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HAVANA TRAVEL GUIDE
WHAT TO EATHuevos habaneros (a Havana-style baked egg dish), medianoche (the “midnight sandwich” of roast pork and cheese), cajitas (to-go boxed meals of meat, beans and rice prized by locals) and a meal at one of the city’s paladares (privately owned restaurants located in beautiful, colonial homes).
WHAT TO BRING BACKCuban rum (Havana Club, Santiago de Cuba, Legendario), albums of Cuban music (check out Callejón de Hamel on a Sunday or any night at La Casa de la Música and La Zorra y El Cuervo to discover local acts), la boina del Che (a Che-style beret) and locals' fave game—dominoes.
FUN FACTImages of vintage cars zipping down Havana’s avenues are iconic. When Fidel Castro took power in 1959, communist laws and the US embargo forbade purchasing new cars and stopped the import of new parts. Cubans were left with classic American models from the 40s-50s for generations until the laws finally relaxed during the last decade. You can now spot new wheels on the road!
IMPORTANT INFOFor more information on all necessary travel documents, visa, taxes and more, check Air Canada’s Travel Requirements page and the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism website.
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