Havana, the Paris of the Caribbean. The sixth town founded in 1515, by the Spanish on the island, called San Cristóbal de la Habana by Pánfilo de Narváez: the name combines San Cristóbal, patron saint of Havana, and Habana, of obscure origin, possibly derived from Habaguanex, a native American chief who controlled that area, as mentioned by Diego Velasquez in his report to the king. The capital of the largest island in the Caribbean, Havana has been a smuggler’s hideaway, the political and cultural center of Latin America, and where life has remain relatively unchanged since the Revolution in 1959, which has supported and encouraged the unique cultural and artistic traditions that have developed over Cuba’s extraordinary five centuries of existence. Havana is a UNESCO living history; a dichotomy where the New World began, and where the Old World is vanishing.
Viñales Valley, A UNESCO World Heritage site is , the awesome topography of Viñales Valley is notable for its mogotes, dome-like limestone karstic formations that rise abruptly from the flat plains. It is also significant for its bio diversity and endemic species including; orchids, Mountain palms, the colorful Cuban Tody and the world’s smallest bird, the Zunzún. 17th century traditional agricultural practices related to growing the island’s finest tobacco here in the Vuelta Abajo region will be seen readily.