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Hello from Cuba (3) – Hiking Vinales and Exploring Nature

On Sunday it become excellent. The bloodless the front had eventually surpassed thru, the rain become gone and we had a lovely heat sunny day without any humidity.

My hostess is also a manual for the countrywide Park machine and Vinales is a nationally protected natural habitat. She had a excursion deliberate through a aspect valley of Vinales (Valle del Ancon) with 3 participants, an older couple from Germany and me.

The tour was excellent, we got picked up by a local in a taxi and went about 20 mins outdoor of city and were given dropped off at a local primary school, which had numerous communist slogans painted at the out of doors. Political graffiti, artwork and message forums are extraordinarily common in Cuba. despite the fact that there's no western style advertising, there are lots of political slogans (a group of some of which i'm able to summarize at a later factor).

this is a completely extraordinary revel in whilst you come from a Western capitalist united states like Canada, and you then see some of these political slogans approximately Communism and defending the Revolution. certainly fascinating indeed, a very one-of-a-kind global.

On our 3 hour ride we walked through neighborhood fields, had been told about neighborhood flora and fauna, special birds (the Cuban Tocororo, Turkey vultures and other birds. We also heard approximately neighborhood farming which nevertheless takes vicinity with human labour, guide ploughs and oxen. We have been brought to plants together with Malanga (pureed and given to toddlers), Yucca, diverse forms of candy potatoes, corn and yams.

one of the highlights changed into a 20 minute stroll through a limestone cave thru one of the Mogote hills. We saw some interesting stone formations and even bizarre faded flora developing inside the pitch-dark cave. Our manual had illuminated the cave with a robust flashlight for the 4 people and it changed into a pretty clean stroll and not using a cave-living animals in sight, handiest one political slogan spray-painted inside the cave (seemingly this was a hideout for the modern military at some point..).

After exiting the cave, we ended up in an uninhabited small valley completely surrounded by mountains and we bumped into a local farmer of 60 years, whose leathery face and slim body gave him the appearance of an 80 year antique guy, evidence of many decades of sun and tough paintings.

He had a flock of turkeys (with 61 young chicks), a canine and a few fields of corn and beans. And he commonly spends maximum of his days working manually on this little valley, absolutely remoted, sometimes staying overnight in a single hut made from the wood and leaves of the royal palm tree, Cuba┬┤s country wide tree. No radio, no television, no sanitation, no kitchen, just a wood mattress with a blanket in a hut with an earthen ground. once more a reminder of the way one-of-a-kind life may be on this u . s .....

Then we crossed over a small mountain range and again into the Valle del Ancon, wherein we saw a Casa Campesino, a conventional farm house/museum, which had additionally been visited some years ago with the aid of Fidel Castro. subsequent to the farm house is a lovely river that exits from a cave and 3 younger cuban teenage boys have been swimming and jumping into the water and having a ton of a laugh. the entrance to the cave is also surrounded by using wasp-hives (if that word exists), so there are lots of wasp dwellings putting down from the rock formations.

We took the taxi lower back into city and i had some other three hours or so before my departure with the Viazul bus. 2 local teenage boys, Rider and Rigo, approached me (without a doubt within the fashion of the underground financial system), presented me to rent a bicycle for $3 and to take me to a Paladar or private restaurant. I concept, why no longer, they regarded pretty decent. So I took the 3rd Bike and Hike Tours Chile and rode up with them into the hills above Vinales.

There they introduced me to a neighborhood own family and the lady of the residence served me with a whole vegetarian meal for $8.00. Afterwards I rented the motorbike for $2 for 1 hour and that i rode around Vinales and out of doors of town a bit to take a few photos of the Mogotes. The bike tour, even though extraordinarily short, became a top notch manner of exploring the town and surroundings.

At 4 pm I hopped lower back at the Viazul bus and went returned to los angeles Havana (Havana). At 7:30 or so I arrived on the Viazul bus station and that i ended up taking a "Cocotaxi", a yellow three-wheeler form of scooter taxi with a rounded yellow roof partially protecting the two seats within the lower back and the motive force in the front.