When you picture Cuba, a few quintessential things come to mind: old school cars, cigars and Fidel’s big beard. But there’s a lot more to the country than just the iconic images repeated in TV and movies. Cuba has a rich and complicated history, a rapidly changing and exciting future, and for the present it’s one seriously awesome country to explore. Check out our top 5 reasons to backpack Cuba to find out why it’s still one of our all-time favorite countries!
The Time Warp
One of the best things about backpacking through Cuba is the feeling that you’ve just stepped back in time. Aside from the iconic classic cars there are so many other things that just scream vintage. We’re not saying everything in Cuba resembles a set from Happy Days, but compared to the rest of the world they’re a mile behind. The biggest difference is probably through technology. Mobile phones have only recently been legalized in the last 5ish years, computers are scarce and the Internet (at $4-$8 an hour) is completely unattainable for most citizens whose average wage is $30-40 a month. Instead of letting technology consume their lives people actually talk to each other face to face. Cubanos set up on the sidewalk to play chess or checkers, while big crowds of men huddle around the park benches to chat about sport, and the kids kick a soccer ball around the streets. Very refreshing!