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Do’s & Don’t’s of Iceland

Iceland is a highly unique country that is both the bridge between the continents of Europe and North America and also a nearly totally isolated island. Because of this, Iceland is able to maintain its own distinct culture while still being connected globally. This large island has an unusually small population—sheep outnumber the people, who fall just short of 335,000—which makes Iceland full of resilient … Continue reading Do’s & Don’t’s of Iceland

5 books and movies to read or watch before your trip to Cuba.

1. Motorcycle diaries (movie)– absolutely “must see” in order to understand the process of transformation of a privileged and well educated doctor from Argentina – Ernesto Guevara into an iconic revolutionary known simply as “Che”. Based on the true story documented by Che himself in a famous Latin America dairy, the film follows two daring friends, Ernesto Guevara (Gael García Bernal, Y Tu Mama Tambien) and … Continue reading 5 books and movies to read or watch before your trip to Cuba.

Cuban currency and 5 things every traveller must know about it!

1. Cuban currency is NOT traded internationally, so you can’t buy it in advance. You buy it when you arrive in Cuba. 2. Cuba has two major currencies: Cuban Convertible CUC and Cuban Peso CUP. The major currency and one used for first time visitors is the Cuban Convertible, CUC. 1 CUC = 0.85 USD Note: a 10% penalty is charged when exchanging US dollars, so you will … Continue reading Cuban currency and 5 things every traveller must know about it!

Discovering Cuba

Born and raised in Cuba, Maylena Chaviano is an accomplished salsa teacher and performer and a PhD student at McGill University. She has been advising travelers and leading groups to Cuba for several years. She sat down with Colibri to discuss Castro, Cuba’s art and music, and what travelers should expect and search for when visiting Cuba.   Colibri: When working on this interview, we … Continue reading Discovering Cuba

Cuba Seven Things You Need to Know

Seven Things You Need to Know Before Traveling to Cuba

“I want to get there before the first Starbucks!” I hear that often from adventurous travelers who want to experience Cuba while it is still a communist and underdeveloped country. Before you book the seat on one of the newly-launched flights via American Airlines however, certain realities must be considered. Visitors can have a rich, cultural experience or a memorable disaster, depending on how prepared … Continue reading Seven Things You Need to Know Before Traveling to Cuba