835 by the explorer Rupell. Local legend states that the Walia came to the park with the saint Kidus Yared who used them to carry his holy books.

Ethiopian wolf in Simien Mountains National park.

The Ethiopian wolf is one of the rarest animals in the world. It is also Africa`s most threatened carnivore. The closet living relatives of the Ethiopian wolf are grey wolves and coyotes. The Ethiopian wolf ancestor crossed over from Eurasia during the Pleistocene period about 100,000 years ago, when sea levels were lower and Africa / the Middle East were connected.

Birdlife in Simien Mountains.

Well known bird species include: Watt led libs (bostrychia carunculata) The thick -billed raven (corves crassirostris) The tawny eagle (Aquila rapax). Bearded vultures (Gypaetus barbatus).

Plants in Simien Mountains.

Plant composition diversity refers tovegetation richness of the SMNP. Morethan 1,200 plant species with diversifiedfloristic composition in wide range ofaltitudes are believed exist in SMNP.About 507 species are identified and described of which about 57 tree speciesare identified in and around SMNP andover 20 plant species estimated areendangered. Out of 52 species of grasses10 are endemic to Ethiopia and only 3 areendemic to the Simien.

Rainfall in Simien Mountains.

The type of rainfall in the park area is characterized as 1 long eight month rainy season and a ideal hiking condition four-month dry season. The big rains begin in June and last through to September, after decreases with sporadic rainfall and fog. In the SMNP there is a relationship between rainfall and altitude. Rain increases with altitude up to 3,500-m altitude and begins to fall again. This is because the condensation usually fails to ascend up to the highest peak.

Temperature In Simien Mountains

The maximum temperature in the mountains is 15°C during the day and usually drops between -3 and 5°C at night with the coldest months being October, November, December, and January. In the

dry season temperatures can drop as low as -30°C at night at the higher altitudes with occasional snowfalls. Between June and late September is considered rainy season in Ethiopia.

What to bring whilst traveling in Simien Mountains.

From the beginning of December to the end of January, the temperature drops from -1 up to -3 during the night while during the day temperatures can reach as high as 25+; as a result, we recommend you bring: Sunscreen, Sleeping bag (three season at the very least), Gloves, A long

jacket, Other warm clothing, Thermal layers, Head beanie The temperature during the rainy season of June and July is the other way round. It gets cold during the day because of the rain and fog, whereas during the night it gets warmer as clouds keep the temperature higher. Light and waterproof materials are recommended at this time of the year since rain is highly expected and besides this it is very important to have with you those individual kits which listed below: Torch with spare batteries, Small travel alarm/reliable watch, Earplugs, Dark sunglasses, Spare spectacles (or lens prescription), Detergent, Polythene bags Sewing kit/String (clothes line/repairs etc.), water purification tablets, and any Personal medication desired. Some hikers with minimal experience occasionally pack altitude sickness pills if they plan on summiting Ras Da

