The Travel Blog …

Information for travellers to Cuba and our other destinations.  Tips, advice, travel stories and our musings…

Exploring Havana Beyond the Guidebook

Reading Time: 8 minutes Want to get off the beaten path in Havana? From cycling through urban areas to taking music classes, here are 5 ways to explore Havana beyond the guidebook.

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8 Interesting and Little-Known Facts about Cuba

Reading Time: 5 minutes Cuba is known for its beautiful classic cars, world-famous revolutionaries and remarkable cigars, but there are many other things that make this Caribbean island such a fascinating place.Here are 8 interesting and little-known facts about Cuba.

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Taking Dance Classes in Cuba

Reading Time: 5 minutes Want to take dance classes in Cuba? Learn salsa, rumba and other Cuban dances with professional dancers from Ballet Folklorico Cutumba and learn to dance like a Cuban!

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Exploring Cuban Music in Santiago de Cuba

Reading Time: 6 minutes Music is the heart and soul of Santiago de Cuba. It fills the air day and night. You can hear music pulsing from open doors and windows as you walk through the city’s colourful streets, and on every corner you are likely to come across a group of musicians entertaining spectators with upbeat rhythms and hypnotic beats. Many passers-by stop to enjoy the music, while others sing along or move their body to the drum beats.

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6 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Eastern Cuba

Reading Time: 7 minutes Eastern Cuba is a hidden paradise. While the dreamy beach resorts of Varadero and the photogenic streets of Havana are teeming with tourists almost all year round, Cuba’s eastern region remains largely untouched by mass tourism. Here are six good reasons to visit eastern Cuba.

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5 most frequently asked questions about Salsa holidays in Cuba

Reading Time: 4 minutes With almost twenty years experience of running Salsa holidays in Santiago de Cuba, we have had hundreds of people travelling with us over the years to learn how to dance salsa and other Cuban styles. Based on the questions we most get asked by people enquiring about our Salsa holidays in Cuba, we hope the following might be useful!

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Caledonia is recruiting!

Reading Time: 2 minutes Caledonia Worldwide has been operating since 1996 and is a small specialist tour operator focusing on cultural and educational travel. Over the last 5 years the business has seen steady growth, particularly for bookings to Cuba, and we are now looking for an enthusiastic individual to join our team in our bright, sunny offices in Leith, Edinburgh.

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Big change for Caledonia Worldwide

Reading Time: 1 minute Some of you will remember that we recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of Caledonia Worldwide in Cuba with a big party in Edinburgh. Many thanks to everyone who participated in the event, whether on or off the stage.  We all had a fantastic night and here’s the official video with highlights from the evening:

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Gibara Film Festival, off the beaten track in Cuba

Reading Time: 4 minutes The Gibara Film Festival is off the beaten track in Cuba, in a small friendly town located at the end of a winding road heading northeast from Holguin. We have been intent on visiting this small town for several years after hearing about the popular annual film festival hosted each May, and it was definitely worth making the effort!

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Caledonia Worldwide celebrates 20 Years of Cultural Travel in Cuba

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Reading Time: 3 minutes All those years ago, in February 1998, we launched the very first of our Cuban dance holidays, hoping that they would appeal to people who wanted to  learn to dance and also experience a slice of authentic Cuban culture. And here we are, 20 years on, celebrating 2 decades of  Cuban dance (and music) holidays with hundreds of happy travellers.

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In search of the real Cuba: A tailormade trip around La Isla Bella

Reading Time: 6 minutes Are you looking for a more culturally immersive holiday? Val recently travelled to Cuba on a tailormade holiday organised by Caledonia. Read on to find out more about her trip in search of the real Cuba and why escaping the from the gates of the beach resort is more rewarding.

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International Choir Festival Cuba – a musical adventure of a lifetime

Reading Time: 3 minutes If you love to sing and love to travel to exotic locations, this is the trip for you!  Santiago de Cuba, the second city of Cuba nestling in the foothills of the Sierra Maestra mountain range, is the undisputed home of choral music in Cuba and hosts this well respected choir festival every two years. Join us from 28 Oct – 3 Nov 2019 for a musical experience of a lifetime.

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Why visit Cuba? The connection between Cuban culture and music

Reading Time: 5 minutes Are you ready for a cultural adventure in Cuba? Read our latest blog post by Patty who along with her husband Bob, took a tailormade trip to Cuba arranged by Caledonia. Both musicians, they became immersed into the world of Cuban music and fascinated by it’s presence in everyday life and culture.

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Learn Spanish in Havana: more than just learning a language!

Reading Time: 6 minutes Have you ever fancied going on holiday to Cuba and learning Spanish? Read our guest blog post by Val who enrolled on a Spanish course in Havana and gained much more than a new set of language skills!

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“Cuba Music Holiday: The Trip of a Lifetime!”

Reading Time: 4 minutes Interested in diving into the world of Cuban music? Bob and his wife Patty recently joined our Cuba Music Holiday in Santiago de Cuba. Both passionate musicians, their visit proved to be an experience of a lifetime. Read on to find out more about their trip…

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The Austrian Tirol: a perfect school trip destination

Reading Time: 5 minutes Caledonia recently took a school group out to the Austrian Tirol for a German language and culture trip. With its dramatic mountains, strong cultural heritage and easy access using flights into Innsbruck, read on to find out how the Tirol offers students a culturally immersive language learning experience.

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5 essential travel apps to download for a trip to Cuba

Reading Time: 5 minutes With internet access scarce in Cuba, check out our top 5 pick of offline travel apps which can help you on your Cuban holiday to navigate around the country, it’s economy and culture.

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Exploring Eastern Cuba: Our 5 top things to do in Baracoa

Reading Time: 5 minutes Want to get off the beaten track in Cuba? Travelling to Baracoa in the Eastern province, a lesser-known region with a strong individual character offers beautiful hiking trails and surrounding nature with a distinctive cuisine. Read on to discover our top 5 picks for Baracoa.

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Why did I book a dance holiday when I had never danced before?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Ever fancied going to Cuba to learn salsa from scratch? Read on about Leanne’s trip of a lifetime and her experience as a complete beginner in Cuban dance.

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Western Wonders: Exploring Central and Western Cuba

Reading Time: 5 minutes Tempted to explore the Central and Western regions of Cuba? Our newest team member Caron shares her experience of La Isla Bella.

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