Cuba

Cuban jinetero friends

cuban jinetero friends

Cuban people is in general kind and used to treat well to the tourist. You can sit with them to talk for a long time because they are not in hurry. They use to share all that they have even if they don’t have so much. So if you go to Cuba you must socialize with locals. It’s a new experience for us to see the life from a local cuban. They don’t need so much to enjoy, just sitting somewhere and watching the people walking around is enough. But … sometimes you can face with cuban jinetero friends and get scammed. What is “jinetero” and what they want from me? Jinetero its Cuban word to define who want’s to get money from the tourists; Most part of scams in Cuba are made by them. The police is trying to control it. Nowadays some local people is sent to prison…

Cuba

Airport official taxi scam

airport official taxi scam cuba

Usually the word “official” makes you think that you can trust it and that is the safest option. But in this case you should not trust them, but in this case, you should not trust because this is the airport official taxi scam. What does this scam consist of? Once you arrive to arrivals of Havana airport it’s easy to be scammed by a taxi driver. When we saw an information point and we decided to go there to ask about taxis…  With a big smile the girl of the information point said us that she has a friend that works in official taxi at the airport and he will drop us on our “Renta” (Private house that you can rent) This mistake cost us 30CUC to go to San Lázaro street … How to avoid taxi scam? If someone comes to you to offering taxi services just say “No gracias” with…

Cuba

Cuban dual currency CUC and CUP

Cuban dual currency CUC and CUP

As you perhaps already know, in Cuba, they use the Cuban dual currency CUC and CUP. Both of them aren’t international traded. For tourist is confusing the fact to be used to two different currencies. Its easy get CUP mixed up with CUC and bad intentioned persons can take the advantage to cash you more for something. give you the money exchange back in CUP instad of CUC. Actually 1 CUC = 1$ = 27 CUP. With food its quite easy to do a mistake, for example one buger on Old Havana can cost 6CUP (0.25$ aprox.) but in Europe and USA a hamburger can cost 6$ so its easy to pay 6CUC by mistake. How to avoid Cuban dual currency CUC and CUP scam? Don’t be in hurry, take your time to get used to this two currencies. Ask to the owner of your “Renta” or Hotel to explain…

Cuba

Original Cohiba seller on the streets

original cohiba seller

While you walk through Havana street it’s quite easy to find people offering you famous brand cigar boxes. Don’t buy cigars on the street is one of the most common scams in Cuba. Usually, they buy on streets for 1 peso Cubano (0.05$) and they put the original sticker and boxes. Usually, they invent that they know a friend who works in Cohiba factory and he picks and sells later so much cheaper. Some other scammers say that they have a cigar cooperative and they have really good prices. Sometimes these cigars are contaminated with pesticide, infected of bugs or mold being really dangerous for your health How to avoid fake cigars scam? It’s easy! Just don’t buy cigars on street or someone house. It doesn’t matter what they say or how good look the cigars, don’t buy. If you want original cigars to go to the official shop. How…