Getting to Baracoa
As my group of ten stood
in line at Havana’s José Marti International Airport to board the small
plane to Baracoa, Cuba, the slow moving queue came to a standstill.
While we watched, several crew members knelt down on the tarmac and
began whispering to each other and pointing as they inspected the belly
of plane. After a quick group conference, one of them
spoke quietly with flight personnel overseeing the boarding process.
One of the attendants then turned and beckoned to our group leader for
us to move forward to the front of the line.
later learned that during the boarding process the rear of the plane
was beginning to tilt from the weight of luggage and passengers already
on board. Since our group of ten empty seats was near the front of the
cabin, there was insufficient weight to balance the plane. To provide
the necessary balance, our group was hustled to the front of the line
for immediate boarding.
Thankfully the rest of the flight was uneventful. So as the plane
approached the Baracoa airport, I adjusted my seat belt to fit snugly
across my lap as instructed by the flight attendant. The airplane
descended low over the water enabling me to clearly see details on the
boats in the Baracoa Bay. So I tensed a bit when I didn’t see a runway.
Then the wheels suddenly touched down and I breathed a sigh of relief.
I’m not a scaredy cat flyer. Nevertheless, I was relieved to deplane and
see the “Bienvenidos A Baracoa” sign outside the tiny airport building.
Continue to read about my experiences in Baracoa and see pictures of some of the sites that I saw during my stay.
Baracoa Sites 1
Baracoa Sites 2
Baracoa Sites 3