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Havana’s Botanical Garden: A green haven
by LaHabana.com

A visitor to Havana soon discovers that the city is fun-loving and lively. However, not everyone is aware of the fact that a few kilometers from the city center there are “dead spots” where one can relax from car, bus and truck horns that seem to gooff for any reason; the endless chatter; and the [read full story]

Seven Tips to Climb Cuba’s Highest Mountain
by LaHabana.com

One of the favorite vacation adventures that Cubans enjoy most is climbing the Pico Turquino`s summit, in the east of the country. Almost all of them have done this or at least they have tried to do it. That is the point with the highest altitude in Cuba, at 1974 meters above sea level. For [read full story]

Not Just Beaches
by Victoria Alcalá

There is a quote by Cuban writer Virgilio Piñera that we have heard time and time again in reference to the most unsuspected angles of political and social life on the Island: “That damned circumstance of having water everywhere.” I suppose that some of the leading lights in our tourist industry would gladly change [read full story]

Castillo en las Nubes Hotel
by LaHabana.com

Some of the most amazing views of Cuba are from the portals, terrace and the backyard of the Castillo de las Nubes Hotel-Boutique, located in Soroa. Once you are there at more than 200 meters above sea level, the world undergoes temporal and spatial transformations. In this place, time has its own dynamics. As you enjoy [read full story]

Cuban Humidors: Art And Fantasy
by Ricardo Alberto Pérez

Humidors provide the ideal conditions for cigars to preserve their appearance, aroma and texture, right up to the moment they are smoked. In particular, they regulate humidity and temperature and so prevent their disintegration or becoming dried out. They come in different sizes and forms, generally adapting to the number and size of the cigars [read full story]

The Silence Of Tobacco
by Giovanni Fernández Valdés

My grandfather, who smoked cigars since he was 15 years old, always told me that the practice was a solitary act, one that involved great pleasure, and it provided a chance to find yourself. I always thought that it also had a certain dose of melancholy. From the moment I arrived at the Quemado del Rubí [read full story]

Valentine’s Day – Love Is In The Air
by LaHabana.com

Given the sexually charged erotic atmosphere of Cuba on an average day, perhaps Valentine’s Day is unnecessary, an excessive indulgence in a country which needs little excuse for romantic courtship at any time of day. Nonetheless, February 14 has assumed increasing prominence over the years and is the day when lovers need to be packed [read full story]

Cuban Cigars – The Reality Behind The Legend
by Ricardo Alberto Pérez

For the generations of young Havana students who would spend 45 days every year working in the San Juan y Martínez, San Luis or Sandino tobacco plantations in Pinar del Río, the art of growing tobacco leaves is not just a legend, it is a reality. Ours was a handson experience, which has remained [read full story]

10 Famous Cubans
by lahabana.com

Known as the Grand Dame of Cuba, Alicia Alonso was voted one of the most beautiful women in the world by Harpers and Queen Magazine in the 1950s. At 16, she got married and moved to New York, but determined to promote ballet in Cuba, she set up the Alicia Alonso Ballet Company in 1948. But by [read full story]

The new Cuba mix
by Jauretzy

For this music issue, we thought we would put together a series of tracks that reflects Cuba in 2016 and all the key players and sentiments that have played a role in making this a historical year. This is what we call The New Cuba Mix—looking forward to all the infinite possibilities of tomorrow, yet [read full story]