The new Trump Government regulations

The new Trump Government regulations

Trump will deny the residence to immigrants who are not “self-sufficient”

We want to inform you about the new Trump Government regulations implemented recently. Certainly, Trump has announced that the country will deny residency to immigrants who benefit from health insurance or receive any type of public assistance.

On the other hand, people who want to come to live in the country will have to request a Green Card. It is a proof that they will not be a “burden” on the public economy.

In fact, the US Government want to create an “immigration system based on the professional skills of the immigrant and not on family reunification”.

In addition, Ken Cuccinelli, the director of Citizenship and Immigration Services, confirmed his affinity with Trump’s thought.  For this reason, together they want to create a country only with self-sufficient people.

Another important fact is the diversity of opinions. For example, humanitarian agencies claim that immigrants are a low percentage of those who benefit from public assistance. On the contrary, official sources say that every year 544,000 people apply for residence. Unfortunately, 382,000 would be in one of the negative categories.

Certainly, each agency or organism has its own version and fights for its ideals.

The immigrants who will not be affected

The final decision of the United States Department of Homeland Security has been that every individual who has public benefits for more than 12 months within 3 years will be affected.

This penalty includes medical insurance, food stamps, housing subsidies and other forms of public assistance.

As a clarification, these new regulations will not affect pregnant women who receive medical assistance during pregnancy and in the 60 days following the birth of the baby. Neither are included the medical emergency assistance, programs offering school lunches, adoptions and foster homes, disaster relief, etc.

Finally, we will continue informing you about the new changes and regulations that will potentially appear in the future. The new Trump Government regulations are a real fact.

Please, in case you want to visit one of these countries, do not forget to obtain a visa in order to enter the territory. On the one hand, you will have to obtain a Cuba travel card. On the other hand, you will need an ESTA for United States. Unfortunatley, it is a mandatory transaction.

We hope you can visit these beautiful places and enjoy your trip!

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Josone Park in Varadero

Josone Park, Varadero

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The music of the Varadero Josone Festival

The music of the Varadero Josone Festival

The music returns: rumba, jazz and son

We inform you that Varadero will be the main city of this summer. The Varadero Josone Festival will be held from August 22nd to 25th. It is an event full of people, live music and concerts, and the beach. The location is perfect since Varadero has been one of the favourite destinations for tourists for years.

The music that will predominate will be rumba, jazz and son, the typical Cuban sounds. On the other hand, fortunately this year is celebrated in the largest resort on the Island.

Who will participate?

Obviously, after the first edition that was attended by artists such as Gilberto Santa Rosa, Álvaro Torres and José Alberto “El Canario”, the Varadero Josone Festival is celebrated again. The Honorary President Issac Delgado wants to consolidate the event as one of the largest internationally.

Also, the festival is supported by the Music Recordings and Editions Company (EGREM), the Ministry of Culture of Cuba, the Ministry of Tourism, the Cuban Institute of Music and the Palmares Extrahotelera Company.

On the other hand, there will be many music groups at the festival. For instance: Formell and Los Van Van, Ivette Cepeda, Pupy and those that are Son, Francisco Céspedes, Yoruba Andabo, Eme Alfonso, Paulo FG and his Elite, Descemer Bueno, Haila María Mompié, Buena Fe, Muñequitos de Matanzas, Issac Delgado and his Orchestra.

In addition, there will be artists from other countries like Eva Ayllón, Weedie Braimah and The Hands of Time.

Where should you buy tickets?

After that, if you wish to come to live this unique experience, you can buy tickets to access the concerts at the various points of the Cultural Tourism Agency Paradiso (La Habana and Varadero). In addition, you can obtain tickets in the multiple spaces of the Palmares ExtraHotelera Company, in the EGREM Music House and in the Josone Park itself.

Festival Program

August 22:

  • Emilio Vega and his Step to the Front (09:00 pm)
  • Yoruba Andabo (10:00 pm)
  • Eme Alfonso (11:00 pm)
  • Alain Pérez and the Orchestra (12:00 am)
  • Formell and Los Van Van (01:00 am)
  • Jacob Forever (02:00 am)

August 23:

  • Kono and the Boys of Cuba (09:00 pm)
  • Weedie Braimah and The Hands of Time (10:00 pm)
  • Ivette Cepeda (11:00 pm)
  • Lazarito Valdés and Bamboleo (12:00 am)
  • Issac Delgado and his Orchestra (01:00 am)
  • Manolito Simonet and his Trabuco (02:00 am)
  • Paulo FG and his Elite (03:00 am)

