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Cuba - Recommendations For Interesting Activities?

Tue Aug 21, 2012 11:05 am

Dear all,

I am looking at a trip to Cuba in approx. 2 months and I’d like to gather some ideas from the travel-experienced in here for interesting aviation and non-aviation related stuff.

Despite the still interesting CU fleet comprising Il-96s, Tu-204s, and An-24s, I have heard of the following services:
• Aerogaviota An-26
• Aerogaviota Mil Mi-8

Does anyone know how and where to book these services? Also, to my knowledge Aero Caribbean does not operate its Yak-40s any more?

In terms of non-aviation, I’d be interested to take a train ride across the country. Apparently this is possible within a full day? Has anyone done this before?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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RE: Cuba - Recommendations For Interesting Activit

Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:33 am

Vacuuming Fidel Castro's house would be an interesting activity!!!! Not many people can say they've done that! haha, okay I'm just having a little fun.

On a more serious note, I have friends that have spent time in Varadero and Santiago, Cuba. I remember them saying they had a real sense of relaxation in these two cities as they seemed more slower-paced. I wish I had more detail, but this was in conversation a while ago, so you might want to look into flying there as I do not have any more updated information.

Looking forward to your Trip Report with lots of photos!!!!!!!
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Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:24 pm

There is tremendous need for humanitarian aid there. From powdered milk to Tylenol to soap to school books. Try to team up with an organization so you can collect and deliver goods.
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RE: Cuba - Recommendations For Interesting Activit

Thu Aug 23, 2012 4:35 pm

If you are near Havana, visit the air museum there ... it is worth the effort.
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Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:06 pm

Quoting longhauler (Reply 3):
If you are near Havana, visit the air museum there ... it is worth the effort.

I was there earlier this year and it doesn't exist any more.

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Fri Aug 24, 2012 3:30 am

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 4):
I was there earlier this year and it doesn't exist any more.

Wow, that's too bad!
I was there last winter on a layover, and for a couple of CCPs the guide would allow you into any of the aircraft.

Any ideas why it closed, or what happened to the aircraft?
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Fri Aug 24, 2012 3:49 am

Quoting longhauler (Reply 5):
Any ideas why it closed, or what happened to the aircraft?

I have no clue unfortunately. I was there in February and took a taxi from Havana to the museum one day. When we got there all that was left was a cleared lot. The driver was kind of confused too, but it was definitely the right place. It was a nice taxi ride through a beautiful tranquil suburb though, in a classic Chevrolet and super cheap.

I took a domestic flight in an AN24 when I was in Cuba. I got my museum experience right there.

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RE: Cuba - Recommendations For Interesting Activit

Mon Aug 27, 2012 6:04 am

Hi all, thanks for your recommendations. I will definititely try to vacuum Fidel's house, and also try to hang out with him for a bit  

Regarding the An-26 of Aerogaviota. Does anyone know how this service can be booked? I recall a trip report which mentioned that the booking works via phone only.

Looking forward to more interesting ideas.
Regards,
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RE: Cuba - Recommendations For Interesting Activit

Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:26 pm

Quoting Loran (Thread starter):
In terms of non-aviation, I’d be interested to take a train ride across the country. Apparently this is possible within a full day? Has anyone done this before?

I don't know about a train ride, but renting a car is very easy and not all that expensive. The highways are very well marked and very good quality. I drove from Havana down to Pinar del Rio, a nice drive and a beautiful area. Gas was cheaper there than in Canada, and they accepted by Ontario Driver's Licence.

Also, if you have time, spend some time in Havana itself. Lots and lots of history and lots of friendly locals looking to point you in the right direction.
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