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I will call “Iron Oro Train” as Sahara Express as I think it is more suitable to call it as Sahara Express because I never know any other train which cross some part of Sahara. This is the only train runs some part of Sahara Desert and also cross most of the Mauritania from West to the North East. Actually, this train is mainly to carry the iron from iron mine to the harbour of Nouadhibou. It is not for passengers but because of luck of transport and road from Nouadhibou to directly East Mauritania people use it as transport. There are at least 3 trains run from Nouadhibou to Zoureat but only 1 of them has passenger wagon even though most of the people do not use passenger wagon because it is not worth to use it without proper sitting places. Not many people want to use the passenger wagon but instead they take one of the empty carriage wagon and to ride this wagon is for free of charge. Also if you want to ride passenger wagon it is not expensive it should be around £6. Anyway let me give you more information how to get this train. The train which stops for passenger usually between 2pm to 4pm. So to be for sure to take the train I went to train station which is outside of the city at the entrance of the city of Nouadhibou took a taxi from the city. As a foreigner the taxi driver will want expensive fare for the ride but 50 Mauritania Ouguiyas (£1.2) is enough that is what I pay. I would recommend always ask your hotel receptionist or if you eat in a restaurant or drink coffee ask the stuff about the price what locals pay so you will have exact idea how much it will cost you. I went to train station at 2pm so when I arrive, I asked the locals waiting for the train and they told me that the train would come between 6pm to 7pm so be ready to wait long hours. There was small kiosk at the train station to get something to eat but also take food and drinks with you as the train journey will be 12 hours. 
So when the time was coming around 7pm the security guys told me that the train will be at 1am 🙂
I was not angry that the train will start to run late but rather I was happy as if I take the train late so I will see more landscape on the way when the sun will start to rise around 6.30am also be aware that as the train cross the desert it is cold and windy at night. I would suggest you take good sleeping bag and good outdoor dresses with you.
The train arrived at 00.40. It usually waits at the station around 15 minutes so you have enough time to get on the train.
The adventure train journey started at 1am I could not sleep much that night as it was cold and windy so This journey is only for adventurous people.
I put my alarm for 6am as the sun rise was around 6.30 and I wanted to see the first lights over Sahara Desert.
I slept a little bit that night and wake up at 6am and saw how the train cross the desert. Then amazing sunrise over Sahara Desert.
The landscape was amazing. I was lucky to see it. Also, I cant wait to see the 3rd biggest monobloc in the World. It is Ben Amera. more info here.
it is 60km before Chaum where you get off the train. I think one of the highlights of this epic journey is also to see the 3rd biggest Monoblock and also there were many more Monoblock rising on the desert. 
Yes at the end after 12 hours train journey arrived to Chaum where I got off from the train. There are a few minibuses waiting people to transfer to Atar city. So dont worry about the transport. 
I took the minibus and paid 200 Mauritania Ouguiyas (£5) it took 2 hours to arrive to Atar with very good roads. I was so tired and just get a room on the first hotel I see at the center.

Facts about the Iron Oro Train (Sahara Express)
[ ] Be ready at station at 2pm 
[ ] The best way to have this journey is from Nouadhibou to Chaum. The reason is the carriage wagon goes empty.
[ ] The train journey usually takes 12 hours from Nouadhibou to Chaum
[ ] Take with you good sleeping bag, matt, polar dresses, food and drink
[ ] The train on the way stops at some stations to give way to the train coming on other directions. I think at least 3 trains runs at each direction maybe more.

 

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Havana Beautiful City calling just few years before Ciudad Maravilla. Founding in 1519 is arriving to 500-year-old. Her eclectic architecture mixed with her peoples and his especially clima can made tourist experiment a very special and wonderful adventure. Walk the Porticos of the city can see how Cuban live nowadays. How they do shopping’s and a very warm and communicative way they live

Sun ☀ light is especially beauty, Old Havana tour. Walking In the old city allow you to see the Amassing beauty of the colonial city. Old decadent and a total renew building shoes how was and how beauty can be these cities across the time.

Doors 🚪 windows, fences all with beauty and unique way

Almost every start in Havana are made with white marble from Carrara Italy

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Discover the Seychelles

Stunning and unspoiled, the Seychelles star in countless tropical island fantasies.

This much is clear: there is so much more to the Seychelles than its exquisite beaches. It is not just a travel destination for sunbathing and lounging around. The magic of these Indian Ocean islands is multifaceted: the lush tropical vegetation, the exceptional flora and fauna, the friendly, fun-loving people that make a trip to this archipelago off the African coast an unforgettable experience.

 

1.Hiking

The cool mountains of Morne Seychellois National Park are great for walks. The largest national park in the Seychelles, Morne Seychellois National Park covers more than 20 percent of the area of Mahé.

