Best Places to go in Cuba

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Best Places to go in Cuba

Best Places to go in Cuba

When you think of Cuba, we all have one image in mind…mojitos and wild salsa dance 🙂 At least I do!

I visited Cuba in December and I was really excited as it was my first sponsored trip as photographer / Instagramer. I wasn’t sure if I was going to deliver what they expected from me.

However, before I went, I read 100 blogs about photography in Cuba and I found a common thing in all of them: Light.

Light on earth can change depending on the latitude you’re in, and that is exactly what I read from these blogs. Light in Cuba is very unique during Sunrise and Sunset. What they call “Golden Hour” might have been named, maybe, after contemplating the light in Cuba.

So there I was, trying to capture the best Cuban light to inspire readers from around the world with my photos.

My first stop was La Habana. There you will see the typical colonial buildings from the Hispanic era, and old cars from the 50’s and the 60’s, since the US blocked the commerce back then, and they have been restoring these cars during the past 60 years.

I tried to capture both things, a colonial building with an old colorful car. I guess you can judge yourself if I did a good job 🙂







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After La Habana, they brought me to Cienfuegos. A colonial French city with beautiful buildings and an awesome sea shore. Here I wanted to capture those old cars in front of a different arquitecture and also, some sunset shots in front of the vast sea shore.







Next to Cienfuegos, almost an hour away, there is the most ancient colonial city in Central America, Trinidad.

Trinidad has such a beauty, that it makes you think you are actually living like they did in the 1700’s. The Spanish colony back then, had a single idea of arquitecture, based on the romans and the French. Trinidad is a fusion between these 2 styles of arquitecture, and in the middle, you find the active Cuban society. Unique.







Last stop, was the lost valley of Viñales!

Viñales is known in Cuba to be the region with the most tobacco plants in the island. The valley of Viñales is a vast region where you can only see tobacco plants surrounded by big mountains that create this amazing valley. Capturing the agriculture life there was incredible. They still use cows to help them bring the plants before they are processed.

My idea was to capture this vivid life during sunset, and also, to capture the singularity of the colors there.





I hope you enjoy the pictures I took and I hope you get an idea of how inspiring it is the light in Cuba!

In case you haven’t read my previous posts from Cuba:

10 Day Tour through Cuba















Also, if you’d like to edit photos like me, in just ONE CLICK, have a look at my Lightroom Presets for Mobile!


Best Snorkeling On Oahu

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Best Snorkeling Spot in Oahu


Best Snorkeling On Oahu

What is the first thing that comes to your mind if I say: Oahu? Exactly, palm trees, piña coladas, beach, surf, all those fun things we all heard about.

In this blog post I will talk about one of the most famous places to do snorkel in Oahu!

Hawaii is formed by a group of Islands: Hawaii, Maui, Molokai, Oahu and Kauai. These are the big ones, but there are other smaller ones. Oahu is the island where the capital of Hawaii is located, Honolulu. This is why it is easier to travel to than the other islands. However, the bigger island is Hawaii (it’s actually called like this – The big island).

If you’re in Oahu, you have many different beaches to go to, and practice almost any water sport you can imagine. Today I wanted to talk about this beautiful beach we found, called Hanauma Bay.

The ride from Honolulu to Hanauma Bay by car is around 30 minutes. You can get there by bus too, it’s only a few bucks if I remember correctly.

Hanauma Bay State Park is located at the far east part of the Island, about 30 min away from Honolulu by car/bus. The entrance fee is 7.50$ and there you can rent snorkeling gear for 25$/person.



When we went there, there weather was perfect, but you need to consider that any slight wind or cloudy day, will result negatively for snorkeling.

Hanauma bay in Oahu is perfect for snorkel for various reasons:

  1. The coral reef is not very deep, so you can swim along and discover all the little fish down there.
  2. The beach extension is very wide, so there is plenty of room for everyone to dive in from any spot
  3.  The animal diversity is amazing! We saw so many different types of fish. My favourite, a parrot fish!!

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You have to plan that you will spend from 4 to 6 hours there. You can have lunch at the beach with no problem at all.

So, do not even think about it!! If you have some spare time, you can’t miss this beautiful place! Many good memories here, awesome photos and felt like a dolphon for a while 🙂

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Thank you very much for reading!!!





Bali, The Ultimate 7 day Guide

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Community_800px_filled_blueBali is the destination you’ve been waiting for if you’re looking for adventure, instagramable photo scenes, amazing temples and great food diversity. With this guide, I will explain what we did in just 7 days on our first visit to the “Paradise Island”.

You have to consider that your days will start at 7am (or ealier depending on your jetlag) and will probably end at 9pm.

