Due to fuel crisis, during the 1990s, Cubans have since looked for alternative transportation means. The cycle rickshaws called “bicitaxis” have been some of them. A fine way to move across the narrow streets of Old Havana, these human-powered taxi is one of the cheapest means of transport in the city, its fares ranging from 1 to 3 CUCs, depending on the ride.
The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, is a museum complex located in the heart of Havana. Occupying two buildings near Paseo del Prado, the Palacio de Bellas Artes, is destined to Cuban art, while the Palacio del Centro Asturiano displays works from all ages and places of the world. Its coffers hold over 45.000 pieces, and include the greatest collection of Cuban art in the world, beside works from the most acknowledged European schools and important pieces of ancient art from Greece, Rome, and Egypt.
The Ambos Mundos, built in the beginnings of the 20th century, is an Eclectic-style hotel with five stories, erected in the site where once stood an ancestral home. It became worldly famous after being the first lodging in Cuba for the notorious American author Ernest Hemingway, who dwelt there almost permanently from 1932 to 1939. His room has been preserved as he left it, and is displayed as a little museum.
El Capitolio, or National Capitol Building in Havana, Cuba, was the seat of government in Cuba until the Cuban Revolution in 1959, and is now home to the Cuban Academy of Sciences. Prior to the Revolution, the Cuban Congress was housed in the building. When the Congress was abolished and disbanded after 1959, the building lost its purpose as the House of the People. Later, it ended up as the headquarters of the Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment. As of 2013, the Government of Cuba is restoring the building for using it once again as the home of Cuba’s National Assembly.
The Plaza de la Revolución is a public square in the city of Havana. Located in the homonymous municipality, the square measures 72,000 square meters. It was first constructed in times of president Fulgencio Batista, and was originally called Plaza Cívica (CIvic Square).
Tapas bar located in the central 17 Street of Vedado, the Madrigal is a meeting point with the culture of Havana. The bar itself occupies the second story of a carefully restored 1919 building, and it’s decorated with art pieces, photographs, and original artifacts related to the movies industry. The view, by the other hand, is splendid.