August 24:

  • Saxophone Quartet (09:00 pm)
  • Quintero’s Latin Jazz Project (10:00 pm)
  • Haila María Mompié and her Orchestra (11:00 pm)
  • Good faith (12:00 am)
  • Descend Good (01:00 am)
  • Pupy and the Son Son (02:00 am)
  • Alexander Abreu and Havana D’Primera (03:00 am)

August 25:

  • Gastón Joya and The New Cuban Trio (09:00 pm)
  • Eva Ayllón and Jorge Reyes feat Muñequitos de Matanzas (10:00 pm)
  • Pancho Céspedes (11:00 pm)
  • The Child and The Truth (12:00 am)
  • Adalberto Álvarez and his Son (01:00 am)
  • Divan (02:00 am)

Finally, we hope you can attend in the Varadero Josone Festival and enjoy a great experience. When you are entering Cuba, you need a Cuba tourist visa. For this reason, we recommend you to fill out the cuba visa application form before your travel date.

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Escambray and Sierra Maestra

Escambray and Sierra Maestra

Cuba, much more than beaches!

Cuba is known for its beaches. However, the island is also a beautiful destination for mountain lovers. For this reason, in this article we want to talk you about two specific mountains: Escambray and Sierra Maestra.

Discovering Escambray

This place has three important sites of Cuban nature with a high degree of biological diversity: the “Topes de Collantes”, the “Valle de los Ingenios” and the Caguanes National Park. This territory is declared a Protected Natural Landscape, a World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

  • The “Topes de Collante” is a forest formation where you can find lionas, epiphytes, mosses, lichens, orchids, and arborescent ferns. Also, there are waterfalls and rivers, green landscapes and a healthy environment.
  • The “Valle de los Ingenios” offers fertile lands between the mountains of Trinidad and Sancti Spíritus bathed by the Agabama River. One of the most important buildings is the Iznaga Tower.
  • The Caguanes National Park is located in the north of Yaguajay. It offers unique stone formations in Cuba, coastal cliffs, abrasive natural arches, bird species and vegetation.

Discovering Sierra Maestra

This impressive mountain range extends along the entire southern coast of eastern Cuba, and measures about 30 miles at its widest, from north to south.

The territory has a great variety of flora and fauna. Certainly, there are few mammals, the mountains are full of reptiles, amphibians and a large number of tropical birds.

It is important to keep in mind that some parts of the mountains are sometimes closed due to rockfalls or dangerous trails. The main path begins at the Alto de Naranjo viewpoint and from there you can try to climb the Turquino Peak, a strenuous hike to the highest peak in Cuba.

We recommend you to go well equipped: walking boots; sunscreen; sweater for the highest altitudes; and waterproof for high humidity and frequent rains.

Finally, also, you can visit “El Cobre“, the main attraction of this imposing basilica located in the surroundings of the Sierra Maestra. It is the statue of the Virgin Mary, with diamonds, emeralds and rubies, which is the subject of pilgrimages of Cubans. On the other hand, you can visit the “Parque Nacional Baconao“, an extensive biosphere reserve that covers more than 200 thousand acres.

It is a fact that Cuba has more than beaches. The country has beautiful places like Escambray and Sierra Maestra to visit and enjoy a pleasant holiday.

If after reading this article you have decided to undertake a trip to Cuba, do not forget to request a Cuba tourist card. The visa is necessary to enter the country.

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International Timba Festival 2019

International Timba Festival 2019

The Timba Festival in Cuba

We inform you that the International Timba Festival 2019 will be held in Cuba from August 2 to 4 in homage to the 50 years of the Los Van Van orchestra and its founder, Juan Formell. Certainly, Samuel Formell, director of Los Van Van after the death of his father in 2014, gave the great news.

During the festival you will see famous Cuban groups such as: Anacaona; Alexander Abreu and Havana de Primera; Manolito Simonet and Trabuco; Leonel Limonta and Azúcar Negra; Formell and los Van Van; Issac Delgado; etc.

The main objective of the festival is to promote and encourage Cuban popular music and traditional orchestras, and with it the most popular dances.

In addition, during the festival there will be numerous activities, such as workshops, concerts, conferences, projections and tours of cultural institutions. All this with the help of the Agency of Artistic and Literary Promotions (ARTEX).

On the other hand, there will be other initiatives such as national tours and concerts. Also, the campaign includes making the material in DVD format and a new video clip.

