Trip to Cuba: Lodging – Day 3

When I left the story of the details of Cuban lodging Charlie and I were on our way to Viñales in a taxi collectivo.

The scenery from the taxi on the way to Viñales.

We road for 111 miles stuffed into a pink 2-door station wagon with 7 other people.

The signs in Viñales are plentiful but plainly designate the various casas. The symbol above the word CASA indicates approved housing for rent.

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.

The beds were decorated with flowers.

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.

We purchased hats for our trail ride and hung them on the mirror back at the casa.

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.

This was our door-to-door taxi in Viñales.

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 beginning of breakfast at Casa Omar y Mayra.

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.

There are so many casa particulares in Viñales that you can literally show up in town and knock on a door with a sign that shows the blue tourist housing symbol.

I had arranged for our living accommodations through AirBnB months before.  We stayed for 1 night at the rate of $28.13.

We rode in the front of this 1952 4-door Ford station wagon.

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.


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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