domingo, 22 de octubre de 2017

Por qué seguimos a flote?

 

Hace ya casi 15 años desde que empezamos a anunciar casas particulares en Cuba. En aquellos momentos la internet en Cuba era prácticamente inexistente, era todo un reto a nuestra paciencia y a nuestros deseos de emprender un negocio que pintaba bien. Sin ser una Agencia de viajes, servíamos como un enlace entre los propietarios y los inquilinos en potencia. Siempre tuvimos una cosa en mente, ser fieles tanto a los propietarios como a los futuros clientes. Nuestro trabajo se beneficiaba de comisiones que recibíamos de los propietarios. Relativo a nuestro servicio, decíamos en nuestras webs: No hay pagos online, estos son directamente a los propietarios de las casas, una vez que arribe a esta, de modo que el servicio de cara al visitante era gratis. También decíamos que toda la información y los precios son dados directamente por los propietarios de las casas. Jamás usamos su información con otro fin que no sea el de tramitar su reserva con el propietario de la casa. Y hasta hoy nada de esto ha cambiado, lo que si ha cambiado es que hemos mejorado nuestro servicio, pues ya conocemos a cada uno de los propietarios que anunciamos, que tenemos una excelente comunicación con ellos. Que ya tenemos servicio de recogida en el aeropuerto, que rara vez tenemos un overbooking.

 

En nuestros trámites de reservas no hay dinero por medio, lo único que media en nuestras reservas es la palabra y se dice simple, pero que cosa más importante que nuestra palabra, de una parte, nuestra comunicación con el propietario, que debe asegurarnos que su habitación estará guardada para su llegada y de la otra la seguridad de que usted se presentará ese día. Estamos muy satisfechos con las dos partes y tal ves el principal problema que tenemos es que una mínima parte las personas no se presentan en la fecha pactada y lo que si es más problemático es que no nos avisen a nosotros ni a los propietarios. Por supuesto, también hay que los visitantes llegan a la casa y la habitación no está guardada. En los dos casos cada vez es menos y trabajamos fuertemente para erradicar esto y principalmente logrando una comunicación muy efectiva con los visitantes una vez que estén en suelo cubano.

 

A día de hoy?

Hoy han llegado poderosos ofreciendo servicios de prepago a los propietarios, dándole oportunidad a los propietarios que suban los precios a valores inimaginables, este es el caso de airbnb y de Agencias de viajes. Toda una variedad de facilidades para los propietarios y pa los visitantes. A pesar de que hemos visto reducido nuestro trabajo a niveles bajos, hemos podido comprobar que seguimos sintiendo que tenemos muchos que siguen confiando en nuestro trabajo, en nuestra seriedad y en el compromiso con las dos partes, por un lado los propietarios y por el otro los visitantes en potencia.

 

Nuestro punto débil?

Si, tenemos muchos, pero el que más nos golpea es el acceso a internet, que sigue siendo brutalmente caro: 1,50 cuc por una hora de conexión a internet, la mayoría de las veces lenta, que pierdes más tiempo esperando algo que haciendo algo.

Por eso que acudamos con frecuencia a ustedes pidiendo visitas y que nos comenten de nuestros servicios, de las webs, que accedan desde sus móviles para probar cosas que hemos hecho, en fin, mil historias.

Siempre tenemos sus valiosos y aceptados comentarios, gracias siempre, por ser tan amables.

A pesar de las dificultades que tenemos con el acceso a internet, con el equipamiento, con el número de personas que hacemos este trabajo, jamás nos hemos planteado dejarlo, nos sentimos comprometidos con este trabajo y deseosos de hacer de Cuba un destino de excelencia y sobretodo, que lo puedas hacer sin por ti mismo.

Nos vemos en alguna parte de la cima, pues no vamos a parar, ni ustedes ni nosotros hasta llegar.

lunes, 16 de octubre de 2017

¿Por qué alojarse en una casa particular?

Es mucho más barato que alojarse en un hotel.

 

Te permite conocer de primera mano cómo se vive en Cuba.

 

Puedes contar con los dueños de las casas para que te indiquen lugares que visitar o actividades que no aparecen en las guías turísticas.

