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Cuba

Republic of Cuba/República de Cuba

Region: Central America

Area: 110,86 thous. sq. km

Capital: Havana

Major cities: Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Camagüey, Holguin, Guantanamo

Climate: tropical, moderated by northeasterly winds that blow year-round

Languages spoken: Spanish

Religion: Catholics

Local time: GMT -5

Calling code: +53

Currency: peso

Credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, American Express

Visa: required for EU, US, CIS, Israel, and Japan nationals. For more details please visit http://www.visahq.com/visas.php

Transport: air transport, rail transport, motor transport, water transport

International airports (cities): Havana

Health care system in Cuba represented by state medical centres is one of the most efficient in the world. Health checkup programmes and treatment here complies with world standards. The major advantage of Cuban medicine is high qualification of medical professionals. They have profound theoretical and practical training. Many doctors lead active scientific research in the sphere of genetic engineering and biotechnologies; develop new vaccines, medications, and unique methods of treatment.

Cuba has achieved the greatest success in the treatment of dermatological and oncologic diseases, Parkinson disease, meningitis, hepatitis, cardio-vascular diseases and defects. Each year, Cuba receives over 20 thousand overseas patients with such diseases, mainly from Canada, the USA, Latin America, Western Europe, and the CIS countries. Lately, the services of plastic surgeons have become largely popular.

They have developed innovative technologies in Cuba for treating the diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system, designed rehabilitation programmes for restoring the functions and structure of the nervous system. Medical centres employ experienced neurosurgeons, neuropathologists, neuropsychologists, logopaedists (speech therapists), and rehabilitation therapists. Patients are provided with highly professional medical help along with required care and emotional support. Each patient is treated applying individual approach and personal involvement. Programmes for overseas patients comprise complex or specialised checkup, individually designed intensive therapeutic programme, and surgical intervention if needed. Cuban specialists have developed and apply the tests for determining the activity of the central and peripheral nervous system, as well as a unique method of selective dorsolateral subtalamotomy for treating Parkinson disease. In surgical treatment of the diseases of the nervous system they apply the methods of mini-invasive stereotactic surgery.

Simply striking results are achieved in Cuba in the treatment of psoriasis, vitiligo, pigment retinopathy, and alopecia. The treatment is performed applying exclusive Cuban methods by individually designed programmes. Placental medications that have no side-effects and ensure amazing treatment results are manufactured only in Cuba. Practically all patients having undergone the course of skin disease treatment in Cuba are cured once and for all. Possibly, the result depends not on the methods proper, but also on the climate and natural healing power of the island.

Recommended time for treatment: all year round.

Picturesque, hot, sunny, and exotic Cuba is an Earthly Paradise which is attracting more and more tourists from all over the world each year. Gorgeous snow-white sandy beaches, crystal clear sky-blue water, coral reefs, flora and fauna of unique beauty, warm welcome and hospitality of the Cubans are unfailingly winning the hearts of foreign tourists. Residents of the USA, Canada, Western European and Latin American countries come here both to have a rest on the pristine Caribbean coast and to recover, improve their immunity and undergo the course of amazing Spa procedures.

Taking avail of the natural climatic factors, in Cuba they successfully cure vitiligo, alopecia, psoriasis, dermatitis, and malfunctions of the thyroid gland. Throughout the country’s territory there are comfortable and convenient centres for Spa- and talassotherapy. Tarara resort is located on one of the finest beaches along the entire coast. The waters of the Caribbean Sea are widely used here for various water procedures, wrappings and masks. Sunny climate, fresh air and water produce a restorative effect and improve health, and also strengthen the immunity significantly.

Holguin is the second major Cuban resort. It is located in the area of the most gorgeous beaches of the country — Playa Esmeralda, Guardalavaca and Playa Pesquero. Hotels roll in the sea of greenery; next to the mud springs there are exotic Spa centres, making use of all healthful natural components. Hospitable and friendly staff offer their visitors a range of restorative and relaxation procedures — massages, baths, mud wrappings, face and body care programmes.

Spa and recovery centres of the Cayo Coco island annually host about 6,000 patients from all over the world. Relaxation therapy helps relieve stress, fatigue, restore vigour, and increase vital tonus.

The Southern pearl of Cuba is how the town of Cienfuegos is referred to. It is famed for its purest beaches and crystal clear sea water. There are dozens of Spa centres here, which offer luxury programmes and procedures with the use of mineral springs and waters of Ciego Montero.

The province of Pinar del Rio is at the western end of the island of Cuba. UNESCO has listed its two territories as World Biosphere Reserves — Sierra del Rosario and Guanahacabibes Peninsula. Unparalleled mineral water springs, purest air, unique flora and fauna have a favourable effect on human immunity, produce a revitalizing and generally invigorating effect.

3*- from €75;

4*- from €90;

5*- from €130.

Ajiaco criollo (thick stew with various types of vegetables and meat), congri (white rice cooked with coloured beans), ropa vieja (shredded flank steak in a tomato sauce base), Coppelia ice-cream, platanos (baked bananas).

Castillo San Salvador de la Punta (the splendid fortress designed to protect the entrance to the Havana Bay during the period of corsairs), the National Literacy Museum (the symbol of the campaign to make all illiterate Cubans literate within one year announced by Fidel Castro in his speech to the United Nations in 1960), La Ermita de la Caridad del Cobre (or Virgin Mary Cathedral built in 1656), the Ernest Hemingway Museum (Hemingway worked on some of his most famous books here including For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea).

Teatro National de Cuba, National Zoo (the largest zoo in America famous for its lions' pit, African savanna, and numerous fauna species), Tropicana nightclub (stages nightly open-air cabarets), Varadero beaches.

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