Traveller Ian Wright skydives onto a Havana
beach, where he begins his journey through
Cuba & Haiti. He explores the bustling street markets
in Havana and discovers the back-streets which throb
to the sound of the Rumba.
From Havana Ian travels west to the tobacco province
of Pinar del Rio where he lends a hand
to the guajieros, visits a cigar factory and stays in
the somewhat unusual holiday resort built by Fidel Castro's
lover. Ian visits the site of the American invasion
in the Bay of Pigs before arriving
in Santa Clara, home of the Che Guevara
University, where the famous revolutionary's memory
is still very much alive.
Camaguey is the wild west of Cuba.
Ian tries his hand at rodeo and visits a paladar. Just
outside Holguin he visits a marine
park where he swims with the dolphins - an awesome experience.
Santiago de Cuba is the music capital
of the country. Ian visits El Cobre, takes a trip to Dinosaur Land, a bizarre
theme park built by criminals on community service,
and climbs the Gran Piedra.
Ian continues his journey to Port au Prince - the capital of Haiti, which is the oldest black republic
in the world. He stays in Haiti's most famous hotel,
The Oloffson, immortalised in the Graham Greene novel
The Comedian. After a quick visit to Jacmel to witness a cockfight, Ian gets involved in
a peasant festival where he joins the Rara bands.
In Souvenance, the most sacred site
in Haiti, Ian is invited to a voodoo ceremony. Ian ends
his journey in Cap Haitien in the north,
where he pays a visit to a spectacular citadel.