 

Muchas de las casas ofrecen comidas y cenas que son mejores que las que puedes encontrar en los restaurantes.

 

Los anfitriones te darán consejos prácticos sobre cómo evitar ciertas áreas de la ciudad o estar alerta ante posibles estafas.

 

Si te alojas durante una estancia larga o si tienes una afinidad especial con la familia, te empezarán a tratar como a un buen amigo e incluso como un miembro más de la familia.

 

Para impregnarse de historia reciente: Charlar con los dueños de una casa sobre la Revolución o política enriquecerá tu punto de vista y es una manera fantástica de descubrir aspectos que los libros de texto no cuentan.

 

Estás ayudando a pequeños emprendedores cubanos a sacar adelante su negocio.

 

Puedes conocer a otros viajeros como tú que también se alojen en la casa.

 

 

  Yosvany

 

  (0053) 53 112562 

( (0053) 45 987552

http://www.casasdealquilerencuba.com

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http://www.alquilerencuba.xyz

 

    

 

Only by walking you can find your way.

 

jueves, 11 de mayo de 2017

Día de las madres

Madre        

 

Eres la  joya preciada,

madre de mi corazón,

eres la rosa temprana

de un rosal lleno de amor.

 

Eres rocío que refresca

la mañana calurosa,

eres la flor más amada

por todos, la más hermosa.

 

Eres canto y eres risa

que adornas cada mañana,

eres perfume de brisa

de los lirios que la baña.

 

 

Felices somos contigo,

madre  de amor y dolor.

Felices te deseamos

con todo amor y razón.

 

lunes, 12 de octubre de 2015

Ecotourism in Cuba.

http://www.tour4cuba.com/en/cuba-ecotourism-destination-lodging-private-homes.php

 

Why Cuba is the best ecotourism destination in the Caribbean?

Cuba’s bounty of natural attractions, paired with its meticulous conservation practices, makes it the best ecotourism destination in the Caribbean. It is home to 263 protected areas, covering approximately 22% of the total land. This includes six UNESCO biospheres that range from the coastal scrublands of Península de Guanahacabibes in Pinar del Río to the untouched rainforests of Cuchillas del Toa in Guantánamo. The abundance of carefully guarded land protects over 350 species of birds as well as endangered species such as the Cuban crocodile, the jutía and the ivory-billed woodpecker.

The province of Pinar del Río is particularly well-endowed when it comes to natural attractions: it boasts two UNESCO biospheres and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the sprawling Valley of Vinales. Pinar del Río’s Las Terrazas is an ideal base for ecotours: it was Cuba’s first sustainable resort community. Other noteworthy ecotourism destinations include the pristine area surrounding Baracao on Cuba’s eastern coast, and the Peninsula de Zapata to the south, which contains the Caribbean’s largest swamp.

Cuba boasts a wide selection of activities for ecotourists, including hiking along one of over 100 nature trails, cycling, horseback riding, spelunking, nature observation, photo tourism and speleo-scuba diving. Many of the country’s hotels, like the Hotel La Moka in Pinar del Rio, are sustainable and have been designed to blend harmoniously with their picturesque natural surroundings.

Pinar del Rio

Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve. Forests in Cuba’s first biosphere reserve, recognized in 1985. Watch out for one of the world’s smallest frogs and the colourful, pocket-sized reptile, the chipojo.

Península de Guanahacabibes Biosphere Reserve. Take a guided hike through the tropical forests in Cuba’s first biosphere reserve, recognized in 1985. Watch out for one of the world’s smallest frogs and the colourful, pocket-sized reptile, the chipojo. This sprawling reserve covers 121,572 hectares, including the Guanahacabibes National Park. Its diverse vegetation comprises mangroves, marsh grasslands, coastal scrublands and forests. Wildlife includes 40 bird species, as well as an abundance of local jutía and iguanas.

Parque Nacional de Viñales. This picturesque valley was named a UNESCO World Cultural and Landscape Site in 1999, thanks to bucolic farms and villages set against the region's iconic limestone mogotes.

Cueva del Indio. Enjoy a boat ride on the underground river that runs through this huge cavern. It is illuminated, so you can get a good look at the inside of a mogote.

