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Old Havana, Havana
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History remains a palpable part of daily life at Old Havana, the World Heritage-listed downtown of Cuba's capital. Founded by the Spanish in the 16th century, this historical neighborhood long served as the hub of commerce and a resting point for marauders transporting New World treasures back to Europe. The narrow streets of the central district contain numerous examples of Baroque and Neoclassical architecture, as well as a charming ensemble of private homes complete with neatly decorated balconies and lush internal gardens. The starting point of many tours, this area contains Havana's main square and a 16th-century fortress guarding the entrance into the city's picturesque harbor. To visit Old Havana on your trip to Havana, use our Havana trip builder.
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  • Some once grand buildings sadly surrounded by disrepair and rubbish. Constantly hassled by Taxi & Tourist operators touting for business. The local bands at every bar and cafe are fantastic and the at...  more »
  • Surprise with every street corner we turned, from old cars to interesting locals, to beautiful parks. 
  • Habana Vieja from 1982 onwards in the UNESCO heritage list. Deservedly. Are required to visit the Plaza Vieja-old square, Plaza Catedral-Cathedral, Plaza de San Francisco-St. Francis of Assisi. But, of course, Havana leaves an ambivalent feeling. Like no other city. One side of Havana-repulsive. Devastation. The smell of urine. Never remontirovannye facades. Broken Windows. Understandably, the blockade, sanctions, lack of resources, but because it was the same thing and we have 30-50-ies. Of the 20th century. This does not eliminate the need to work, simply clean up after themselves, monitor the water drain, insert glass, etc. is not shameful to be poor, you can be poor, but clean. Poverty Havana suggests that the inhabitants of Havana this involved his indifference. Getting rid of exploiters did not mean getting rid of the urgent need to work. If this is socialism, then rain. But this is one side of Havana. There are other insanely attractive. By this I mean attractiveness and Havana and Cuba in General, only having been in all other countries of Central America. In Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, Mexico, and in dumb Honduras and El Salvador just scary, even during the day. Calm only in Nicaragua. While in Havana to go even at night is not scary! And it's somehow right time devalues the skyscrapers of Panama City or beauty of Mexico. The main advantage of Havana is, of course, the gavancy themselves. Charismatic people. Can matter, that is not particularly tense at work. Well might try to dissolve a little bit of you in the service, but too lazy. Yes, no, no. Here's the dilemma: be kind and poor or wealthy, but evil. And yet in Havana and Cuba go! She still the baddest any Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico. People! And the spirit. The spirit of the freedom island!
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