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Cuba by Knopf Guides

The Knopf Guide to Cuba, a close-by but long forbidden destination now open to Americans, takes the reader to a country with a turbulent and colorful history -- from its discovery by the Spanish in the 15th century to the revolution of 1953-67 to the politics ofthe 90s. The 2,000 color illustrations highlight the dramatically varied terrain from savanna to rainforest, the rich wildlife -- avian or underwater -- as well as such exotica as the popular cults that originated in Africa. The Latin music and dance and the spectacular architecture, whether religioous or colonial, are all aspects of the co-mingled European and Cuban culture that has so fascinated travelers. With the Knopf Guide, explore the local cuisine, customs such as carnival and Cuba's celebrated exports like rum and cigars.

Eight detailed itineraries take the reader all around Havana from old Havana and its two showpiece squares, Plaza de Armas and Plaze de la Catedral to the Partagas cigar and tobacco factory to Plaza Vieja where local wealthy merchants once lived. From there, explore the west of the island, the province of Pinar del Rio, the verdant tobacco heartland, with rounded limestone mountains and dramatic scenery; to the north where fashionable Varadera resembles Miami Beach and Cardenas is home to the celebrated Museo de oscae Maria de Rojas devoted to Cuban coins, weapons, shells, butterflies and pre-Columbian art; to the center of Cuba is the site of the Bay of Pigs; or the East to Santiago, Cuba's second largest and most exotic city at the foot of the Sierra Maestra mountains.

Portable, practical and lavishly illustrated, the guide also includes information on getting around Cuba, finding the best restaurants, nightlife and cultural spots. And as always, there is a section on the region as seen by artists and writers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375706585
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/2000
Series: Guides Series
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 4.58(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Sites of special interest
The Republic of Cuba
Key to symbols
How to use this guide2
Introduction to the itineraries6
The authors7
Encyclopedia section
The Cuban landscape16
The savanna18
The tropical rainforest20
The pine forest22
The swamp24
The mangrove26
The cayos and the coral reef28
Ocean life30
The Indo-Cubans34
Jose Marti: national hero40
Art and Traditions47
Sugarcane farming48
Processing the sugar: making sugar and rum50
Music and dance52
Popular cults of African origin58
'Montuna' chicken64
Cigars and rum66
Tobacco farming68
Preparing the leaves70
Rolling the Havana72
Havanas, bands and vistas74
Town-planning programs76
Religious architecture80
The colonial house, development82
The colonial house, layout84
Colonial architecture, neo-classical style86
Styles of the Republic90
Modern architecture92
Cuba as Seen by Painters93
Music and sensuality94
The figure of the guajiro96
African heritage98
The Revolution100
Cuba as Seen by Writers101
Cuban itineraries
Plaza de Armas122
The Palacio de los Capitanes Generales and the Museo de la Ciudad124
Plaza de la Catedral126
From the Plaza de Armas to the Plaza de San Francisco128
Plaza Vieja130
The Capitolio and surroundings132
Fabrica Partagas134
From the Parque Central to the Bay via the Prado136
Public buildings of the Republic138
The Malecon140
The Vedado141
Cementerio de Cristobal Colon144
Plaza de la Revolucion145
Miramar, the fortresses of Habana del Este and other municipalities of Havana146
Ernest Hemingway in Cuba148
Western Cuba: Pinar Del Rio Province151
The Sierra del Rosario154
San Diego de los Banos and environs155
Vinales valley156
Pinar del Rio158
The Vuelta Abajo159
Guanahacabibes Peninsula161
The north coast of the de Pinar del Rio province162
The North Coast, From Havana to Cardenas163
Playas del Este165
Central Cuba171
Cuba's rural provinces172
Cienaga de Zapata National Park174
The Bay of Pigs176
The Palacio Brunet and the Museo Romantico184
Valle de los Ingenios190
Sancti Spiritus190
Santa Clara191
Santa Clara, Che's memorial town192
From Moron to Cayo Guillermo194
From Guardalavaca to Banes201
Sierra Maestra202
Santiago de Cuba206
The Casa de Diego Velazquez and the Museo de Ambiente Historico Cubano210
Nuestra Senora del Cobre218
Parque Baconao219
Around Baracoa222
Archiepelago Des Canarreos223
Nueva Gerona226
Around Nueva Gerona227
From Punta del Este to the Hotel Colony227
Cayo Largo228
Practical information
Getting around Cuba232
Staying in Cuba234
English-Spanish glossary238
Festivals and cultural events239
Places to visit240
Hotels and restaurants246
Table of illustrations256
Map Section265
A-B-C Cuba
ECentral Havana
Index of Havana276

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