I booked a day trip to Havana. It was two hours driving from Varadero to Havana. A China-made tour bus picked up tourists from each hotel in the morning. It was one hour late when the bus came to my hotel.

We were on the way to Havana. The tour guide began introducing Cuba’s history, geography, politics, economy and the scenery along the road. He spoke English with strong Spanish accent. I was impressed by his words: “Cuba is a free country. We are drug free, gun free and American free.”

We arrived Old Havana around 11:00 AM. Got off the bus, we were guided walking through the streets of Old Havana, stopped at attractions on the way.

Cathedral of Havana built in 1704
Cathedral of Havana built in 1704

We saw a bronze statue of a young man beside the church square. Some ladies took pictures with the bronze statue arm in arm.

Bronze statue of a young man
Bronze statue of a young man

Out of Old Havana, we got 30 minutes free time. I went to the Avenida Washington beside Canal de Entrada, the water path to Havana port. In direction of the sea, I saw the Morro Castle built from 1587 to 1597 on the other side of Canal de Entrada. That was a battlefield in history and now turned into Havana Maritime Museum. Unfortunately, we did not arrange to visit the castle.

Canal de Entrada
Canal de Entrada with view of Morro Castle

We went to a cemetery and the Revolution Square in the afternoon. Our last stop was the Capitolio Nacional shown as the heading picture of this article. It was built in the twenties of last century, a copy of the United States Capitol.

Morro Castle at Havana Cuba
Morro Castle at Havana Cuba

We headed back Varadero about 4 o’clock in the afternoon. I saw the Morro Castle again before the bus entered the Tunel de La Habana. Although it was such a short period visit, the Old Havana still showed her unique charm. Goodbye Havana!

[All pictures were taken with Nikon D80 and Nikon 18-135mm lens]