Havana’s buildings crumble under the weight of 500 years of history. Its cobble-stone streets have withstood the boots of imperial soldiers, vagrant pirates, gold-laden merchants, gangsters, militant police, and guerilla revolutionaries.
Cuba has been on my bucket-list for years, so I naturally craved an unforgettable experience once I finally arrived. I wanted to see the vintage cars and salsa dance in the streets, but I also wanted to immerse myself in authentic experiences that would reveal cultural aspects which are typically missed on the tourist trail. I wanted to leave Cuba with a deeper understanding of the history, culture, food, and art.
Growing tobacco is an art that requires a delicate touch, attentive care and persistence. In Cuba, growers take their craft very seriously and treat the process with utmost respect. The island offers cigar aficionados and novices alike the unique opportunity to intimately witness the creation of this national treasure.
The last bastion of undeveloped Caribbean beauty is a sanctuary for many species that have disappeared from all other places on earth. Aptly nicknamed “The Pearl of the Antilles,” Cuba boasts the largest expanse of unharmed reefs, swamplands, and rainforest, as well as the greatest diversity of plants, birds, and marine species, in all of the Caribbean.