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Cuba - Day 2 - Havana & Viñales
Started the day with a bike ride around Havana.
Our first stop was Revolution Square (known as Civic Square before Castro took power in 1959). All of the most important political events and rallies - including the longest political speech ever given - take place here. The Square is surrounded by the José Martí Memorial, begins which sits the Communist Party building. Across the square are the Ministries of the Interior and Communications that feature memorials to Che Guevara, with the quotation "Hasta la Victoria Siempre" (Until the Everlasting Victory, Always) and Camilo Cienfuegos (sometimes mistaken for Fidel Castro) with the quotation "Vas bien, Fidel" (You're doing fine, Fidel) - two most important men of the Cuban Revolution.
Other stops along the route included the Almendalas River - the largest in Havana - and park - popular with those who practice Santeria to give offerings. A statue of John Lennon erected in 2003 after the ban on English music was lifted. And after passing the Hotel Nacional on a short ride down the Malecon along the ocean, Central Havana where we stopped for a drink inside of the Opera house that sits opposite Havana’s Central Park.
We then drove a few hours outside of the city to the western province Pinar Del Rio Province to the small town of Viñales, where we ate and incredibly delicious family-style dinner cooked by a local family and served on their rooftop. 🇨🇺 canihavanamore havana cuba chasingcastro picsworthsharing adventuresworthsharing adventuretravel flashpack flashpack wanderlust instatravel solotravel sodamnlucky yolo youonlyYOLOonce