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Cuba Will build New Water Parks in Havana and Varadero

Cuba Will build New Water Parks in Havana and Varadero

The Ministry of Tourism of Cuba this week advanced some aspects of its portfolio of foreign investment opportunities for 2018, an agenda that includes new projects to develop extra-hotel lines of leisure, recreation, and adventure.

According to the news agency Prensa Latina, the Cuban touristic company Palmares S.A has orchestrated at least eight new investment proposals under the modality of contract for the administration of services with financing.

Among these initiatives, the construction of two water parks stands out, one in the main sun and beach pole of Cuba, Varadero, 140 kilometers east of the capital, and the other in Havana, José R. Daniel told the press. Alonso general director of Development, Investment, and Business of the Minturn.

In the case of the installation in the capital city, the specialist pointed out that they study, together with the Institute of Physical Planning, the most convenient area for its construction.

Meanwhile, he explained, the forecast projects to cover the coastal strip, particularly on the beaches located in Havana del Este.

The Mintur business portfolio also includes, for the first time, two projects for the construction of nature and adventure parks. The first will be located in Canasí (community of Santa Cruz del Norte, Mayabeque) and the other in Bahía de Naranjo, Holguín, east of the island.

In addition, through the same modality of contract for the administration of services with financing, two business opportunities are presented for the development and expansion of the marinas of Varadero and Santiago de Cuba.

This includes projects aimed at incorporating new technologies and restoration of the Plaza América Complex and the Josone Park, both in Varadero, and the leisure facilities of the Comodoro Hotel in Havana.

The director clarified that as priorities, these centers will seek to diversify the offers, beyond the sun and beach, in search of positioning the Cuban product in the international market and thereby accelerate the development of tourism.

The Mint’s current portfolio includes approximately 140 projects, of which 34 are for the construction of hotels and 96 under the modality of hotel management and marketing.

The largest of the Antilles hopes to close that year with the visit of some 4.7 million foreign visitors. On November 26, industry authorities accounted for about 4.2 million.

Valley of Viñales Guide

Valley of Viñales Guide

Valley of Viñales.

It is located in the province of Pinar del Río, westernmost area of ​​Cuba, in the Sierra de Los Órganos, exactly in the mountainous group of the Guaniguanico mountain range. This Valley and a large part of the mountain range that surrounds it was approved in 1999 as a National Park and, in December of that same year, it was declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site, in the category of Cultural Landscape. It also has the status of a National Monument, which is received by Resolution on March 27, 1979.

Description of the area.

It is one of the most well-known and attractive areas of Cuba, it presents an exceptional scenario, which, among others, is characterized by the fusion of its spectacular natural beauty, conservation of the environment, the harmonious action of man in the cultivation of minor fruits, forage and essentially the cultivation of tobacco, whose traditional methods of cultivation and production, achieve the universal recognition of the Habano as one of the best quality in the world.

There are also constructions in the Valley with indigenous patrons such as the so-called tobacco house, the well-known stick on land and the typical Cuban hut that, when integrated with its natural values, mogotes, differences in relief, contrast between the red of the soils and the green of the crops form an exceptional aesthetic and socio-cultural value, this whole set bases the criterion of Cultural Landscape in evolution where its social activity linked to the way of life is evidenced with an evolutionary process and at the same time, it shows significant material evidence of this evolution over time There are tourist facilities, roads for the tour of the place, viewpoints and a national speleological center.

It is located in the municipality of Viñales, one of the 14 with which the province was located in the center and north of this territory. To the east, it borders the municipalities of La Palma and Consolación del Sur, to the southeast. To the west with the municipality Minas de Matahambre and to the south with the municipality of Pinar del Río. To the north, it coincides with the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Straits of Florida. Its territory covers an area of ​​741 square kilometers.

Qualities of the Valley.

