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SANTIAGO DE CUBA

Trinidad to Santiago

sunny 30 °C

Monday December 16
We had decided a couple of days ago that we didn’t want to stop in Camaguey en-route to Santiago de Cuba. Unfortunately, this meant a 12-hour bus ride – and yes it was bad and made worse because, although it’s a tourist bus, they must have stopped about 20 or 30 times to drop off and pick up locals and made a 8-hour trip into 12, and the countryside is really not that interesting (most of Cuba isn’t). ViaAzul usually do these pick-ups but normally only once or twice – this one should not be called a tourist bus. And we only had one proper break at a park-like highway "canteen" just outside Sancti Spiritus

We eventually arrived at 8:30 pm and checked into, as it turned out, the grossly overrated Melia Santiago Hotel about 30 minutes later

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Tuesday December 17
What an unpleasant place Santiago is and not made any better by the fact that they have decided to close/renovate just about everything worth seeing in the old town. It’s just a big, dirty, uninteresting city - even if the “sights” were available. Fortunately we’d only booked 2 nights and that will be more than enough. And, like everywhere else in Cuba except for Havana, there are very few tourists about, especially in Santiago. By the way, the hotel seems to be a favourite location for creepy old men to bring their Cuban call-girls for a few days

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Posted by kforge 04:46 Archived in Cuba

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