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National Geographic Traveler: Cuba, 5th Edition
By (author): Christopher Baker Photographs by: Pablo Corral Vega Photographs by: Cristobal Vega
9788854415102 Paperback, Trade English General Trade TRAVEL / Caribbean & West Indies Oct 29, 2019
$25.99 CAD
Active 4.97 x 7.85 x 0.81 in 272 pages 130 COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS, 20 MAPS National Geographic
The National Geographic Traveler guidebooks are in tune with the growing trend toward experiential travel. Each book provides inspiring photography, insider tips, and expert advice for a more authentic, enriching experience of the destination. These books serve a readership of active, discerning travelers, and supply information, historical context, and cultural interpretation not available online.

Visitors to Cuba discover a sensual, sometimes surreal island country that embodies everything that is good about the Caribbean and Latin America. The guide’s maps and useful information allows the traveler to experience many of the colonial legacies that evoke the 1950s such as Cuban baseball and rum and cigar making. Travel advice and information has been updated in this edition, written by Christopher P. Baker, an expert on Central and South America. It covers all of the main cities and regions of Cuba and helps the visitor discover this Caribbean island’s best-kept secrets. It explores the lively capital city, Havana, in all of its color and charm as well as the fascination of Trinidad, Remedios, and other colonial cities. Visitors will discover that even the rural landscapes have a timeless beauty and that the beaches and coral reefs are simply breathtaking.

TOP NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL DESTINATION: Cuba has become a new travel hot spot since the U.S. State Dept. relaxed regulations on travel to the Caribbean island in 2015. 2017 was a record year for Cuba’s tourist industry, with an estimated 4.7 million travelers rolling into the Caribbean’s largest nation.

CUBA ON MOST TRAVELERS’ BUCKET LIST: With its attractive tropical climate, its pristine beaches, colonial architecture, and distinct cultural history.

CUBA IS AN EDEN for nature lovers and culture vultures: the island has 253 protected areas, 257 national monuments, 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 7 Natural Biosphere Reserves, and 13 Fauna Refuge zones.

NEWLY UPDATED CRUISE INFORMATION: A two-page feature explaining the new regulations for travel to the island by U.S. citizens, and outlining the best cruises to get a flavor of Cuba, a place that has been out of reach to most Americans for nearly 60 years.

EXCITING FEATURES AND SUGGESTIONS: Provides a game plan for visitors, with a focus on active experiences that give travelers behind-the-scenes possibilities; insider tips from National Geographic photographers, writers, and experts; not-to-be-missed lists; and practical ways to best use your time in Cuba.

INFORMATION NOT AVAILABLE ONLINE. Both the text and the photos in this guide come from experts who have skillfully portrayed the island’s evolution in all of its facets. Cuba is a mixture of its colonial heritage, a fusion of Latin and Caribbean spirits and the sensuality of its traditional music, art and dance, all of which meld with the fervor of the social development that is constantly taking place on the island. The eye of two South American photographers combine with the observations of an expert travel advisor to guide visitors on their discovery of Cuba’s unique and profound soul.

After studying geography at the University of London and Latin American studies at the University of Liverpool, CHRISTOPHER P. BAKER settled in California and established a career as a travel writer, photographer, and lecturer. He has authored and photographed the National Geographic Traveler guidebooks to Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Panama. His more than 20 other books include Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro’s Cuba and two coffee table books: Cuba Classics: A Celebration of Vintage American Automobiles and Enchanting Costa Rica. Baker—the Lowell Thomas Award 2008 Travel Journalist of the Year—has written for more than 200 international publications, including CNN Travel, National Geographic Traveler, and Robb Report. He has spoken at the National Geographic Society (televised live); has been profiled in USA Today; and has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, NPR and Fox TV, among other radio and TV outlets. He escorts National Geographic Expeditions tours and photo expeditions to Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, and Panama.

Author Residence: Palm Springs, CA

Author Hometown: Yorkshire, England


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