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Cuba is a fabulous live museum, a place where history was forced to halt for a moment and take a long and refreshing breath. The old American and Soviet cars, the architecture, the people’s attitude and its out-of-time political system are all creeping out from an anachronistic time, a period described only in the yellowed pages of old newspapers. But the charm of this pleasant Caribbean island is actually augmented by each and every of these anachronisms, teleporting the traveler like using a time machine in a dream world with no match.

The undulating Havana is a vibrant city that lives each and every moment with fervor and passion. You get the feeling that from every dilapidated building, music spills onto the streets in an aerial sentiment that pervades and transcends time and space. Everything around Havana is music and rhythm, a continuous oblivious party whose spirit is joyfully painted on people’s faces in spite of their hard life. Walking the streets of the city targeting a specific site to visit is the hardest possible thing because at every turn something new happens that requires your undivided attention, an event that is for sure worth attending and even if you make a mental note to return the moment that you turn the corner again you already forgot it because something else comes up. In this way you can spend days in a row and you are not able to do your checkbox list of visits that you normally may do in any other cities. Outside Havana, the life’s rhythm is way slower but the music’s rhythm stays the same like in Trinidad de Cuba, a town built by the first Spanish governor of Cuba and somehow tucked away by history. The carriages and horses’ hooves that you may hear in the morning are reminiscent of the Spaniards and the Conquista but at night the center of the town is getting flooded by music that oozes from each crease, from the restaurant gardens, the top terraces, the indoor music venues and mainly from Casa de la Musica, a live stage in the middle of the town full of life and bands that go on till the wee hours.  Just outside of Trinidad is Vale de Ingenios, the place of the old sugar plantations, now archeological remnants of a time of prosperity twisted in the new history book propaganda, a region capitalizing today on tourist money; Sancti Spiritus, a town on a river that has in its middle a blue painted church is the the gateway to Santa Clara, where several memorials are dedicated to Che, the most cherished killer on the planet who still benefits by the most effective marketing campaign staged ever for a person, dead or alive, in the entire world. Passing through the French-touched-Cienfuegos you reach Varadero, a beach town, maybe the least interesting "highlight place" in Cuba and if you continue past Havana you end up in the tobacco plantations of Pinar Del Rio and Vinales, a countryside that emphasizes the most what Cuba is all about. And all these between two mojitos….

 

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Cuba Stock

18 hours of HD footage from these locations:

Havana, Vinales, Pinar del Rio, Matanza, Varadero, Cienfuegos, Vale de Ingenios, Sancti Spiritus, Santa Clara, Playa Larga, Trinidad de Cuba, Camaguey, Playa Pillar, Santiago de Cuba, Baracoa

4k footage of Havana