Tobacco Farms. Watch ox-drawn ploughs make their way through the beautiful valleys that grow Cuba’s best tobacco.

Cueva de los Portales. Study the various stalagmites and stalactites in this 100-foot-high cavern, which now houses a museum.

Las Terrazas. This mountain community of artists and organic farmers is Cuba’s first sustainable village. There are hiking trails to stunning waterfalls, sparkling mineral springs and lush coffee farms. Stay at the Hotel La Moka, which specializes in eco-excursions.

Gran Caverna de San Tomás. Take a guided tour of Cuba’s largest cave system. Spread out over eight levels, the 46-km cave system is home to bats, underground pools and a replica of an ancient mural.

Soroa. Hike to the spectacular El Salto waterfall, or climb atop Mirador de Venus for panoramic views. Botanical experts have identified 1,000 species of exotic plants here; one hillside garden boasts 750 different types of orchids alone.

Havana

National Botanical Gardens.This spacious area located in Lenin Park contains everything from a Japanese garden to greenhouses bursting with cacti and tropical vegetation.

Parque Lenin. Wander through 670 hectares of parkland encircling a large artificial lake. An amphitheatre, aquarium, art gallery and botanical garden are just some of the attractions. Dine at Don Cuba, which sits atop a tower with a great view.


Matanzas

Península de Zapata (Ciénaga de Zapata, Biosphere Reserve) One of Cuba's six UNESCO biospheres, the Zapata reserve contains the largest wetlands in the Caribbean, and one of its most diverse ecosystems. Bring your binoculars: the world's smallest bird, the bee hummingbird, makes its home here. The Zapata Peninsula Biosphere reserve was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2001. It contains the largest wetlands in the Caribbean. Here you will see flamingos, manatee, crocodiles and the world’s smallest bird, the bee hummingbird, thriving in their natural habitat.

Matanzas. Cuevas de Bellamar (Bellmar Caves). Located on the outskirts of Matanzas, these caves are among the Caribbean’s largest and most beautiful underground formations. Josone's Oasis

Criadero de Cocodrilos. Established in 1962, this crocodile breeding farm has successfully saved two endangered species of crocodiles from extinction.

Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake). Head down a 5-km canal to reach this scenic lagoon located east of Boca de Guamá. A lifelike recreation of a Taíno village spans across several small islands. Row your boat, ride the minitrain or wander at will through lush tropical vegetation in the gardens, groves and lagoons of this public park.

Varadero (Varahicacos Ecological Reserve). Covering about 30 per cent of the total area of the Hicacos Peninsula, this park contains the Cueva de Musalmanes, remarkable for its 2,500-year-old human remains and giant cactus.

Varadero. Cueva Ambrosio (Ambrosio Cave). This stunning 300-metre cave is a well-preserved archeological site featuring approximately 47 pre-Columbian drawings.

Varadero. Josone's Oasis Row your boat, ride the minitrain or wander at will through lush tropical vegetation in the gardens, groves and lagoons of this public park.

 

Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos (Cueva Martín Infierno) See the world’s tallest stalagmite, which stands 67 metres high, inside this cave located in the Valle de Yaganabo, 56 km east of Cienfuegos.

Cienfuegos. Jardín Botánico (Cienfuegos Botanical Garden) You could easily spend a day in this 94-hectare botanical garden that holds 2,000 species of plants. It was established in 1901 by sugar baron Edwin F. Atkins, who originally planned to use the land to study sugarcane, but instead filled it with exotic tropical trees from around the world.


Santa Clara

Santa Clara (Buenavista Biosphere Reserve) Encompassing 11 core areas, spanning across 313,502 hectares, this UNESCO-recognized biosphere protects ecosystems including mangroves, coral reefs, active dune zones, keys and vital reproductive zones for aquatic birds. Caves within the reserve hold historically significant paintings.

Santa Clara. Arroyo Trinitario waterfall. The 1.5 km hike to reach this scenic waterfall is well worth the effort. Cool off with a dip in the pool.

Santa Clara. Hanabanilla Lake. Explore this picturesque reservoir framed by a lush tropical forest.