     

2.Valle De Mai National Park

This forest on Praslin island is a must for coco de mer, walking trails and wildlife. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vallée de Mai National Park on the island of Praslin preserves a prehistoric forest that contains at least 4,000 examples of the rare giant coco de mer fruit palm (unique to the Seychelles)

    

3. Visit Capital of Victoria

Visit the smallest capital in the World for taste of urban life and an insight into local history and culture.

Places to visit Hindu TempleSt. Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Selwyn Clarke Market, Natural History Museum, Clock Tower, Freedom Square

  

4.Sailing

The Seychelles was made for sailing, hire a boat or hop on a chartered tour to see the best of the islands

5.Exotic Flora

Discover the island diverse botanic delights

     

6.Diving & Snorkelling

Discover the wonders of the deep at numerous dive sites around the islands.

There are many sites for great snorkelling

7.Cycle around La Digue island

One great way to explore La Digue is by bicycle

8.Perfect Beaches

There are many perfect beaches in Seychelles. Anse Source D`Argent on La Digue has often been voted `the best beach in the world.

  

9.Best sunsets

Sunset is a gorgeous time of day

    

10. See Giant tortoise

All tortoises found in the Seychelles are Aldabra Giant Tortoises which is one of the largest species in the world.

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 ABISKO NATIONAL PARK , LAPPLAND, SWEDEN

Abisko National Park is listed as one of the Natural Wonders you must see before you die!

Lappland in northern Sweden is home to a number of spectacular national parks, the most scenic of these being Abisko National Park. Framed by mountain ranges in the south and west, and the waters of Torneträsk Lake in the north, the low-lying valley of Abisko National Park is a wonder to behold. The arctic light dances over the glistening Abiskojokka River which runs through the park, and deep canyons with steep cliff walls reveal the area’s violent geological past. The best view in Lappland is from Abisko National Park. Visitors can also take a cable car to the top of Mount Njulla, where there is a beautiful view of Torneträsk Lake and the Lapp Gate. Plant life thrives on the lime-rich rock, and the park is host to a number of rare plants—the Lapp orchid, for example, is a protected flower and grows nowhere else in the country. Martins, stoats, lemmings, and elks wander the wilds of the park, and many small species of bird, such as the arctic warbler, circle its skies.

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Hike to the so-called `Roof of Africa` wandering atop the edge of escarpments that plummet hundreds of meters into the Ethiopian plains, providing a shield for creatures seen almost nowhere else on earth walk here before the rest of the world discovers the simiens.

Essential Experiences (Recommended by Lonely Planet)

  • Watching the sun set from the camp at Geech
  • Standing among gelada baboons above Geech Abyss as you watch the waterfall disappear into shadows
  • Wandering out onto a campside spur at Chenek at dawn, as gelada baboons arise from their cliff-hanging sleeps
  • Being mobbed by fascinated children as you walk through the village of Chiro Leba
  • Savouring the immense view from the summit of Ras Dashen

 

Topping out at 4559m, Ethiopia`s Simien Mountains are among the highest and finest of Africa`s mountain ranges. Towering out of patchwork agricultural plains studded with craggy peaks, the range is framed by massive escarpments. Standing at their edge, as you will most of the time when hiking here, you`ll agree the views are equal of any in the world.

Treks here isn`t just about the stupendous views. The simian Mountains National Park is a living, bustling landscape, inhabited by around 15,000 people. Villagers till weary slopes, shepherds roam the plateau, and village children sprint from homes to greet trekkers.

Among them- often grazing right beside the goats- is a host of wildlife so special that, in 1978, the Simien Mountains were included the first selection of sites to be granted World Heritage status. Most commonly seen are the gelada baboons, the world`s only grass-eating primates; the colouring on their chest gives them the nickname of `bleeding-heart baboon`.  Walia ibex cling to impossible slopes, and the call of the Ethiopian wolf might be heard on the slopes of Ras Dashen, through the coyote-sized, fox-coloured dog-the world`s rarest canid-is rarely seen.

