Smithsonian Journeys Travel Quarterly: Cuba

A Photojournalist Captures Dramatic Portraits of Dancers in the Streets of Cuba

For Gabriel Davalos, photography is about storytelling

Lime Marinade, Cohiba Cigar Cases and Other Unique Gifts You Can Buy in Cuba

Korda captured this iconic image of the Cuban revolutionary by chance.

The Story Behind Che's Iconic Photo

Fashion photographer Alberto Korda took Che Guevara's pictures hundreds of times in the 1960s. One stuck

Three Taíno Indian sisters pose during a family pig roast in eastern Cuba, where there’s a small but growing movement to explore the indigenous culture that Columbus encountered in 1492.

Searching for Cuba's Pre-Columbian Roots

A newfound quest for identity has led some Cubans to reclaim their Taíno Indian heritage

A Brief History of the Rumba

Born out of slavery in 19th-century Cuba, the lively music and dance form takes many shapes

Tourists and Cubans gamble at the casino in the Hotel Nacional in Havana, 1957. Meyer Lansky, who led the U.S. mob’s exploitation of Cuba in the 1950s, set up a famous meeting of crime bosses at the hotel in 1946.

When the Mob Owned Cuba

Best-selling author T.J. English discusses the Mob's profound influence on Cuban culture and politics in the 1950s

Holy card from the collection of Emilio Cueto

The Surprising History of Cuba's Patron Saint

Nicknamed "Cachita," the 15-inch-tall wooden figurine of the Virgin Mary unites Cubans across class and race lines

Memories of a Runaway Cuban Slave

A former sugar plantation slave recalls fleeing to a cave in the woods and the new dangers that awaited him there

These women in traditional dress are preparing for a street performance in Havana. Despite laws guaranteeing racial equality, black Cubans are generally poorer than whites. And with fewer relatives abroad, they typically receive less in remittances.

There's Much More to Cuba Than Cigars and Vintage Cars

The country’s most celebrated blogger discovers her homeland anew while working as a tour guide

During an initiation ceremony for the Afro-Cuban secret society called Abakuá in the Havana district of Regla, a young aspirant depicts Aberisún, an ireme, or spirit messenger.

Venture Inside Cuba's Secret Societies

From Masons to Santería priests, photographer Nicola Lo Calzo offers a glimpse into the island's many subcultures

A wave splashes over the Malecón in Havana.

Homage to Havana

A Smithsonian director ponders the allure of Cuba's capital city

A bartender mixes a drink at O'Reilly 304.

The New Nightspots Transforming Havana's Social Scene

Chic is rapidly replacing gritty in many of Havana's newly imagined gathering spots

Chock-full of smoked meats and native vegetables like corn, plantains, and squash, ajiaco is a mainstay of Cuban cooking.

Ajiaco, Cuba in a Cauldron

With origins in the island’s oldest culture, <i>ajiaco</i> is a stew that adapts to the times

Traveling to Cuba? Here's What You Need to Know

While travel between Cuba and the U.S. is now possible, restrictions remain in place

A rehearsal takes place at Teatro América, on Galiano Street in Havana. From the outside, the theater is nothing special, concealed behind a dull screen of gray polygon concrete. But step inside and you’ve entered the museum that is Cuban architecture.

Havana's Hidden Architectural Gems

The city's eclectic architecture is both extraordinary and imperiled

Smithsonian Journeys Travel Quarterly: Cuba

Explore the deepest corners of Cuba's culture and history, and discover the startling transformations happening now

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