The traveler who arrives at the valley from Havana, is enjoying the variety of shades of Cuban green, and when he arrives at the Valley he perceives a drastic and overwhelming change; the complicity between nature and silence makes the visitor feel ownership of a majestic natural beauty, found everywhere, from the Cueva del Indio, with its underground river, to the Mural of Prehistory, the Rancho San Hotel Vicente and the fabulous Mirador de Los Jazmines. There are some mountainous formations, unique on the island, called mogotes. These mogotes constitute very singular geomorphologic formations, of a great diversity of forms, that get to measure, in some cases, hundreds of meters of height. They are only comparable to those located in China and the Malay Peninsula.

In the valley, there are other elevations, such as Alturas de Pizarras, which are constituted by a variety of rocks, the oldest existing throughout the country and also in the Caribbean area.

Mural of Prehistory.

In the valley of Dos Hermanas, we can find the Mural of Prehistory, painted on the mogote called Pita. This mural shows the evolution of life in a natural sense in Cuba. It can be found on a perpendicular slope, which was cleaned before to perform this work. The rock was washed and drains were made in it to avoid, in the future, erosion due to rain. It extends throughout the Valley by 120 and 160 meters in length. Its author was Leovigildo González Morillo, now deceased, who was Director of Cartography at the Academy of Sciences of Cuba. In it are represented Guanahatabeyes Indians, species of Mammals, gigantic animals, as well as some Molluscs.

In the Mural of Prehistory, you can see, in 12 pieces, the evolutionary process of men and animals in the Sierra de los Órganos, in its different stages.

Caves.

In the Valley, you can find several caves, very significant in terms of form and originality, such as “José Miguel” and “Indio”. The last is a cave, which reaches up to 300 meters in length, inside which runs 2 underground rivers. There is also the so-called “La Reina de las espeluncas”, the Great Cavern of Santo Tomás, characterized and surveyed by Dr. Antonio Núñez Jiménez, third discoverer of Cuba; It is much larger, but not as accessible and perhaps not so attractive to the general public.

Flora and fauna.

With regard to its flora, it is classified as an atypical evolution, very varied in terms of species with characteristics of relics from the past; There are 17 endemic botanical species in the Valley that are not found anywhere else in the world. Its maximum exponent is the Mycrocycas Calocoma, known as Palma cork, the only species declared a National Monument. It is a living fossil of 150 million years old, the oldest palm of the Antilles, which has the botanical peculiarity of fixing nitrogen in the atmosphere due to a bacterium called Beijerinckia, which lives inside this plant. This species of fanerógama of living fossils is particularly abundant in the territory near the Valley.

The fauna is relevant for its marked differentiation, and it is the union of the different ecosystems that favors its diversity. The greatest specific richness and individuals by species is found in the ecotones or transition zones. This site has a great variety of birds, reptiles, mammals and mollusks; Among the invertebrates, the presence of endemics can be mentioned, as is the case of the family Papilionidae with the Parides Gundlachianus species.

Geomorphology

From the geomorphological point of view in the Valley of Viñales, different types of relief appear where they appear:

Erosive tectonic mountains carved into limestones in the shape of mesas and mogotes. These are impressive and can appear isolated or in groups; Its slopes are vertical and its tops rounded, are generally aligned and separated by deep narrow canyons, with slopes that exceed 25%.
Erosive tectonic mountains carved into terrigenous rocks in the form of hills. These elevations are very dissected, both vertically and horizontally, their slopes are in the range of 15-25%. The heights do not exceed 300 meters, the hills are flattened at the top.

Heights up to 200 meters. They are relicts of Jurassic limestones that are similar to calcareous mountains, differing from these due to the greater degree of erosion and karstification.

Fluvial-marine plain. This plain coincides with the Valley of Viñales. It has a flat to slightly wavy shape, usually develops on carbonate rocks. The heights rarely exceed 120 meters, this plain also corresponds to the marginal poljes.

Tectonic scarring – denudating. The height exceeds 150 meters, between one structure and another can reach a difference greater than 30 meters; the slopes exceed 10%.

