It has become a symbol of the birth of the Villa of San Cristóbal de la Habana. It is said that in this place, located in the present day Plaza de Armas, on November 16th of 1519, the colonists and neighbours met to celebrate the first mass, and at the same time, the first meeting of the Chapter House, with the aim of definitely establishing a city blessed with the salt and water of the bay, under the protection of the noble shadow of a Ceiba tree.
This Ceiba tree is the basis of an undying tradition, on each anniversary of the Villa’s founding, people walk around the tree and make a wish. It was exactly in 1828 that the Templete was built, according to a project of Cuban architect Antonio María de la Torre. The spot is a necessary visiting place, especially for those that like to immerse themselves in the roots of the city and its history.
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Old Havana or Habana Vieja is the Old quarter of Havana, founded by the Spanish in 1519 and constructed around the natural harbor of the Bay of Havana. A major mooring point for the treasure laden Spanish Galleons that crisscrossed the Atlantic Ocean between the New World and the Old World. In the 17th century it was one of the main shipbuilding centers of the new world hosting a massive shipyard to both build new and repair old vessels from [...]
Havana Cell Phone Cubacel | Mobile Phone use in Havana Cuba Havana Cuba Mobile phone network coverage is much better than it was several years ago. However, some areas of Havana may offer limited coverage but overall it's good. Unless you use a US mobile operator it's more than likely that you will be able to use roaming in Havana but this can be expensive. Staying connected in Cuba at a better rate will mean obtaining a Cuba SIM Card throughout your stay. Using cell phones in Cuba and Havana is [...]
Cayo Levisa is a tiny island just 3km from the coast of Pinar del Rio and, easily accessible from hotels in Pinar del Rio Center and Vinales Valley. Trips to the island are offered at all hotel reception desks, however, if you are looking to spend the night, booking the hotel in advance is just as there are only 53 rooms. If your Rent a car in Pinar del Rio, driving from any hotel in the area is almost a [...]
Located in a former prison and on this site since 1961 the Francisco Donatien Cigar Factory is an ideal daytrip to spend a couple of hours watching people busily roll some of Pinar Del Rios finest cigars. Neatly seated side by side at special wooden benches, the cigar makers carry out their work with dexterity and amazing speed, producing vast numbers of cigars of identical weight and length in the time it takes to bat an eyelid. Similar but much [...]
Vinales Valley is an official national park and by far the most visited location in Pinar del Rio offering an outstanding karst landscape in which farmers still use traditional methods of agriculture and tobacco farming. The Vinales region also maintains a rich vernacular tradition in its architecture, art crafts and Cuban country music. The numerous caves, one of which is called the Cueva del Indio ir Indian Cave are scattered on the slopes of the hills that envelope the Vinales [...]