|Written by Albaro Rodriguez|
|Monday, 09 May 2011 23:44|
Below is a summary of questions over the web for bucadas tourists visiting Trinidad.
Where to Change Money?
Never make an exchange of money to any person on the street. This is best done at a bank branch, for example in the branches of the "Banco Metropolitano" where they have better rates and also change in the exchange houses known as CADECA or BANDEC branches (Bank of Credit and Commerce) and BFI (Banco Financiero International).
How to rent a car in Cuba?
. First you must find the hydrocarbons rental cars from different agencies.
. You must present a driving license (international or country of origin) with a minimum of one year and be 21 years.
. To book a car through the Internet we recommend you visit: www.havanautos.cu . They have many offices in all cities.
Where I can eat on the island?
You can go to restaurants in the state, where prices are high or eat in the "tastes" that are private homes that provide food with a government license. You can also reach an agreement with the private house where you are staying. It is not advisable to eat in homes or places without permission or unknown, the quality of the food may be low.
What is a private residence?
In Cuba, when we speak of a "Casa Particular" refers to a house in which one or two rooms Arenda tourists. Staying in private homes is one of the best ways to see Cuba, the Cuban people relate to and enjoy the great hospitality of the Cubans. It can rarely be a deep friendship with the hosts. A list of highly desirable homes is one of the main points of this page, so let me explain a little more about this way of knowing to Cuba.
It is important to know that there are particular house official and unofficial. To be the owner of a private house officer must pay state tax. These taxes are quite high (fixed rate from January 2011 to 1'ro least 200 CUC per room and extra month and once a year 40% of all admissions).
How do I know if a house is legalized?
In the houses there are no official security problems of any kind. The situation is different in a private home without a license. A friend took all his baggage in a house without a license. Police said there are enough hotels and licensed houses nearby and that was also his fault ... Sometimes the cheapest in the end is the most expensive! My suggestion: Go home on leave. And with your tourist card (visa for Cuba) you will only be able to stay in official houses. Also means that you are breaking the law!
Recommend whenever possible to get only a private home. Preferably the house is reserved in advance. Sometimes taxi drivers also want to charge commission even if you gave him the address. For this reason you should always mention that you found to get the direction www.Trinidadecuba.com
How relizar calls in Cuba?
Also in the telecommunications there are different deals depending on the money you use. So I give in the following lines are some tips for your calls in Cuba and abroad!
A local call costs 5 cents in Cuba per minute, a long distance call between 35 cents account (eg from Havana to Nueva Gerona - Isla de la Juventud) and 1 weight (eg from Havana to Santiago de Cuba). Monday to Saturday between 18:00 and 08:00 and on Sundays there is a 50% discount to all the domestic calls. Keep in mind that a call, depending on the phone you Utilica, charged in Pesos or CUC. So the phone call with a hard currency from Havana to Santiago de Cuba at the normal rate 1 CUC per minute, at the next corner with your national currency the same costs almost 25 times less, a weight (CUP) per minute . The line quality is the same!
Overseas calls can only be made in CUC (There is one exception: some countries can be called from a telephone operator particularly abroad. Costs have to pay the person you are calling. Cuba only has contracts with some countries on this service including Italy and Spain). Prices of international calls are very high. For example the cost of a call between Cuba and Europe between 4 and 4.40 CUC per minute!
A little difficult may be the precodicos one needs to make long distance calls:
For long distance calls to or from Havana Havana marked the first 0. For calls from other provinces, first dial 01.
Do I need a reservation to go to Cuba?
Not necessarily, when entering the country the Cuban authorities often ask which hotel to stay. If you do not have a voucher, email or any type of document printed with the name and address of the hotel (or private home), they insist that you book a 3 night stay at a hotel that they will offer (often with high prices). The best option is to have your booking prior to arrival and not to accede to this request to book a hotel.
Is Cuba a safe place?
Absolutely. Cuba is one of the safest countries in the world with a very low rate of violence. On the island, tourists are treated with respect by local people and be fascinated by the hospitality of our people. However it should take normal safety precautions: do not take more money than necessary in your wallet, do not leave your belongings carelessly, steer clear of improvised tour guides are not professionals, often unaware of Cuban history and culture and they are amiable to cheat tourists. In major cities you will find international clinics with 24 hour service. Insurance is available. No vaccinations are required to come to Cuba.
What I can legally take to Cuba?
Can be extracted from tobacco country for a maximum of 1000 CUC with a receipt of purchase of the stores authorized by the Cuban government, and only up to 23 cigars without receipts and up to six bottles of rum. To remove works of art must have a written permission from the "National Registry of Cultural Heritage Directorate of the Ministry of Culture."
Clarification-the art works acquired craft fairs (the candongas), need no permit to extract the country
There is a departure tax of the country.
Yes, leaving Cuba at all airports will charge a tax of 25.00 CUC
¿I can use in Cuba credit cards?
VisaCard MasterCard are accepted at most establishments. You can get cash cards in various banks and major hotels throughout the island, but it is advisable to bring cash because the extraction can take time and in many places can only be paid in cash. You can also use traveler's checks to pay for some services.