Like many other Cuban festivals, the Santiago carnival began as a religious event: the saint day of Santiago (St. James) is July 25. The festivities became a time for celebration by Santiago’s slaves, who introduced some of the dance, music, and costumes still typical of the Santiago carnival .
Santiago de Cuba is well worth a visit IMO. With 18 days there’s enough time to go to both Santiago and Havana, but it would be wise to drop other stops in that case.
The Fiesta del Fuego is officially known as the Festival del Caribe and takes places each year in the first weeks of July in the city of Santiago de Cuba. Santiago was for a time Cuba’s capital. It is situated on the eastern end of the island and is said to be the geographical heart of the Caribbean.
Direct buses depart from La Habana and arrive at Santiago de Cuba . Services operate 3 buses daily and 21 buses per week. The journey takes approximately 15 hours and costs from 40 USD. To get from Havana to Santiago de Cuba , you can take the direct flight, which takes 2 hours and costs from 120 USD.
Carnival is where Africa and Europe met in the cauldron of the Caribbean slave system to produce a new festival for the world. The four elements of Carnival are song, music, costume and dance, which translate as calypso/soca, steelpan, mas (masquerade), and ‘wine’ (dance) in the Caribbean Carnival .
The carnival of Santiago de Cuba is the largest, most famous, and most traditional carnival in all of Cuba , and is an explosion of colour, contagious drum rhythms, and dance.
As in any country, crime is a concern in Cuba . Thankfully, violent crime is rare, but thieves won’t hesitate to steal your belongings, especially cameras. When on the beach or walking through Havana, don’t set your stuff down. Always keep your cameras, wallets, purses, passports, and other valuables close to your body.
Just take whatever precautions you would normally take when walking round unfamiliar streets at night . Have seen no evidence of gang activity whatsoever. Havana is not safe at night .
But if you truely do love adventure and a real pretty country, do go to Cuba . It’s worth a try. All you have to lose is one week and a bit of money. If you live far away (Europe etc), maybe it is costly, but Cuba is different than other Caribbean countries, and IMHO, worth visiting because of the differences.
The aim of the Fiesta del Fuego is to highlight the cultural expressions of the region, which is well portrayed with the many parades and carnival held during the week. The Fiesta del Fuego is a very well-known street party, and is known to be celebrated by the majority of the streets in Santiago.
The 835 kilometers (519 mi) central railway runs from Havana to Santiago de Cuba in the eastern region. Most of the 4,226 kilometers (2,626 mi) system is diesel powered with 140 kilometers (87 mi) electrified. The flagship Train Number 1 travels between Havana and Santiago de Cuba .
There are 3 ways to get to Baracoa : fly from Havana. take the Viazul or a private taxi from Santiago to Guantanamo then the paved road around the south edge of the island, the up north to Baracoa . get to Moa, then catch one of the Jeep taxi particulars on the bad road direct east to Baracoa .
How far is it from Havana to Santiago de Cuba? The distance between Havana and Santiago de Cuba is 761 km . The road distance is 867.8 km. 6 дней назад