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Tao: The Gardens of the Queen

Published on 20 july 2017 at 0h00

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We left Santiago marina at 4.30 am to make sure that we would arrive the next day. The anchorage at Marea del Portillo is a lagoon, surrounded by mangrove.  We had hardly dropped anchor when the local authorities rowed over to stamp our cruising permit. Early the next day we sailed silently down channels rich with life which  meander between and under the mangroves. On land we met Georje and his family. They lived in the first house on the road into the village. They invited us to eat with them that evening, and without openly complaining, explained to us the reality of life in Cuba. The next day we brought them some rope, clothes, soap and some hair clippers.

The next part of the journey took us to the Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen). This is over 150 miles of outcrops of reefs and tiny islands covered in mangrove. At nightfall, a boat came ...

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