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Situated on the largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba - located to the south of Florida, east of Mexico and north of Colombia and Venezuela - is a country known for its rich cultural and histo-rical heritage, visible in both its landscape and people. Once a Spanish colony, Cuba gained inde-pendence in 1902 but subsequently existed as something of a satellite state to the United States of America (USA). This continued until the Cuban Revolution in the 1950s, which led to the American embargo and Cuba’s development of ties with the Soviet Union. Though its ties with the USA have been strained since then, moves have since been made to re-establish the diploma-tic relations between the 2 countries (as of March 2015).

Due to its turbulent past, Cuba’s economic progress has been stalled; however, the country’s of-ferings in terms of culture and history are immense. Old colonial architecture can still be observed in the city, along with lovingly preserved forts and palaces. Cubans burst into song and dance on the streets around every corner - watch the centuries-old rhythmic Afro-Cuban Rumba performed in true street fashion, danced to the hypnotic beats of the bongo drums and congas. Carrying African, Caribbean and European influences, Cuba is truly a melting pot of cultures and a diffe-rent world unto itself.

Getting around

Buses are the most common form of transportation in Cuba, be it for travelling within a city or between provinces. However, tourists may find it difficult to use public buses for short-distance travel as information is scarce and mostly in Spanish. As such, taxis are recommended to those travelling only within one city.

What to see and do

If you’re in Cuba, don’t miss a look at the Malecón, a waterfront promenade that stretches along the coast of capital and largest city Havana, on the side facing the Bay of Havana (or Bahia de la Habana). 8 kilometres in length, the Malecón was originally built as a seawall to protect the city from the waters of the Bay, but ended up being so scenic that it became a popular spot for a sea drive or romantic stroll. Take a walk along the Malecón at sunset for some truly breathtaking views and to mingle with the local Cubans gathering, dating, chit-chatting, or fishing at their fa-vourite hangout spot.

Another absolute must-see in Cuba is the country’s amazing Parque Nacional de Alejandro Hum-boldt (AHNP), one of the most biodiverse tropical regions in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Considered one of the most important protected areas in the Western Hemisphere and the best-preserved remnant of forested mountain ecosystem in the Caribbean, the AHNP’s unique geology has caused it become a trigger point in evolution, mostly due to the presence of toxic underlying rocks in the park. This unique obstacle drove the process of natural selection, causing flora and fauna to have to adapt and eventually resulting in the AHNP being home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna that exist nowhere else on Earth.

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