The famous timba has a long tradition that goes back to the colony, to the Cuban rumbas and congas, an essential source of Cuban culture. Certainly, the timba of the 90s is influencing almost all the music that is made today.

Finally, we encourage you to enjoy this festival with your friends or family and also to visit the wonderful country. For this reason, we remind you that you will need a Cuba travel visa if you want to visit the territory.

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The impressive fauna of Cuba

The impressive fauna of Cuba

Exotic animal species

First of all, Cuba has a great variety of flora and fauna that makes the country unique. In addition, it has a tropical climate with favorable temperatures for the development of plants and animals. Below, we have listed some of the species that are part of the impressive fauna of Cuba.

1. The Tocororo is a species of bird of the Trogonidae family. For this reason, his natural habitat is dry forests, humid forests and old degraded forests.

tocororo

2. The Chipojo is similar to the chameleon. These species come in a range of colors, and many species have the ability to change the color.

Chipojo

3. The Cuban crocodile is a small species of crocodile found only in Cuba. The common length is 2.1-2.3 m and a weight of 70-80 kg. Anyway, he is a very aggressive and dangerous animal for humans. Also, the scientists defend that they have unique physical and behavioral traits.

Cuban crocodile

4. The Capromyids are a subfamily of rodents of the Echimyidae family. They have a robust body and large heads. Many species are herbivores, although some eat small animals.

Jutía

5. The Flamingos are a large birds with a very long neck, legs shaped like sticks and pink feathers. They eat larva, small insects, blue-green and red algae, mollusks, crustaceans and small fish.

Flamingos

In conclusion, this country has great natural and animal wealth. We hope that this article related to the impressive fauna of Cuba has helped you to know a little more.

Finally, we want to remember you that if you travel to Cuba do not forget to apply for a Cuba holiday visa.

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ECOTUR presents new travel options for 2019

ECOTUR presents new travel options for 2019

Enjoy your summer in Cuba

We would like to inform you that ECOTUR presents new travel options for 2019. This company is one of the most recognized Cuban agencies worldwide. Recently, they have presented their program for the Summer 2019 and bet to keep their trip to Santiago de Cuba with one night of stay in the city.

In addition, they present the Santiago de Cuba Plus modality. This pack includes a 3-day excursion + two nights of accommodation + a varied program for people interested in history, culture and nature.

Both excursions include:

  • Air-conditioned bus.
  • Specialized guide service.
  • Lunch in Bayamo.
  • Accommodation with breakfast.
  • Lunch on the way back to the Lake of Dreams in Camagüey.
  • Entrance to all the places of the Program (Wax Museum, Visit to the Sanctuary of the Charity of El Cobre – Mass, Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, etc).

On the other hand, Programs include free time to discover the city and do some shopping.

In conclusion, ECOTUR has the commitment to be leaders in the commercialization of nature tourism and specialized in Cuba. In addition, they make sustainable use of natural resources. For this reason, ECOTUR presents new travel options for 2019.

As a final note, please be in mind that you will need a Cuba holiday visa to travel to the country. Certainly, it is essential that you purchase a Cuban visa to avoid problems.

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“Torticas de Moron”, a traditional Cuban dessert

"Torticas de Moron", a traditional cuban dessert

A delicious and very popular recipe

In this article, we want to provide you with one of the most famous sweet recipes in Cuba. The “Torticas de Moron”, a traditional Cuban dessert originated in Morón, the center of Cuba. Traditionally the cookies are made with lard or vegetable shortening.

Please, see below our “Torticas de Moron”, a traditional Cuban dessert that you should know.

Ingredients

  • 2 and 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons rum
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 5 spoons of preserves of guava or jam
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel
  • 2 bars (1 cup) of unsalted butter

Procedure

  1. First, you must mix the flour, salt and baking powder in a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. Next, in an electric mixer, beat the butter at medium speed for 1 minute. Add the sugar and continue beating until fluffy. Then, add the egg and continue beating for 1 more minute. Finally, you can add the rum and the lemon peel.
  3. Third, you should add the flour mixture to the creamy butter and stir with a spatula. Once manually removed, replace the container in the holder and mix at the lowest speed. Next, you must shape the dough and make 2 equal discs. Then, you should put them in the fridge until they are firm (2 hours minimum). Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Once the previous steps are completed, use a cookie cutter, cut the cookies and place them on the baking sheet. Using a small teaspoon make a small slit in the center of each cookie. Chill the cookies until they are firm, 5 minutes while preparing the guava filling.
  5. For the guava, melt the preserves over low heat in a small saucepan for 5 minutes.
  6. Put about 1/4 teaspoon of melted guava in the center of each cookie, do not fill it too much. Finally, bake the cookies until the edges are lightly browned.