Sancti Spiritus

Trinidad (Topes de Collantes). Explore the local flora and fauna – including colourful parrots and the Tocororo, Cuba’s national bird – at this park, deep within the Escambray Mountains. Be sure to stop by the towering Salto de Caburni waterfall.

Ciego de Ávila

Morón. Jardines del Rey (Parque Nacional El Bagá) What was once an airfield on Cayo Coco’s has been converted into a 769-hectare nature park filled with lakes, mangroves, juniper forest and over 130 species of birds. Take a tour along winding trails to see the netted butterfly garden and crocodile enclosure.

Morón. Pedraplén This causeway offers plenty of bird-watching opportunities. Watch out for wading birds like herons, pelicans and roseate spoonbills just off of this road connecting Cayo Coco to the mainland.

Parador La Silla You’re certain to see a flock of pink flamingos flying overhead here at sunrise and dusk. Prime flamingo-watching season is April to November, when they congregate at the Laguna de los Flamencos.

Camagüey

Camagüey (Sierra del Chorrillo) Explore this protected area by foot, Jeep or horseback. The park, located 36 km southeast of Camagüey, houses La Belén, a ranch that has been converted to a bird reserve where you’ll find rare species like the Cuban parakeet and the giant kingbird. For more bird-watching opportunities, head to the park’s bird trail where you’ll find birds like the blue heron, sparrow hawk, quail and zunzún. The park also contains a petrified forest, featuring fossilized tree stumps that are over three million years old.

Camagüey. Cayo Sabinal One the refuge of pirates, this key has intimate beaches tucked into beautiful coastal scenery. The centre of the tiny island, practically untouched by man, is home to abundant wildlife, including butterflies, tree rats and wild boar.

Camagüey. Santa Lucia (Cayo Sabinal) Escape to this gorgeous, unspoiled coral key lined with mangroves, marshes and lagoons and watch clouds of butterflies flutter above the lush landscape. Be sure to spend an afternoon at Playa Los Pinos, a standout amid the key’s many beaches, located 22 km from the town of Nuevitas.

Camagüey. Flamingo Tour Sail along the Santa Lucía coastline to visit a flamingo colony south of Cayo Sabinal. You’re sure to see hundreds of the pretty pink birds, and if you’re lucky, you might even spot a dolphin in Nuevitas Bay.

Camagüey. Sierra de Cubitas Visit this beautiful ecological reserve to explore the caverns, isles and leafy trails.

Las Tunas

Las Tunas (Monte Cabaniguán) Escape to this peaceful protected area to see the world’s biggest crocodile breeding farm, and observe multitudes of birds fluttering in the trees and gliding over the water.



Holguin

Holguin (Parque Nacional Sierra del Cristal) Cuba’s oldest national park, established in 1930, is home to Holguín’s highest peak, the Pico de Cristal.

Holguin. Parque Nacional La Mensura Inhale the rich pine scent in this heavily forested 5,300-hectare park south of Mayari. Stop by the mountain research centre of Pinares de Mayarí (Minari Pinegroves), which was modeled after an Alpine mountain hut. You can also hike to the foot of Cuba’s tallest waterfall, Salto del Guayabo.

Holguin. Parque Nacional Monumento Bariay The Parque Nacional Monumento Bariay was erected in 1992 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ arrival at this spot in Holguín. This multi-purpose park also houses an archeological museum, models of huts and a 19th century Spanish fort.

Holguin. Salto del Guayabo Gaze up at Cuba’s highest waterfall, which cascades from its 100-metre perch in the Sierra del Cristal. Take a guided tour through the surrounding forest to see the abundance of native plants that thrive in this alpine microclimate.

Holguin. Grupo Maniabón Ride a steam train through this majestic, mogote-lined mountain range northeast of the city of Holguín.

Holguin. Las Guanas Eco-Archaeological Trail This winding trail near Playa Esmeralda takes you past 14 endemic plant species and leads to a spectacular bluff with a picturesque lighthouse.

Granma

Granma. Granma (Parque Nacional Desembarco del Granma) See the most pristine coastal cliffs in the Americas in this National Park, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its significance as the site of Castro’s landing with rebel forces in 1956. Highlights of the park include Cabo Cruz, an incredibly well-preserved marine terrace; and the Sendero Arqueológico Natural El Guafe, an archeological site within underground caverns featuring pre-Columbian artifacts.