Altitude sickness is less a problem in the Simien than in many equivalent ranges, with camps spaced at intervals aiding acclimatisation. This gives trekkers a good chance of summiting Ras Dashen, scrambling its final escarpment to soak in a view that rewards all of the effort in getting here.

The Bleeding-Heart Baboon: The gelada baboon is one of the Ethiopia`s most fascinating endemic animals. In fact, not a baboon at all. It takes up its own genus of monkey. Of all the nonhuman primates. It`s by far the most dexterous. It also lives in the largest social groups (up to 800 individuals in a group have been recorded), is the only primate that feeds on the grass, and has its `mating skin` on its chest and not on its bottom- a convenient adaptation, given that it spends most of its time sitting. This bare patch of skin has given rise to the gelada`s another popular name: the bleeding-heart baboon.

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The success of your trip depends heavily on the level of preparation. Madagascar is a wonderful destination for travellers who take the time to prepare& organise their trip well in advance.

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A good travel insurance especially ensures your care in an emergency or unexpected situations such as health problems, accidents, cancellations, etc. Malagasy health facilities do not meet international standards. Therefore, medical evacuation to Mauritius, Reunion or South Africa is absolutely necessary in case of medical emergency.

Therefore, we strongly recommend that you subscribe to adequate travel insurance before departure.

Travel insurance protects you while giving you financial security and assisting you in case of emergency.

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Generally, we recommend that you have a medical consultation before your departure for health issues related to your stay in Madagascar and in particular on the issue of malaria.

Please make sure that you update your vaccines, including diphtheria, tetanus, polio, typhoid fever, viral hepatitis A and B.

We also recommend you bring along your own medication to relieve minor inconveniences associated with travel. Similarly, if you follow a specific treatment, it is important to plan your treatment during your stay.

It is strongly recommended that you drink only bottled water during your stay (including for brushing your teeth), and eat only in restaurants recommended by your guide. Drink enough water to prevent dehydration and fatigue.

Remember to bring insect repellent and wear adequate clothing against mosquito bites.

Please make sure you protect yourself and your children from direct sunshine and dehydration. Sunscreens with high sun protection are also vital.

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Madagascar is a peaceful country with a nice, smiling and hospitable population. However, we must not forget that Madagascar is among the poorest countries on the planet. For a pleasant stay in Madagascar, simple safety measures and basic rules and common sense apply to all travellers.

While we travel around the world, we owe respect to other populations, cultures & customs. Let us not forget that tolerance and smiles open doors and make our world a better place.

CLIMATE CONDITIONS

In general, the climate in Madagascar is characterised by a dry season that runs from April to October and a rainy season from November to March. However, significant variations across regions are noteworthy: more moisture to the east, with a shorter dry season, and on the contrary a dry period with significantly prolonged heat waves in the south. Tropical storms and heavy rain may occur between November and March. Protection from sunshine, rain, cold and wind has to be taken into consideration while you pack. Please include a pair of good walking shoes to discover the national parks.

GOOD TO KNOW ABOUT HOTELS IN MADAGASCAR

Madagascar is one of the last paradises on earth resisting to the invasion of modernity and still offers opportunities for extra-ordinary travelling conditions.

Please kindly be advised that most accommodation options in the bush of Madagascar are often cut off from electricity & water networks and work on own power supply generators (solar or conventional). Often, bush hotels run on generator supply rationed in the day and into the night. In general, the generator is off from 22h on, after the guests return to their rooms after dinner. Similarly, the hot water may not be available throughout the hotel network.

Whatever itinerary you choose, we highly recommend you to bring your own torch lights to anticipate potential power cuts that can occur at any time on your route, in the bush as well as in the urban areas.

