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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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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Cuba is becoming a popular tourist country for people with disabilities

Cuba is becoming a popular tourist country for people with disabilities

Cuba focuses on increasing its tourism

We inform you that the FITCuba International Tourism Fair 2019 was the perfect site to promote tourism for people with disabilities. It is a fact that Cuba is becoming a popular tourist country for people with disabilities.

FITCuba International Tourism Fair 2019

The Spanish Network of Accessible Tourism and the Ibero-American Network of Accessible Tourism confirmed the effectiveness of this event and they totally support it.

Diego González Velazco, the president of the mentioned organizations, explained that they work with the Travel Agency Skedio and the Travel Agency Ecotur to sensitize people to current needs. They work to raise awareness about the importance of this modality and make see that this type of tourism goes beyond having accessible hotels.

In addition, Diego said: “Accessible tourism is a market with tremendous potential because not only we are referring to people with disabilities, it is not only this way, but we must also talk about elderly people with mobility problems, people with an organic disability who need dialysis, etc. In summary, people who have some special needs in terms of their physical or intellectual conditions“.

Also, he affirms that his objective is the right to tourism, whether or not you have a disability. He says that we should always try to meet the needs of the client.

However, Diego highlighted good practices already implemented in Cuba. For example, we can find information panels with Braille translation installed in the Plaza de Armas. People with visual disability can learn about the history of the place.

In conclusion, Cuba is becoming a popular tourist country for people with disabilities. For this reason, they are doing a great effort to adapt the tourist areas. They want to achieve that people with disabilities have the same possibilities as other tourists.

We will inform you about the changes and improvements in the future.

Do not forget to apply for a Cuban visa if you visit the country. It is mandatory if you want to enter without any problem.

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8 curious and interesting facts about Varadero

8 curious and interesting facts about Varadero

Varadero, a natural paradise

We want to inform you that TripAdvisor published the list of the 25 best beaches in 2019, in which Varadero was in second place. It is necessary to mention that in the first place is Bahia do Sancho, located in Brazil. For this reason, we are going to list you 8 curious and interesting facts about Varadero.

The 8 curious facts

  1. First of all, Varadero has one of the oldest trees in the Caribbean nation. The locals call him “El Patriarca”. It is a cactus of approximately 500 years and almost 7 meters high. It is located in the Reserva Ecológica Varahicacos.
  2. Ten families founded the beach in 1883 and then they settled there. Certainly, many people had tried before, but mosquitoes and storms forced them to leave the place.
  3. In the early days, the square meter was bought at 0.04 cents. The famous businessman Alfred Irenee Dupont bought 512 hectares. Anyway, he resold it at prices ranging between 20 and 100 pesos per square meter.
  4. There were aborigines during the pre-Columbian period and when the Spanish conquerors arrived in 1492. Archaeologists have found 72 pictographs in Ambrosio Cave and in Muslims Cave.
  5. Also, the Xanadú Mansion or Dupont House is considered one of the most luxurious mansions built in Varadero. Alfred Irenee Dupont commissioned the design to Cuban architects Felix Cavarrocas and Evelio Govantes.
  6. Another fact is that there’s a love story behind the name of Josone Park. The former owners of this residence, José Fermín Iturrioz, director of Arrechabala and his wife Onelia joined the first three letters of both names, and Josone resulted.
  7. Varadero is the closest point on the island to the United States. From the tip of Hicacos are counted the exact 90 miles separating Cuba from Florida.
  8. Finally, in 1980 a strong tornado completely changed the image of Varadero. The casuarinas that bordered almost the entire beach and the southern coast disappeared. From that moment, they want to repopulate the entire area with coconut palms and other species more resistant.

In conclusion, we hope that these 8 curious and interesting facts about Varadero have been a discovery for you.

If you travel to Cuba try to visit Varadero and its rich nature. We advise you that if you decide to travel to this country, you will need to apply for a Cuban visa.

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Tips for traveling to Cuba

Tips for traveling to Cuba

The essential to travel to Cuba

It is a fact that people when decide to travel to Cuba, have many doubts and questions since they want a perfect trip. First of all, in this article, you can find some tips for traveling to Cuba with complete peace of mind.

1. Visa

Firstly, if you want to travel to Cuba, you will need a visa. You must apply previously online by filling out the Cuba visa form or request it in your closest embassy.

2. Clothes

We advise you to avoid clothes with dark and yellow colors since they attract mosquitoes. Try to use cotton or linen clothes.

3. Currency

We inform you that Cuba has two official currencies, the CUC and the CUP.

Firstly, the CUC is the Cuban convertible peso. It is the currency that you find in the automatic teller machines and the exchange houses.

On the other hand, the CUP is the Cuban peso. It is the national currency that Cubans use regularly.

Surely you will pay in CUC, but, if possible, try to pay in CUP due to are much cheaper.

4. Best time to travel to Cuba

The best time is from December to April. Also, regarding the number of days when you travel to Cuba, you should stay at least 15 days, so that you can see many things and enjoy the beauty of this country.

5. Umbrellas

We recommend you bring an umbrella during your trip. It is common in Cuba to see many people with umbrellas in the street on sunny days due to the great heat.

6. Credit Card

We advise you to always carry cash, as there are many restaurants or shops that do not accept credit card payments.

7. Plugs

We recommend you to carry a universal adapter in your suitcase, since the current in Cuba is like the US current, with two pins and 110V/60Hz current.

8. Eating in Cuba

There are several restaurants, but the most typical places are palates.

9. Medical Insurance

In order to enter Cuba, there is mandatory medical insurance. You can request the service from your country of residence.

10. Internet

Certainly, in this country, you are not going to have high-speed internet. There is no free internet, and very few sites have public WIFI. We advise you to always connect from the hotel.

We hope you finally decide to visit Cuba and do not forget these tips for traveling calm and safe.

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