Cienfuegos, Cuba

Thursday, April 25, 2013

After Havana, we headed South to Cienfuegos. We stayed with another nice family. They didn't speak any English and we didn't speak much Spanish, so it was a little tough to get to know them but we had a great time with them nonetheless.

Cienfuegos is a small, quiet city with great 19th century Spanish architecture and some French influence, along with the Palacio de Valle which resembles an ornate Moroccan casbah. We did a lot of walking and exploring. It's a beautiful city, especially considering it was bombed during the Cuban Revolution in 1957 for uprising against Batista. It was a lot cleaner and more quaint than Havana. Neat little neighborhoods with 2 story homes and not much traffic. The center of the city and the beach were both a short walk from where we were staying.

One of the days here, we took a ride out to Playa Rancho Luna and spent the day scuba diving around a ship wreck and relaxing on the beach.

- Yuriy

Palacio de Valle-- easily the nicest hotel in town, built in a Moroccan style. We went to the rooftop for a drink and some live music.


  1. What equipment are you shooting on? I'm blown away.

    1. Thanks, Daryl! We shot with a Nikon D700 and took the following lenses to Cuba (not sure if we used all on this particular post)... 85mm 1.8, 50mm 1.4, 45mm tilt-shift, 35mm 2.0, and 24mm 2.8. I see a lot of tilt and 35 in this post.

  2. One of my best friends is Cuban-she writes a blog called my big fat cuban family :) Love your photography!!

  3. My god, I have tears in my eyes these photos are just so beautiful! INCREDIBLE!!!!

  4. It's really cool that you guys stayed with families instead of hotels! Love the photos, Cienfuegos looks awesome.

  5. Amazing amazing photos.I've always wanted to go to cuba

  6. Cuba has never even been on my list before - but your photography just completely changed that. Stunning photos. So happy I've discovered your blog. (Also loving the idea of the 6 month travel honeymoon...)

  7. These photos are beautiful! Love seeing Cuba through your eyes/lenses :)