Cienfuegos, Cuba

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Cienfuegos

Later in the evening we arrived in Cienfuegos. It was still raining, the only raining day we would have during this holiday. And the only day we would be in the bus for the entire day (except for the little visit in Playa Girón), so we could not complain. When we arrived we first visited the heart of the city before going to our hotel. Cienfuegos means "hundred fires" and is a city on the southern coast of Cuba, capital of the province with the same name. It is located about 250 km from Havana (but more from Vinales, our bus trip was longer), and has a population of 150,000. The city is also called 'The Pearl of the South'.

Cienfuegos, one of the chief seaports of Cuba, is a center of the sugar trade, coffee and tobacco.

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While the sugar is the chief crop, local farmers also grow coffee. The downtown contains old colonial buildings from 1819-1900, and buildings from the 20th century. There is no other place in the Caribbean which contains such a remarkable cluster of classical structures. We were able to take some pictures from this buildings in the city, alltough the darkness was coming when we arrived.

Later that night a few dined at the Palacio de Valle which was across our (wonderfull, the best hotel we had in our vacation) hotel. But our guide pointed out that there was room to eat by locals, what I did. The fish what the local Cuban people can make for you are absolutely the best. Only rule: it cannot be done commercially, so only small groups are allowed. The next day we would visit the dolphins near Cienfuegos, something I was looked forward for years. So after some Cuba libres it was time to go my room!

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photo by: lizzy1987