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  1. Jens
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    Hi Jo,

    I like your travel guide. Seems you had a very nice time in Cuba. I am currently planning a trip to Cuba myself and your experience made me interested in taking the Hershey Train. I would be travelling with all of my stuff (incl. camera and probably a good stock of Cuban cigars, rum and coffee). The ferry sounds like a fun experience too, but your experience made me worry I might end up losing all of it during the security inspections. Is there an alternative way to get from Havana to the Hershey Train stop in Casablanca?

  2. Vinicius
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    Hi! Your narrative made me very interested in taking this train!
    Are there limits for luggage in the train? Is it no problem to drop with a hard case suitcase and go all the way from Casablanca to Matanzas? I would like to take the train, and then just go to Varadero later, so I would need to take my luggage with me!

  3. ash
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    Hi Jo,
    I’m curious if you can shed any light on using the state-approved hitchhiking in Cuba? I’ve read a little about the “el amarillo” ( and would like to use it to go from varadero airport to the south coast, but am unsure how to go about finding the terminals and so on if i don’t speak any spanish. i’ve hitchhiked plenty around europe and south america, i wonder if it’s similar in cuba?


  4. Michael
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    Woah! Nice trip you had there, I wish I could take holiday and go there, need to plan my holiday soon.

  5. Alouise
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    Had no idea there was any train travel in Cuba. Looks like taking the Hershey Train is a fun trip. I wish there was more train travel where I live (Canada). I did take the train last year from Toronto to Ottawa and was pretty impressed that a ticket was only $25.

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