Meet the Cuban hotel owners turning to farming for survival

In the tropical town of Vinales, in the west of Cuba, restaurants and lodges stand empty. 80 per cent of the population rely on tourism as their main source of income, so the pandemic has brought this town’s budding economy to a grinding halt. Many locals have returned to the island’s roots, working the land for food and income.

“There was a time when there weren’t enough rooms for tourists coming to Vinales. There’s a story about some tourists who slept in a park because they wanted to stay in Vinales,” says Carlos Millo, a farmer who rents out rooms to tourists. “And people who are not foreign tourists,

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