Cuba has always been a place steeped in culture, history and nostalgia due to its former Prime Minister, Fidel Castro, preventing the influence of the outside world on the country. However, in recent years these have begun to relax, including imposed trade embargoes between the US and Cuba and travel restrictions.
So, what better time than now to experience the unique charm of a country that’s free of US commerce, with limited WiFi connection and an authentic culture that cannot be rivalled. With nine cultural and natural UNESCO World Heritage sites in Cuba, we’ve picked three spots to visit, where you can escape from modern life and experience its stunning natural beauty.
- Old Havana
Quaint cobbled streets, beautifully restored buildings and an abundance of vintage American cars give any visitor to Old Havana a feeling of nostalgia. A strong sense of the past is what makes the city so charming.
Exploring the city by foot means you can wander along narrow lanes and experience the vibrant culture – from the music-filled streets to the stunning museums and castles. We recommend visiting the elegant Catedral de San Cristobal, also known as the Cathedral of The Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception, and admire the magnificence of the building’s exterior from one of the cafes along the square.
- Viñales Valley
Nature lovers can experience the outstanding landscape of the Viñales Valley in Western Cuba. The landscape is dramatic and breath-taking – towering mountains surround its spectacular rocky outcrops.
The valley is known for its continuation of traditional forms of agriculture that have remained unchanged for many centuries, particularly in its tobacco crops. This sense of tradition can be seen in the farm and villages in the valley – the architecture is simple and built from local natural materials and traditional crafts are incredibly popular.
- Alejandro de Humboldt National Park
One of the two national parks with UNESCO World Heritage status in Cuba, this park is home to a unique range of local flora and fauna and it’s described as “one of the most biologically diverse tropical island sites on earth.”
Here, you’ll be able to see unique species of protected amphibians and endagered birds, including Cuban Amazon parrots and ivory-billed woodpeckers. Impressively, 70% of the plants found in this National Park are endemic, so you’ll be sure to witness nature like no other in the magnificence of Alejandro de Humboldt National Park.
Experience unrivalled beauty in Cuba’s stunning landscapes and protected plant life and species. With so many unique and beautiful places to visit and ways to experience them, a trip to Cuba is an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime trip for any nature lover.