Day 1 – Uluwatu & Balangan beach

Since you probably landed in Denpasar airport, it’s best to stay in the area of Canggu, as it has lots of great accomodations and it is also very close to some beautiful sites.

We stayed at a wonderful villa we found at Berawa Beach Estate. There we had a wonderful pool by ourselves and an awesome continental breakfast every morning!


Our first day we rented a scooter as it is the most convenient and cheap way to move around Bali.

We headed to the south of Canggu, to visit the temple of Uluwatu.  This temple is located almost 1 hour away by bike and it is known to be one of the six most sacred temples in Bali. The place is fantastic as you can see the temple over a cliff near the sea and I can imagine the sunset is beautiful there!

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In this place you can have lunch for only 2$ and it is pretty decent.

After visiting Uluwatu for 2 hours, we decided to go to Jimbaran beach to see the sunset as it was close by and they had really recommended this place on the Lonely Planet book of Bali. However, once we got to Jimbaran beach, we saw it was very dirty and full of abandoned boats like if there had been a huricane or something, but it hadn’t.

So, I looked on TripAdvisor other close sites to see, and we found Balangan beach. I can guarantee that if you see the sunset in this place you will absolutly enjoy it!

Balangan Beach
Balangan Beach

Balangan Beach
Balangan Beach

After a long day remebering how to ride a scooter again and fighting against jetlag, we headed back to our villa in Canggu to rest a bit.

Day 2 – Canggu & Tanah Lot

We decided to discover the beautiful city of Canggu as we were already there and we had realised there were many things to see. In Canggu there is a very active social life. Many cafes, restaurants and shops that you can experience, at this surfer’s paradise!

We had a good & healthy lunch in Nüde restaurant, then we drove to Tanah Lot temple. It is only 20 minutes away from the area of Canggu by scooter.

Pura Tanah Lot, as it is officially known, is one of the most sacred temples in Bali along with Uluwatu. This place is very well know for its temples built in rocks in the sea. It is very peculiar to see and it is even more spectacular to see the sunset there.


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Nusa Penida

Nusa Penida

Nusa Penida
Can you spot me?

Nusa Penida

To go to Nusa Penida, its best if you book the fast boat in advance rather than the day before. This will avoid you paying extra money!

Not sure if you noticed, but I got a major sun burn on my neck, arms and legs!!

Pack some sunscreen!

After another peaceful night in our Hotel Grand Palace Bali the next day, was going to be a shopping and relaxing day in Canggu!

Day 7 – Canggu, pool time & shopping

Off course on every trip there has to be some relax. Our way of relax is simple, wake up late, eat a good breakfast, rest by the pool, siesta, and shopping in the afternoon!

Canggu is the perfect city for you to do all that, and more! As we mentioned before, Canggu is full of nice restaurants were you can eat anything for a few bucks!

Also, there are some really good clothes brands which I never heard about before, that I really like now. Atila & CO per exemple!

Not much left for this trip! If you have some questions, feel free to leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!

Also, you can find me on Instagram as @acecoolture go check my profile and follow my new adventures!


Peace & out!

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How to spend 10 days in Cuba

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Lonely PlanetWelcome back! I haven’t been posting anything since my last post of Croatia given a new job opportunity I’m working on. Now I’m very excited to share with you my recent adventure in Cuba!!

Travelling to Cuba can be the adventure you dreamed off! Specially, if your idea of adventure is to explore beautiful cities, hike through a jungle  or jump on a boat to go to a lost Cayo in the Caribbean sea!

Before you go to Cuba, there are a couple of things you need to consider:

  1. You need to buy a tourist VISA  that costs around 24€. I found a webpage that does it and they mail it to you in a couple of days (notice I said mail and not email jejeje). Find this webpage in this link: VISA FOR CUBA
  2. Also, it is very important to buy a health insurance. It seems very common that you get a stomach ache if you try any drink with ice. Not really sure why it happens but, the cost is not high and you can get good medical attention.

Once you have  your tourist visa and health insurance, you are good to go!


Personally, I like to plan our trips around 2 months before departure. I heard somewhere, that flights cost lower until 52 days before the departure date. After that period, they seem to increase every monday. So yes, you probably figured out I booked on Sunday 🙂


Regarding Hotels, I cannot recommend a time to book in advance, as it depends if its high or low season. Also, for this trip, we decided to only book hotels during our first nights in La Habana and leave the rest as part of the adventure.


In Cuba, it is very common to sleep in people’s houses called “Casas Particulares” or Private homes. These are normal houses that locals adapt for tourist, and they offer every service a hostal or B&B could have. I really recommend this option for tight budgets and even for the experience itself. The cost can go from 15 to 40 CUC (Cuban Peso), which is around 12 to 35€ per night.

