Cubans return to the land to survive as pandemic keeps tourists away
20 February 2021 | 8:22 am
In the picturesque town of Vinales, a popular tourist getaway in rural Cuba, terraces of restaurants and lodges are empty. After the pandemic brought the budding prosperity of this town to a grinding halt, many were forced to leave their jobs in tourism and return to working the land.
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