Granma. Gran Parque Nacional Sierra Maestra This gorgeous park is located in the heart of the stunning Sierra Maestra mountain range, and contains Pico Turquino, Cuba’s highest peak. You’ll find an array of endemic species here, including Sabicu (a West Indian tree commonly used for shipbuilding), and birds such as Carta Cuba, Tocororo and Zunzun. This park contains many sites of historical interest, such as La Plata, which served as Fidel Castro’s headquarters in the late 1950s.

Granma. Sendero Arqueológico Natural El Guafe Explore the caverns spread across the Parque Nacional Desembarco del Granma. Don’t miss the noted Ídolo del Agua, which pre-Columbian Indians carved out of stalagmites inside one of the caverns.

Granma. El Yarey Villa There are great bird-watching opportunities at the charming nature reserve El Yarey Villa in Jiguani. You’ll see plenty of endemic and migratory birds here.

Granma. Jardin Botánico See many of Granma’s native flora flourishing at this expansive botanical garden located just outside of Bayamo. You’ll find 74 types of palms, various cacti, beautiful orchids and a selection of endangered plants spread over 104 hectares.

Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba (Baconao Biosphere Reserve) This expansive 84,985-hectare UNESCO-recognized biosphere is home to 1,800 plant species that are of interest for their medicinal, industrial and religious properties. There are a reported 939 indigenous species of wildlife living here, too, including butterflies, mammals, reptiles and the endangered hot-cave bat. The rugged Sierra Maestra mountain range is protected within the Baconao biosphere, as is the Archeological Landscape of the First Coffee Plantations in the Southeast of Cuba – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Santiago de Cuba (Parque Nacional Pico Turquino) Climb 1,974 metres to reach Cuba’s highest peak atop this mountain in the Sierra Maestra mountains. The journey takes about two days. Santiago de Cuba.

Santiago de Cuba. Gran Piedra Climb the 454-step staircase for an unrivalled view of Santiago atop this 70,000-ton boulder teetering over the ridge of the Sierra Baconao, 1,000 metres above sea level.

Santiago de Cuba. Cordillera de la Gran Piedra Discover spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea from one of Cuba’s most bio-diverse mountain ranges. The area supports many endemic species of flora and fauna (including the endangered hot-cave bat) as well as the historic ruins of French coffee settlements.

Santiago de Cuba. El Saltón Escape to this scenic mountain resort that serves as a great base for eco-tourism excursions, bird watching treks and hikes to local waterfalls.

Baracoa

Baracoa (Cuchillas de Toa) Spend an afternoon at this UNESCO biosphere reserve. As one of the world’s last untouched rainforests, it boasts a large number of endangered plant and animal species, including the Cuban land snail, which is about two inches in diametre with striking spirals of colour.

Baracoa. Cueva del Aguas (Cave of Waters) Bring your bathing suit: this cave contains a cool, freshwater lagoon. After you take a dip, you can make your way up the hillside to an archaeological trail that boasts great ocean views, as well as more caves.

Baracoa. El Yunque (The Anvil) No visit to Baracoa is complete without a visit to the region’s famous tabletop mountain covered in rich vegetation. It rises 575 metres above sea level and is situated between the banks of the Duaba and Toa rivers.

Baracoa. Salto Fino Stop by Salto Fino to see the Caribbean’s highest waterfall. At 305 metres high, it’s the 20th highest water chute in the world, propelled by a sudden drop in the Arroyo del Infierno (Hell’s Stream).

Baracoa. Cactus Garden Cactus lovers, unite. This huge garden grows 2,000 cacti in this semi-arid southern region along the Guantánamo-Baracoa highway.

Baracoa. Río Toa Go bird watching along Cuba’s third-largest river that serves as an important plant and bird habitat.

Baracoa. Finca Duaba Walk along the aromatic cocoa trail surrounding this farm that houses a rachon-style restaurant.

 

jueves, 19 de febrero de 2015

Fwd: RV: CAC / Caleton / Daniel_danycienfuegos@yahoo.com.mx

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Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:22:20 -0600
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