PACKING LIST TO DISCOVER MADAGASCAR & ITS NATIONAL PARKS

We strongly recommend that you bring a good pair of comfortable & robust walking/trekking shoes (solid sole to protect against falls, slippery collars and sharp stones), a headlamp/torch, a raincoat, a fleece jacket (depending on season and location), light and covering clothes (to protect you from cold, sun, scratches, insect bites, etc.), as well as hats and sunglasses. Nights can be fresh/cold in the bush and/or by the seaside, please include some warm clothes. A backpack is necessary to bring along with you your water bottle, camera, some cash money, sunscreen, raincoat/pullover and a small first aid kit to disinfect and treat minor injuries during the visit.

In some national parks, it is possible to swim in natural pools and / or waterfalls. We suggest you to inquire at your hotel reception before leaving the park to provide the necessary equipment for swimming.

Please also include your own mask and snorkel to enjoy marine reserves on your itinerary.

LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE AIR MADAGASCAR [DOMESTIC FLIGHTS]

On board of Air Madagascar domestic flights, luggage allowance is limited to ONE PIECE per person not exceeding 20 kg, and 5 kg cabin luggage per passenger. Respect this weight limit to avoid extra luggage fees. We highly recommend flexible and robust rolling travel bags, with security lock. Please try to avoid rigid, heavy and voluminous suitcases. Soft travel bags are easier to handle for road & boat transport.

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The local monetary unit is the Ariary (MGA or Ar), which in 2005 replaced the Malagasy franc (FMG). It happens very often that prices are given in Malagasy francs, ask precisely to avoid misunderstandings: note 1 MGA = 5 FMG.

Exchange rate 1 EUR = 3500 MGA (indicative rate). The official rate available on the website of the Central Bank of Madagascar, http://www.banque-centrale.mg/

While travelling in the country, make sure you bring some cash to exchange upon arrival and a package of small change between two cities. In the bush, you can only pay in cash except in important hotels where VISA card is widely accepted.

VISA AND MASTER CARDS

Important: In Madagascar, VISA is more widely accepted than MASTER. AMEX is not at all common. Commissions vary from one place to another.

There are ATMs and Exchange Offices in all major cities. The eventual settlement of hotel extrasby card as well as cash with drawls are subject to commissions and charges ranging from 5 to 8%. Please contact your bank for detailed information.

TIPS

You can give a tip if you are really satisfied with the service. In restaurants, it is customary to leave 5 % service charge, but it is at your discretion. If you rent a car with a driver, you can give a tip of few Euros per day (about 5 € per day).

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Various mobile operators provide communication & Internet services in Madagascar. It is possible to buy a prepaid SIM card from one of the operators and use the national network configuration if your phone allows.

POWER SUPPLY

European / French type of sockets are in used, with 220 V powers, when available. Power cuts are very widely experienced in major cities. There is mostly no power network in the bush and most hotels run on power generators or solar panels. Power generators run mostly until 10 or 11 p.m. in case of solar power, please do not use electric hair dryers. Please kindly ask information and assistance at the reception of each hotel.

We strongly recommend you bring a headlight or torchlight with enough spare battery per person for night use in bush hotels.

 

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1.Best diving and snorkelling. Famous for its endless coral reefs.

Raja ampat is famous for its Manta Rays. These majestic, harmless animals can be found throughout the region and are commonly encountered at sites.

Top 5 Places for diving in Raja ampat are those Mios Kun, Blue Magic, Manta Sandy, Batu Lima,Mike’s Point

2.See Birds of paradise with their incredible plumage and fascinating behaviours adaptations. Papua`s Birds of paradise are like nothing else on Earth. Various endemic species can be found throughout the islands.

3. Homestay/  By staying in homestays you will  have some bites at traditional food.

I would suggest Lumba Lumba homestay

For details see website http://lulumba.net/ 

There is diving option as well on this homestay and I tried 2 dives which were excellent. Cape Kri is definitely a site to check out, it holds a world record of 374 different species of fish to ever be seen in one dive.

