View of Vinales Valley
The view of beautiful Vinales Valley from our hotel room.
Vinales is known as the best Tobacco growing region in the world!
Ox and chickens
The Chickens follow along the ox plow to eat all of the upturned bugs!
The art of the Cuban cigar. Step 1: Plow the fields.
Step 2: Plant the seeds.
Step 3: Grow the seedlings in raised beds.
Step 4: Transplant the seedlings to the fields.
Step 5: Harvest the leaves.
Step 6: Dry the leaves.
Step 7: Roll ’em up!
Step 8: Smoke ’em! The tobacco is touched 300 times to become a Cuban cigar!
Republica de Chile
Sporting a Point Reyes cap we brought! We also brought 12 pairs of rubber boots for the farmers.
Fernando and friend
These two have transformed a rocky, unused piece of land into one of the most beautiful and productive farms I have ever seen!
The stunning terraces of Finca Marta.
The farmers are very resourceful and re-use everything!
Beautiful seedlings, ready for the fields.
Shade cloths provide relief from the intense tropical sun.
Fernando showing us a hive of native honey bees.
The native honey bees create volcano-shaped mounds of honey. We were sampling it by dipping sticks.
Their bee hives are robust! They have 40 hives at Finca Marta that produce over 2 tons of honey a year.
The bee hives are thriving in Cuba because they don’t use herbicides, pesticides and monoculture.
The welcoming entrance to Finca Paraiso.
View of Vinales
After a hike through the valley, we climbed up a lookout tower and drank coconuts!
Crazy for coconuts
My favorite drink of all time…
Farm to Table dining with a view!
Pork prepared with love. Farm to Table at its finest!
Plate of goodness
Cubans love their rice, beans and pork!
We got our fill of vitamin R every day. Usually in the form of a Mojito!
The healing waters of Soroa.
Cuban love music and dance! They are some of the most talented musicians in the world.
The historic Preservation Hall Jazz Band performance at the Havana Jazz Festival!
Beautiful classic cars everywhere!
Che Guevara is a hero and his face is everywhere – even on headlights!
The patina of Old Havana.
There are now many private paladars where you can enjoy a meal and music.
It’s all about that bass
Only in Havana!
Havana is filled with fascinating architecture.
Cruising the Malecon
Cruising the Malecon at sunset.
All smiles as we take in Havana.
The beautiful beaches just outside of Havana.
The luscious colors of Cuba!
Oh, the water!
The most spectacular water I have ever seen!
Thank you, Cuba! I’m looking forward to our next visit!