When I left the story of the details of Cuban lodging Charlie and I were on our way to Viñales in a taxi collectivo.
We road for 111 miles stuffed into a pink 2-door station wagon with 7 other people.
We were dropped off around noon at the door of our new casa particulare, Casa Omar y Mayra, and greeted by Omar, Mayra, and their daughter Laura. Omar and Mayra didn’t speak much English but Laura was helpful translating for her parents.
They served us some fresh mango juice and showed us to our room with en suite bathroom. Our room had a small fridge with drinks and an air-conditioner.
Mayra had arranged for us to take a horseback ride at 2 p.m. through the tobacco, sugar cane, and coffee fields for the next few hours.
A horse drawn “taxi” came to pick us up and deliver us to the stables. We walked through town after our ride and back to our casa.
The next morning for 5CUC ($5) each were were served an enormous breakfast which included sandwiches for later in the day when we would return to Havana.
I had arranged for our living accommodations through AirBnB months before. We stayed for 1 night at the rate of $28.13.
As before our host arranged for a taxi collectivo to take us back to Havana for 20 CUC each which we paid when delivered to our address.
To be continued . . .
Do you like old cars? Remember — no air conditioning, no seat belts.