Archeology.

In the Viñales area, 47 archaeological sites are known. Of these, 19 are linked to aboriginal communities of the pre-Hispanic era of the History of Cuba, where evidence of their funerary rites can be found, and 28 are related to marooned slaves of African origin. The latter is thought to have been the whereabouts of gangs or true palenques of the 19th century.

Villagers of the valley.

The town of Viñales, located in the Valley, preserves the traditional scenario of a farmers’ settlement, represented by its main street, galleries with columns on its sides and houses with red tiles that favor its climatic conditions, giving it a singular and pleasant appearance. In the Jurassic period this territory was composed of the sea, deltas, and plains of the disappeared continent, having as basic elements of local geology the limestone, where there are abundant fossils of ammonites, fishes and fossil schists of the terrestrial dinosaur “Diplodocus” and the Marine dinosaur “Ichthyosaurus”.

Its inhabitants are people of a friendly character, hospitable and very knowledgeable of their main economic work, that in addition to the agricultural one they dedicate themselves to the tourist service, due to the attractions of the visitors of the landscape beauties of the place.

Tips for Holiday to Singapore for the first time

Tips for Holiday to Singapore for the first time

The first country outside of India that I visited was Singapore. And it seems like that also applies to most other India. Geographical proximity is the reason. It only takes about 2 hours to get there from Jakarta. Another factor that causes the crowds of India on holiday to Singapore is the cheap flight ticket prices. Even if we are lucky, we can get a promo flight ticket.

Before going to Singapore, prepare this first!

1. Passport

The first thing to prepare is a passport! Because without a passport, you cannot be free in and out of other countries. Make sure your passport validity period is not less than 6 months from the date of departure. If your passport has expired, please extend it. Well, for those of you who don’t have a passport, you can make it online.

2. Round Trip Ticket

The price of a normal flight ticket from Jakarta to Singapore is around Rp. 400,000 – Rp. 600,000 for one way. Fortunately for you who can get a promo ticket Jakarta – Singapore. Airlines such as Air Asia, Jetstar, and Tigerair often hold promos. So, if you want to go to data sgp with a minimal budget, you must follow the latest information from them.

3. Booking Lodging

Flight tickets might be available at cheap prices, but the cost of living while there is sometimes enough to make a thin bag.

You have to be smart in choosing to lodge. There are many choices of hotels and hostels in Singapore. If your budget is sufficient, the hotel is a very comfortable lodging alternative. But if your budget is minimal, try staying at a hostel. The tariff is quite affordable, around 100-300 thousand of rupiah per night. To get a cheaper price, book accommodation a month before departure. In addition to making it easier for you when in Singapore later, choose a hotel or hostel that is located close to public spaces.

4. Itinerary

The most important thing before traveling is an itinerary or itinerary. Write all your travel plans in detail, such as; how long will be there, will visit any place; what time will visit, and many more.

5. Transportation

Singapore offers a variety of transportation options that are very clean, fast, and convenient for domestic and foreign tourists who come there. The most popular transportation is MRT (Mass Rapid Transportation). Besides that, we can also use LRT, bus, or taxi.

mrt-singapura

In order to save more money in Singapore, you should have an STP (Singapore Tourist Pass) card. STP can only be used to pay for train (MRT and LRT) fares and buses. The STP rate includes a card deposit fee of S $ 10, which you can later take back when returning the card, as long as it is still within the specified time period.

Things You Should Do and You Shouldn’t Do in Singapore

You better:

  • Don’t be shy about asking food prices
  • Bring a map of the Singapore MRT line
  • Bring empty drinking bottles to save expenses. You can refill your empty bottles in various water tap in Singapore
  • Bid when shopping
  • Bring an international adapter

You may not:

  • Spitting carelessly
  • Throwing smoking carelessly if you don’t want to pay a fine of SGD 1,980
  • Littering
  • Doing vandalism
  • Bring too much cash