Cienfuegos Cuba

Enjoy a travel adventure in and around the "Pearl of the South" -- from historic architecture at this UNESCO World Heritage city to excursions into nature where we'll see Cuba's flora and fauna and more.
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The Valley de los Ingenios watchtower, and a slave quarters

The Valley de los Ingenios watchtower, and a slave quarters in Cuba

The bell from the Valley de los Ingenios tower

The bell from the Valley de los Ingenios tower

"Taxi Stand" As the lead wagon fills and moves on, the horses behind all step forward (even as the drivers chat in the shade of doorways). The horses know their job! (Photo by Kathryn MacDonald©)

"Taxi Stand" As the lead wagon fills and moves on, the horses behind all step forward (even as the drivers chat in the shade of doorways). (Photo by Kathryn MacDonald©)

"Taxi Stand" As the lead wagon fills and moves on, the horses behind all step forward (even as the drivers chat in the shade of doorways). The horses know their job! (Photo by Kathryn MacDonald©)

"Taxi Stand" As the lead wagon fills and moves on, the horses behind all step forward (even as the drivers chat in the shade of doorways). (Photo by Kathryn MacDonald©)

The view from the Valley de los Ingenios sugar mill watchtower

The view from the Valley de los Ingenios sugar mill watchtower

Teatro Tomas Terry, across from Parque Marti, is situated in the centre of Cienfuegos. Among the famous people who performed here are Caruso, Sarah Bernhardt, and dancer Anna Pavlova. The theatre is an example of neoclassical architecture and has been beautifully maintained. Photo by Kathryn MacDonald©

Teatro Tomas Terry, across from Parque Marti, is situated in the centre of Cienfuegos. Among the famous people who performed here are Caruso, Sarah Bernhardt, and dancer Anna Pavlova. The theatre is an example of neoclassical architecture and has been beautifully maintained. Photo by Kathryn MacDonald©

One of many statues rising above the tombs at Cementerio General La Reina, a national monument in Cienfuegos. The neo-Classical style cemetery dates from the 1830s and contains the graves of soldiers from the independence wars. (Photo by Kathryn MacDonald)

One of many statues rising above the tombs at Cementerio General La Reina, a national monument in Cienfuegos. The neo-Classical style cemetery dates from the and contains the graves of soldiers from the independence wars. (Photo by Kathryn MacDonald)

Every late afternoon, music drifts from the yacht club at Marina Jagua, along with laughter from the swimming pool. It is an exquisite fairytale building, almost a dream. (Photo by Kathryn MacDonald)

Every late afternoon, music drifts from the yacht club at Marina Jagua, along with laughter from the swimming pool. It is an exquisite fairytale building, almost a dream. (Photo by Kathryn MacDonald)

We sailed past Castillo de Jagua, which overlooks the mouth of the Bahia de Jagua (also called Bay of Cienfuegos). The 22km-long passage terminates at the marina, malecon, and the city. The limestone fortress was built as a defense against pirates by King Philip V of Spain in 1742 and is now open to visitors. A Blue Lady is said to haunt the passage from the chapel to the high walls. However, I did not see her. (Photo by Kathryn MacDonald; http://www.travelnotebook.ca/home.html)

We sailed past Castillo de Jagua, which overlooks the mouth of the Bahia de Jagua (also called Bay of Cienfuegos). The 22km-long passage terminates at the marina, malecon, and the city. The limestone fortress was built as a defense against pirates by King Philip V of Spain in 1742 and is now open to visitors. A Blue Lady is said to haunt the passage from the chapel to the high walls. However, I did not see her. (Photo by Kathryn MacDonald; http://www.travelnotebook.ca/home.html)

Parque Marti sits at the centre of the UNESCO world heritage site of Cienfuegos where my partner and I are facilitating writing-photo workshops Jan 23 to Feb 1, 2015. Check out our website. Photo by Kathryn MacDonald©

Parque Marti sits at the centre of the UNESCO world heritage site of Cienfuegos where my partner and I are facilitating writing-photo workshops Jan 23 to Feb Check out our website. Photo by Kathryn MacDonald©

Looking across Parque Marti in the city's centre. Photo by Kathryn MacDonald©

Looking across Parque Marti in the city's centre. Photo by Kathryn MacDonald©

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