There are some webs where you can find these particular houses, but, I recommend to book them once you’re there or to look at the ones of the Lonely Planet Book of Cuba (I got this as birthday present in July…coincidence?) 😆

Enough chat!!! Our adventure began in…

La Habana



First thing you want to do when you land in Cuba is change your chip. Get ready to be surprised, amazed and deceived.

Second thing you should do is change your money. In Cuba, there are 2 local currencies, CUC & CUP.

CUC, is the most used one and you normally get an exchange rate of 1€ = 1,14 CUCs.

CUP, is the currency in which the locals get their salary with 1 CUC = 25 CUPS.

We didn’t exchange any amount in CUPs just because we thought we wouldn’t need any and it was fine the whole trip.

The office to exchange currency is just outside the terminal. There is a cue that takes you around 20 minutes. It is probably smart if someone waits for the suitcase and the other goes to exchange money, everything can take you 20 min each.

Alright! Now you have money in your pockets and you are looking for a taxi, right? Well, Cuba is also special for that. There are normal taxis and “taxi colectivo”, which means a collective taxi or some type of Uber Pool, but without the app in your mobile.

However, at the airport we didn’t see any taxi colectivo and we went with the regular yellow ones. We paid 30 CUC for a ride to the center of La Habana.

Tip: Ask for the total cost of the ride before!

I heard there are buses that get you to the city center for 2 CUCs but, depends on the time you arrive, for us it was too late (22:00).

We made our first stop at a very nice boutique hotel in the area of Vedado called La Reserva Vedado. We chose this place as it seemed very peaceful and we wanted to enjoy a relaxed ambient during our first night. Simon, the owner, was very kind from the begining and also his staff. The hotel has design touches of minimalism with a little art deco, combined with a colonial-type arquitecture.


Breakfast is full of everything you could imagine in the Caribbean: mango juices, french toasts, tropical fruit and excellent coffee and tea. You can also order any type of omelet or scrambeled eggs.


There is a lady at La Reserva called Susel, who also helped us arranging our transports to the other locations we wanted to visit.

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The next morning  we started our exploration and we went to the Necropolis of Cristobal Colon. Once, the discoverer was burried there, but the Spanish authorities claimed his body back to Spain. The entrance, is 5 CUC, and I have to say, I’m not a big fan of graves, but I wanted to take a picture I really liked.


Our next stop was “La plaza de la Revolución”, the official translation would be “The Revolution square”. This is where you can see 2 huge drawings of Ernesto Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos.

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In that same square there is a huge tower that you can visit. The entrance is worth 1 CUC and if you take the elevator to the top it’s 3 CUC more. There are nice views from above and it is a good way to see La Habana and all the different districts.

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Going away from the Revolution square, you can get lost through La Habana vieja, which is the old part of the city. There you can find colorfull streets full of artists and musicians that will cheer you up!💃🏼


Time for a drink! To enjoy a cold beer or cocktail, you can go to the new hotel in the city, The Kempinsky Gran Manzana. There is a nice rooftop bar with an infinity pool with excellent views of The Capitol.


If you continue walking towards the Capitol, the street in front has many colorfull houses which I’m sure you’ve seen in some tour guides. It is a bit difficult and dangerous to take a great photo given there is traffic around you and you need to stop between the two lanes.


It is very easy to get lost in the little streets of La Habana vieja (Old Habana) and bump into scenes like this one…

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Next to the little streets in La Habana vieja you can find the chinese district. We didn’t really go in and explore but, the ambient there is very nice with many low cost food options.


Following the chinese district and almost about to finish our first day, we went to the famous Malecon. This is a concrete barrier in the sea shore of La Habana, that prevents the waves to go over it.

It is a must visit at sunset/sunrise, as you prefer. In front you can see El Morro, which is an ancient Spanish fortress when los conquistadores use to be here.


After enjoying a beautiful sunset at El Malecon, we went to our next boutique hotel in Old La Habana.

Revolution boutique hotel is located in the very heart of La Habana, near a very popular street called Obispo. This great boutique hotel has 4 rooms and each one of them expresses comfort and relax.


At the Revolution hotel you will find peace in this active district. The staff is very kind and hospital. We really enjoyed the tropical breakfast with fresh squeezed passion fruit juice! The rooms are very comfy, specially the bed.


What I enjoyed the most is having a nice cup of coffee in the mini garden type terrace.

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The next morning we grabbed a shared taxi and went to Trinidad. Usually, shared taxis have other travellers, but, for some reason we went on our own. It costed us 100 CUC and it took us 4 hours from La Habana.