There is a nice hike to the top of Kri where you can watch the beautiful sunset

 

Sunset & Sounds of tropical forest in Kri island/Raja Ampat

 

4.See walking sharks/ Home of Walking “Epaulette shark, this species only found in Raja ampat.

You can find them easily during the night the baby walking sharks.

5. Swim with sea turtle/

Raja Ampat is an incredible place to see at least four of the world’s seven turtle species. Sea turtles are one of the world’s oldest species. Scientific evidence shows they are at least 100 million years old .

6. Swim with shark

Raja Ampat is an ideal habitat for a number of species of sharks. Black tip, white tip and grey reef sharks thrive here.

 

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The 10 Best things to do in Cuba

  1. Cuban Music:

Cuban music is one of the world’s most popular music, not only on the Caribbean islands but also in the whole of Latin America. You can hear many live performances playing at most of the cosy bars in Cuba. If you are looking for the best nightlife, go to Trinidad.

  1. Cuban cigar:

The world’s best cigars grow in Cuba, mostly in the western part of Cuba around Pinar del Rio. If you would like to taste the best cigars, head to Cuba. You can visit cigar factories and see how cigars are prepared or visit farms in Vinales and one of the farmer’s will show you how they roll the cigars.

There are lots of different cigar brands in Cuba. The top 3 brands are Cohiba, Monte Cristo, Romeo and Juliet.

      

  1. Cuban Rum:

Cuban rum is renowned as being one of the best in the world. There are 2 main brands: one of the most internationally known is Havana Club, but locals say that the best rum is “Santiago de Cuba”. You can only find this rum in Cuba and it is available in most shops. The more aged the rum is, the better its quality and of course, the more expensive it is. I would recommend trying a 7 year old dark rum -that is one of my personal favourites.

  1. Vintage American Cars:

Be sure to experience a ride in a vintage american car while in Cuba but dont just take a 2 hour Havana tour, try to take a longer trip to explore other cities to make the most of the authentic Cuban car experience.

       

  1. Cuban Salsa:

While you are listening to live Cuban salsa music, why not learn to dance salsa. Dont be afraid, Cuban people are very friendly and willing to teach you the basic Salsa steps. Cuban salsa is a unique style of salsa that is enjoyable to dance at any age.

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  1. Watch the sunset:

Dont miss any sunset in Cuba. If you are in Havana, head to Malecon where you can watch the sunset and listen to locals play live music while drinking your rum. Malecon is a place for social gatherings.

If you are in Trinidad, head to the beautiful Playa Ancon beach which is a 20 minute car ride and watch one of the best sunsets where the sun goes down in the Caribbean sea.

If you are in Vinales, head to one of the hills where you can watch the sun go down from the Mogote green hills of Vinales.

       

  1. Visit Che mausoleum in Santa Clara:

You will most likely see Che Guevara’s posters and statues more than Fidel. Che is the hero of Cuba who fought for the Cuban revolution with Fidel. Try to visit his mausoleum in Santa Clara.

     

  1. Hike and horse riding in Vinales valley:

Vinales valley is surrounded by beautiful Mogote hills, a paradise. To visit certain parts of this valley, it is best to hike or horse ride in the valley to fully appreciate these beautiful hills.

 

  1. Dine at the best restaurants in Cuba.

Most people who travelled to Cuba before 2011 complained about the bad food in Cuba but since 2011, the Cuban government allowed private restaurants to open due to tourists’ demand, now there are good restaurants in most big cities and you can even dine in a restaurant where Barack Obama himself dined. Those restaurants are very popular and advance booking is required.

These are some restaurants that we suggest:

Havana/San Cristobal, Los Nardos, Castropol, Paladar Los Mercaderes

Trinidad/San Hose, Vista Gourmet

Vinales/Casa de Don Tomas, La Toma,

  1. Explore the best beaches in Cuba:

Playa Ancon is one of the best beaches in Cuba and it is only 20 min drive by car from Trinidad- it is a must-see!

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