Las Tunas in Cuba

4 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

© Christian Pirkl/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Christian Pirkl/cc-by-sa-4.0

Las Tunas is a city and municipality in central-eastern Cuba. It is the capital of the Las Tunas Province and was named Victoria de Las Tunas from 1869 to 1976. In 2022, the municipality of Las Tunas had a population of 214,939. With a total area of 891 km² (344 sq mi), it has a population density of 240/km² (620/sq mi). The city of Las Tunas is located in along the Carretera Central (highway), between the cities of Camagüey, Holguín and Bayamo.   read more…

Santa Clara in Cuba

16 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

Monumento Memorial Che Guevara © Man-ucommons/cc-by-sa-3.0

Monumento Memorial Che Guevara © Man-ucommons/cc-by-sa-3.0

Santa Clara is the capital city of the Cuban province of Villa Clara. It is centrally located in the province and Cuba. Santa Clara is the fifth-most populous Cuban city, with a population of nearly 245,959.   read more…

Bayamo on Cuba

1 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  4 minutes

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© Hyppolyte de Saint-Rambert/cc-by-sa-4.0

Bayamo is the capital city of the Granma Province of Cuba and one of the largest cities in the Oriente region. The community of Bayamo lies on a plain by the Bayamo River. It is affected by the violent Bayamo wind. One of the most important education institutions in the province is the University of Granma.   read more…

Guantánamo in Cuba

12 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

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© SEJF1702/cc-by-sa-4.0

Guantánamo is a municipality and city in southeast Cuba and capital of Guantánamo Province. Guantánamo is served by the Caimanera port near the site of a U.S. naval base. The area produces sugarcane and cotton wool. These are traditional parts of the economy. The city was founded in 1797 in the area of a farm named Santa Catalina. The toponym “Guantánamo” means, in Taíno language, “land between the rivers”.   read more…

Palma Soriano in Cuba

12 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  3 minutes

Municipal party headquarters © Ambm1969/cc-by-sa-4.0

Municipal party headquarters © Ambm1969/cc-by-sa-4.0

Palma Soriano is a Cuban city and municipality in the Santiago de Cuba Province. With a population of 125,385 in the city proper, it is the second-largest in the province and the 16th-largest in Cuba.   read more…

Pinar del Río in Cuba

2 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

Teatro Milanés © Mmoyaq/cc-by-sa-3.0

Teatro Milanés © Mmoyaq/cc-by-sa-3.0

Pinar del Río is the capital city of Pinar del Río Province, Cuba. With a population of 191,081 (2022), it is the 10th-largest city in Cuba. Inhabitants of the area are called Pinareños. The city is located in a major tobacco-growing area and is a centre of the cigar industry. The main farming animal in this province is the carabao.   read more…

Theme Week Caribbean

23 January 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon voyage, Theme Weeks Reading Time:  9 minutes

Parliament building in Nassau, Bahamas © Crm18

Parliament building in Nassau, Bahamas © Crm18

The Caribbean is a region of the Americas that consists of the Caribbean Sea, its islands (some surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and some bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean) and the surrounding coasts. The region is southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and the North American mainland, east of Central America, and north of South America.   read more…

Viñales Valley in Cuba

9 September 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  6 minutes

© Kirua

© Kirua

Viñales Valley (Valle de Viñales) is a karstic depression in Cuba. The valley has an area of 132 km² (51 sq mi) and is located in the Sierra de los Órganos mountains (part of Guaniguanico range), just north of Viñales in the Pinar del Río Province.   read more…

Mariel in Cuba

8 July 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  9 minutes

Mariel and Mariel Bay © Alabrada

Mariel and Mariel Bay © Alabrada

Mariel is a municipality and town in the Artemisa Province of Cuba. It is located approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) west of the city of Havana. The town is situated on the south-east side of the Mariel Bay. The villages of La Boca, Henequen, Mojica, Quiebra Hacha, and Cabañas are the major settlements composing the municipality of Mariel. On the east side of the bay are a port, cement works and a power station, which contribute to very high levels of environmental contamination. On the west side of the bay is a former submarine base, later designated as a free trade zone. The municipality of Mariel has a population of 43,000.   read more…

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