Trinidad is a beautifull colonial city. The best conserved colonial city in Latin America! Many people are shocked by their nice buildings when they arrive, and I must say, it feels like if you go back in time like 50 years.

The town itself is not very big and the streets have this little stones all over the road, which feels a bit uncomfortable to walk in sandals.

Trinidad is full of colorfull houses and nice restaurants to eat almost any type of food.

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Really nice streets to have a stroll and enjoy the colorfull views of the city!

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In Trinidad there are 2 wifi spots only. To get internet acces you have to buy an internet card at the ETECSA store (phone company) and with a code you enter it and you can connect. However, there are 100 people connecting to the same wifi and speed is something you need to remove from your expectations. The cost of 1 hour is 1 CUC (1,00$)

The next morning we hired a shared taxi with some new friends and we went to a beach called Playa Ancon.

The ride was 4 CUC each couple and it took us only 20 min to get there.

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Playa Ancón was very calm, not many tourist there and you could go under an umbrela for free.

Later, there was a beach bar that you could have lunch, it wasn’t super great quality, but we enjoyed it.

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Endless white sand beaches to enjoy nice strolls!

By mid afternoon, we went back with another shared cab. That day, we decided to visit all the little streets we didn’t see at the begining and suddenly, we turned into a street full of artists sharing their paintings and other pieces of art!

I have to say we already had the idea of buying a little cuban painting but…I wasn’t expecting to fall in love at first sight😍. This huge painting of a little cuban boy smiling like if there was no tomorrow, struck me to my deepest feelings.

I promise I will share a photo once I’m able to buy a frame, but I’m still looking for the best one.


After two days in Trinidad of good food, great ambient and very kind people, we took a bus to Cienfuegos!

The regular line that goes there is called Viazul. The ride costs 6 CUC and it takes around 1 hour. Check out their fares and routes here.



We decided to stay only 1 day in Cienfuegos as we didn’t see many spectacular sights in our Lonely Planet guide. However, I must say, the city itself has a french touch fruit from the first settlers back in the 1800’s.

In Cienfuegos, there is an active night life towards the bay called “Punta Gorda”, where most of the hotels are. We went to watch the sunset there and then we also had dinner in a restaurant close to the bay.


To move around Cienfuegos , it is easier to grab a tricycle, they are a bit slow, but they will take you almost anywhere for 2 CUC. We decided to grab one and we went to Punta Gorda to watch the sunset.
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This view was from one of the buildings in the square which is transformed as a museum. To visit the building costs 1 cuc and as you can see you have great views from above.
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As I was saying, we went to Punta gorda to enjoy of a beautifull sunset while sipping a Mojito. Sadly, that Mojito made me sick for the next 2 days. I mentioned it at the begining of this post, if you order a cocktail or even a glass of water, make sure you ask how are the ice cubes made. Unless they specify they are made with bottled water, ask to remove the icecubs from your drinks.
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Next morning, in order to avoid a long trip from Cienfuegos to our next stop, Viñales, we decided to grab a taxi. It only cost us 50 CUC and it took us 4 hours to get there. By bus, it is probably cheaper, but, it takes longer and in my situation, I preferred to be able to stop.


Viñales is known for the tabaco fields, the red soil and the beautiful landscapes. We stayed in Viñales for 2 nights, but I can guarantee I could have stayed 1 week.

On our arrivial, we met Doña Hilda, I would say the best shared house in Viñales but, we only went to 1. However, I can say it was the best shared house we rented in Cuba!

Doña Hilda is a lady over her 50’s that has a house with 4 individual rooms, right at the entrance of Viñales. Ana, her grand daughter, took care of us the whole time. She noticed I was feeling sick, so they adapted the meals for me.

That first day, we had like 4 hours left of light so, we decided to do the tour through the valley. You can either do it by horse (typical) or walking, which is a 3 hour hike with lots of photo spots.


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After a long day on the road sick, and 3 hour tour through the fields of Viñales, it was time for some rest.

Next morning we decided to visit Cayo Levisa. Many people recommended this one day trip from Viñales, and I must say it is was definetly worth it. In the center of tourism in Viñales, you can buy a 1 day tour to Cayo Levisa for 35 cuc each. First, you take a 1 hour bus to the coast, and then you grab a mini boat that takes 30 min to the island.

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Cayo Levisa is this, white sand beaches with not many people. There is also an hotel in the island, which in my opinion, as there isn’t much to do there.

Sadly, this was our last day in Cuba, so I hope you have enjoyed this post and you are now adding Cuba on your bucket list 😉

Please let me know your comments and any questions you might need to know for your trip –>


@ACECOOLTUREHave a great day and thanks for reading!