Author: Daniela

Akaroa, Christchurch
New Zealand

Akaroa, Christchurch

With one and a half days to spend in Christchurch and our lovely friends hosting us and driving us around we set off to explore the Banks Peninsula and Akaroa. Formed by numerous eruptions of the Lyttelton and Akaroa volcanoes, the Banks Peninsula offers striking scenery with deep valleys, craggy headlands and steep […]

The Gold Coast
Australia

The Gold Coast

The Gold Coast certainly offers what you would expect: golden sandy beaches. If surf is your thing this place just gets better. People here seem to take sunbathing and keeping in shape very seriously, so the Gold Coast is a lifestyle too. However the beach life is not the only thing happening […]

CubaDupa in Wellington
New Zealand

CubaDupa in Wellington

Cubadupa in Wellington lasts just for a weekend and this is a weekend you don’t want to miss. The dates change every year, but they are generally falling at the end of March, to farewell the summer with the best party possible. Cuba Street and the surrounding lanes and public […]

Bay of Pigs, Cueva de Los Peces and Playa Larga
Cuba

Bay of Pigs, Cueva de Los Peces and Playa Larga

Bay of Pigs (Bahia de Cochinos) was so beautiful that we ended up being there twice. The first time was on our way from Cienfuegos to Viñales, the second time was after the Cuban Adventures tour, during our stay in Playa Larga. The first time we went to Cueva de […]

Santa Clara and the Che Guevara Mausoleum
Cuba

Santa Clara and the Che Guevara Mausoleum

The Che Guevara Mausoleum in Santa Clara is where you go to pay your respects to the Cuban revolution. In a country where people seem to want to go abroad to see the world and feel constricted, this is where they instead take pride of who they are. Being located at the […]

Viñales – riding horses, smoking cigars
Cuba

Viñales – riding horses, smoking cigars

Slow down your pace and wear your best smile, you are in Viñales. Well, at least we were, just after driving from Trinidad, thinking we couldn’t have any better. How wrong we were! Viñales itself is quite a simple and humble village, like its inhabitants. It mostly consists of one storey colourful wooden […]

Parque Guanayara
Cuba

Parque Guanayara

When we booked our visit to Parque Guanayara from the Cubatour travel agency in Trinidad, different tour options were explained to us. We picked the longest one. Even if it costed rather more than the other choices it covered all the most remarkable natural features and gave us also the chance to […]

Easter Procession
Cuba

Trinidad: the Easter Cross Procession

Trinidad is about 4 hours’ drive south from Havana. A mild climate and the easy access to the Caribbean favoured its agricultural and commercial growth. The architectural prosperity in the colonial times shaped the city and beautifully framed its narrow streets paved in cobblestones. Trinidad is deeply religious – both Santeria and […]

Cienfuegos – Cuba’s colonial gem
Cuba

Cienfuegos – Cuba’s colonial gem

We arrived at Cienfuegos just after lunch and the streets were roasting under our feet. Unsurprisingly at that time of the day many people prefered to stay in front of a fan rather than touring the town like us, so we mainly found homeless people resting under Parque José Martí trees or venturing […]

Muraleando – the artistic Cuban neighbourhood
Cuba

Muraleando – the artistic Cuban neighbourhood

Muraleando After days of Central Havana, it was time to visit somewhere less tourist-centred and more real. While Darren went exploring Playa Larga, Gaby (a friend from the tour) and I decided to go and visit Muraleando, the artistic neighborhood of the Cuban capital. We took a taxi to go […]