We recommend you to cook our “Torticas de Moron”, a traditional Cuban dessert if you want to surprise your family and friends. They will be really happy!

Also, an interesting option that we suggest you is to visit the country and have the opportunity to taste this recipe and others. Please, be in mind that you need a Cuba holiday visa to access the country.

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8 curious facts about Guardalavaca

8 curious facts about Guardalavaca

Do you know these curiosities about Guardalavaca, Cuba?

We want to tell you some interesting things about Guardalavaca, a tourist Cuban area famous for its endless beaches of fine sand. The place is located in the northeast of the island, in the municipality of Banes. The place has a maritime beauty composed of sea beds ideal for lovers of diving and water sports.

Next, you can learn more about this place. We are going to tell you 8 curious facts about Guardalavaca.

The 8 curious facts about Guardalavaca

  1. Firstly, there are several stories about the origin of the beach. On the one hand, some people attribute it to the fact that at the beginning of the 20th century the peasants kept their cattle in the area.
    On the other hand, other people believe that it is because of the activity of the pirates in the Caribbean because it was the preferred place to hide their booties. There are other hypotheses.
  2. Also, the beach is shaped like a shell, has a length of 1700 meters and a width of 50 meters.
  3. In addition, there are ten archaeological sites.
  4. From the 90s, this place began to be a focus of nature and beach tourism. Guardalavaca was always a peasant community and small fishermen, almost all poor.
  5. It is the third tourist pole of Cuba and has hundreds of hotel capacities.
  6. It is the best destination to enjoy the sea without concerns of insecurity or animal attacks as it is protected by a reef crest, so you will not see any shark.
  7. There are five interesting places: the Bahía de Naranjo Park, the Dolphinarium, the Taína Village, the Vita Bay and the Chorro de Maíta.
  8. Certainly, you can sunbathe or practice water sports such as windsurfing, diving, kayaking and boating.

In conclusion, we hope you have the opportunity to discover the Guardalavaca beach and more things about Cuba. Now, you know 8 curious facts about Guardalavaca, so you’re prepared.

Please, be in mind that you will need Cuba travel visa if you want to enter the country without any problem. Unfortunately, this transaction is mandatory for many countries.

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Black beans, a typical Cuban recipe

Black beans a typical Cuban recipe

The typical Cuban flavors

In this article, we will tell you a great homemade recipe step by step. The main ingredients are the “Frijoles negros” or black beans. Please, see below the ingredients and the procedures to cook our black beans, a typical Cuban recipe.

Ingredients

  • 450 gr of black beans.
  • 4 cloves of garlic.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of paprika.
  • 100 ml olive oil.
  • 1 onion.
  • 2 liters of water.
  • 1 red pepper.
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin.
  • 1 bay leaf.
  • A few leaves of coriander.
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano.
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar.
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper.
  • 2 tablespoons of sherry vinegar.
  • 100 ml white wine.
  • Salt.

Preparation

  1. First of all, we put in a saucepan the black beans, 2 liters of water, half red pepper, the cilantro, the bay leaf, the cumin and the oregano. If the beans are tender, it is not necessary to soak them, but if it is the contrary, we will soak them until they swell.
  2. On the other hand, we recommend you to use a pressure cooker since the cooking time will be less (30 min approx). Otherwise, if you use a conventional pan it will take 45 minutes.
  3. Then, while the black beans soften, prepare a sauce. To do this, we must peel the garlic and mix it with salt and ground black pepper. Then, cut the onion very small and 1/2 pepper.
  4. Do not forget to heat 80 ml of olive oil in a pan. When the pan is hot, we add the garlic “crushed” with salt and pepper, and then the onion and pepper until poached.
  5. Then, after 45 minutes of cooking the black beans, add the sauce. After this time, we incorporated vinegar, wine, paprika and sugar and left for the last 15 minutes in the fire.
  6. Finally, we add the remaining olive oil (about 20 ml) mix and rectify salt.

We hope the article “Black beans, a typical Cuban recipe” has been useful and interesting for you. We encourage you to cook this recipe or if you prefer you can visit beautiful Cuba to taste it.

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