Mini Guide to Cuba


Located in the Pinar del Río province, Viñales is a mountainous national park with plenty of caves to be explored. It was Fidel Castro’s favorite region of Cuba and, rumor has it, the farmers produce the best tobacco in the world.

There’s a lot to do in Viñales such as hiking, rock climbing, and cigar factory tours. However, the highlights are the caves, with special attention to Gran Caverna de Santo Tomás, which has 45 kilometers of galleries on eight levels.

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Parque Nacional Ciénaga de Zapata

Ciénaga de Zapata is another national park just two hours south of Havana in the Matanzas province. The landscape is somewhat similar to the Everglades National Park in Florida, with swaps and beautiful beaches.

It’s considered one of the best places in the world for birdwatching as visitors can spot Cuban Pygmy Owls, Grey-fronted Quail-Dove, and Tocororo, the country’s national bird. It’s also possible to go scuba diving in the freshwater cenote nearby.

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Safety and Health

Cuba is generally an extremely safe country. Violent robberies and gun crimes are virtually non-existent, so visitors are more likely to fall victim to the well-established scams. With common sense and a little research, travelers will enjoy a smooth ride.

Tap water is not drinkable in Cuba, so it might be a good idea to stay away from homemade juices. It’s important to take repellent as Dengue Fever and Chikungunya are a real threat and should be taken into consideration, especially by pregnant visitors.

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The World in Chili

Chili is one of those comforting fall dishes that just hits the spot on a cool, crisp day. A good bowl of chili is warm, spiced just right, and features enough protein to keep you full for ages. We can all agree on the merits of a bowl of chili, but for a lot of people, that’s where most agreements stop. There are so many different kinds of chili that are popular around the world — most centered in the United States, which has definitely become the world’s capital of chili.

The Best Comforting Drinks for Fall from Around the World

As the weather starts getting colder, we start looking for comforting drinks that will help keep us warm.  Some of the most popular options in America are also the easiest to find — there are more than 13,000 Starbucks locations in the United States alone, and they have a huge percentage of the market cornered already — people love their pumpkin spice lattes! However, there are a lot of downsides to visiting a café every day, especially if your go-to order is a sweetened latte or Frappuccino. It’s easy to make delicious warm drinks at home, which allows you to flavor them to your taste, saving both money and calories

Don’t Fall for These 10 Scary Traveler Scams

Hopping aboard a transcontinental flight on route to a new, ready-to-explore destination is a rush. Traveling teaches us about the world, sure. But, more than that, it teaches us about ourselves. You also probably already know that, unlike your comfort zone, traveling presents a lot of inherent risks. It’s a sad reality, but it’s a reality that rings true. You, as a tourist, are a two-bit criminal’s dream target. After all, you have absolutely no idea where you are, no idea where to go for help, and no clue what the scammers have in store.