Combining evocative prose and invaluable information, this comprehensive guidebook introduces you to a fascinating and paradoxical country, its rich culture and bounty of sights. Author Christopher Baker, a foremost expert on Cuba, begins the tour in the capital city, Havana. Then it's on to the Far West's Sierra del Rosarios Biosphere Reserve and Parque Nacional la Guira; to the Northwest, homeland of Che Guevara; to the southeast, and the colonial core of charming Trinidad; to the far east, with historic Santiago de Cuba, and many exotic and historic stops in between.
Among the special features are mapped walking tours of Santiago de Cuba and the heart of Old Havana; a mapped driving tour along the breathtaking north coast; 3D illustrations of colonial architecture and coral reefs; and detailed sidebars that explore such historical, natural, and cultural interests as tobacco growing and cigarmaking, harsh geography and mangrove swamps, and Che Guevara and Jose Marti. Experiential sidebars, insider tips from National Geographic experts, and a hefty Travelwise section featuring handpicked hotels and restaurants round out this invaluable guide to one of the world's most intriguing places.
Christopher Baker is an award-winning travel writer, photographer, and lecturer. His many books include National Geographic Traveler: Costa Rica, National Geographic Traveler: Dominican Republic, and National Geographic Traveler: Panama, plus other guidebooks to Cuba, Jamaica, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, and California; as well as the acclaimed travel narrative Mi Moto Fidel, Motorcycling through Castro's Cuba. Baker studied geography at the University of London and Latin American Studies at the University of Liverpool. The author lives in Palm Springs, CA.
The award-winning National Geographic Traveler has been enhanced with engaging new features and a contemporary redesign. Each guide begins with an introduction that enables you to sample a bit of the culture, history, and attractions before you go and plan the trip based on your own interests and length of stay.
Immerse yourself in active, in-country "Experiences" and "Off-the-Beaten-Path Excursions" you won't find anywhere else.
Other new features, such as "Insider Tips" from National Geographic photographers, writers, and experts, and "Not-To-Be-Missed" lists ensure that each visit will be memorable.
The guides' design has been simplified, opened up, and enhanced with easy-to-read tinted sections. Gorgeous color photographs, high-quality maps, and the popular walking and driving tours are still highlights of our crisp, new look.