Camaguey to El Salton

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After a few days in Cuba you begin to appreciate how much effort has been put into propaganda by the Cuban government. There are a small number of anti-US poster (they really did not like George W Bush, but there again who did). The majority of the posters are to exhort the populace to work, not to forget the revolution, and to remember the heroes from the past. The posters below give a cross section of what you can expect to see. You could say that no two posters are the same, and that incredible amounts of time and money (for a very poor country) have been spent on the posters. I have my doubts that they do any good. As in other communist countries the people appear to pay lip service to the idea and the party,but in their own lives have such a struggle that it all passes them bye.

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The drive from Camaguey to El Salton was uneventful apart from a 10 km stretch south of Beare, which was one of the worst (Chris would say the worst) stretches of road I have ever had to drive a car along - but this is Cuba and that was part of the adventure!

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The reception of the hotel.. ..all set in a rain forest.. ..and with the waterfall.. ..as its raison d'etre
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Hotel Horizontes Villa El Salton is located on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Maestra, Cuba’s highest mountain range, surrounded by beautiful landscapes, a natural cascade and microclimate. Opened in the 1960s as a health resort for the Cuban Communist Party elite, today it describes itself as eco-resort - I would say it is more a hotel in the rain forest, not a lot of "eco" to be seen.

The setting is lovely. "Montane rainforest" surrounds the hotel, which overlooks a river canyon. The reason it was built on this site is the natural waterfall and lake below in which you can swim (well Chis did anyway). It is certainly natural as there is no "pampered" way in to the lake, you have to tread on the stony beach to get in, and the going is difficult.

El Saltón has 22 air-conditioned rooms in four buildings. The wood-paneled bedrooms had terrazzo tile floors, and picture windows - but the jungle was inches from the windows, so there was not actually a view! Small satellite and (empty) refrigerator. We spent two nights here.

Dinner in the hotel restaurant (eating out is not an option here - the road is bad enough in daylight, and after dark would be impossible). The setting was spectacular but the food fairly dull in the restaurant. Apart from us, the only other guests were a party of 2 German men aged around 60 and their 2 Cuban female "companions" aged around 20.

We took a nature walk with the hotel guide (2 CUC per person per hour, so 2 hours cost a total of under £6). It was an interesting ramble, he explained the local birds and was a good mimic of their calls. He stopped at a local house where the 80 year old lady lived with a large extended family. An earth floor to the house, and a toilet of sorts down the garden - but they did have a TV set (as did virtually every house in Cuba)

And along the dirt road, the propaganda continued with slogans painted on stones, pipes and anything else that came to hand.

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Mummy pig.. .. and all the baby pigs    
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Local houses The owner of the house visited the toilet in the garden "long live Raul and Fidel*
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"Down with the Blockade" Fidel we love you All the things that the ..revolution is.

El Salton to Santiago de Cuba

Our Cuban Holiday