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review 14 Aug 2022

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Watching a Cuban farmer roll a cigar for us to try. Snorkelling in the bay of pigs. Driving in 1950s American cars around Havana. Swimming at the waterfall. Chilling on the beach.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Take Euros. The monetary system is bonkers and youíll be entertained and frustrated in equal measure as some places will only accept pesos; some only cards; others any currency except pesos (and the rules will change randomly and without logic too). The best way to change money (as of Aug 2022) is to pay in large denomination euro notes at a restaurant and they will give you many thousands of pesos in change - 4-5 times more than youíll get from a cash machine or hotel exchange, though that is supposedly changing. However, you need to balance the requirement for some pesos with the fact that increasingly people only want you to pay in euros... Despite what some websites say, cards are increasingly accepted and sometimes required, but youíll get the govt exchange rate, which tends to make everything hugely expensive. Try all the cocktails; they are cheap and good. If you have under 18s, be aware that they can drink in many places too - they have a very relaxed approach to age restrictions in most places. Be aware that food is generally bland and, despite what the menus say, usually consists mainly of rice (with black beans, which is really nice), plus either pork or chicken and either arrowroot (boiled it is unpleasant, mashed with cheese, it is really quite nice) or plantain (fried slices are nice). Itís tough on vegetarians in Cuba! The big hotels have a much better selection though. Also be aware there is a huge fuel/energy crisis in Cuba currently. Expect power cuts at any point. In some hotels that have pumped water, power cuts = no water either. The air conditioning wonít be on all night unless youíre v lucky. The fuel crisis also means that transport is problematic. In rural areas, horses and oxen replace cars and tractors and there are often queues at fuel stations. It also means that supply chains are erratic and places can run out of food, alcohol and even bottled water and cocktails on occasions, so be prepared! Finally, take mossie repellant, pref with a high percentage of DEET; there are lots of mossies both daytime (some of which carry dengue fever) and nighttime so be prepared if you have sweet blood...or ensure you have a sacrificial partner with you! Relax and enjoy it....itís a great place!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The locals are desperate for tourists post covid and as most of our trip involved staying at and eating at local places, and using local guides, Iím confident we were helping the locals.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Itís such a good experience; so different to anywhere else Iíve been, mainly due to the weird monetary system, but we also learned a lot about Cuban history and saw loads of the island, itís flora and fauna....Iíd thoroughly recommend it.

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