"Cuba is a fusion". With this metaphor, the renowned anthropologist Fernando Ortiz defined the gestation process of Cuban identity and culture. This intellectual, one of the first to defend the idea of the blacks’ contribution in the conformation of Cubanness, identified three manifestations in which African cultural influence was much more visible: art, religion and collective emotion.
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Almost four years after the historic 17D, Cuba remains a fashionable destination. The new freeze in relations promoted by the Trump Administration may have placed new obstacles for the Americans’ trips; but the interest to visit the Caribbean archipelago continues to grow. In addition, several of the big companies in the tourism industry have decided to invest more millions of dollars in building new hotels or restoring existing ones located in attractive places in the country.
Hamel Alley (El Callejón de Hamel) is one of the most peculiar spots in Havana. To drop in there, it is best to go on Sundays, when it really takes a true shape, because the neighbors, dressed like old gods of the Yoruba pantheon, the Orishas, get out to welcome visitors and also you can listen to the strong drums stokes.
If you are in search of sunshine on the sands for your next Colombia visit, the following 5 beach destinations boast some of the most picturesque playas in the world.
Quintana Roo has many places of touristic interest such as Cancun, the “Riviera Maya” and many archeological zones like Tulum, that when put together become the most important touristic destination in Mexico. Because of this, we shouldn’t be surprised by the fact that the most important touristic theme parks of the country are here.
PanamericanWorld will show you 5 touristic theme parks that you have to visit if you are ever in Mexico.
Once sleepy and conservative, Chile’s capital and largest city is now one of the world’s most up-and-coming destinations. The change has come to Santiago in recent years as better freeways have made transportation throughout the country easier, allowing new infusions of art, culture and food to permeate the capital.
“Santiago used to be boring,” said Nicholas Sahli, a managing partner at Singular Hotels and a native of Santiago. “But today, you see a great mix of colours, tastes and spirits.”
Mindo offers environmentally conscious travelers the best of two biodiversified ecosystems: the tropical Andes and the Chocoan lowlands. Here, visitors will see cloud forests, farmlands, three major rivers and hundreds of streams. One of Ecuador’s most popular tourist destinations, Mindo provides a wide variety of outdoor activities ranging from rafting and bird-watching to mountain biking, horseback riding and hiking.
What makes for a good retirement destination? For those on a budget (and those who aren’t) a place with a lower cost of living is key. But it’s not only about the money. You want to be comfortable and feel safe. Modern services like high-speed internet, top-notch medical care, and good value real estate are also important. And if you’re from a northern climate, the benefit of warm weather year-round (no more coats, no more snow tires) might be the biggest motivator.
Seven years after its entry into Cuba, the Canadian hotel chain Blue Diamond Resorts is consolidated as one of the three most important international chains in the Caribbean country’s tourist market, along with the Spanish Meliá and Iberostar.
Currently, Blue Diamond Resorts, which is the hotel division of Sunwing Travel Group and has more than 35 properties and 13 500 rooms in six countries, manages 17 facilities in Cuba and has a presence in the main tourist areas, such as Havana, Varadero, Cayo Santa María, Cayo Coco and Holguín.