Taguayabón, a village in Cuba, is a rich agricultural community linked to farming, with timeless rural life and unique architecture.
About The Village
Located in the heart of Cuba, Taguayabón is a small village with a rich agricultural history that mirrors the resilience and community spirit of Cuba as a whole. The village flourished as a vital center for farming, becoming an essential hub for cultivating a variety of crops. The agricultural practices shaped Taguayabón and the community’s identity through decades of hard work and shared traditions. With a backdrop of lush landscapes and a close-knit community, the village stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of rural Cuba.
Photos of Taguayabón
After spending a few days in Havana, we all went to Taguayabón to spend a couple of days there. I was traveling with a group from my church to support some local churches and bring some much-needed supplies. Supplies like medicine, toothbrushes and toothpaste, school supplies, and more. Whenever I had some downtown I went for walks to capture this farming community. I found rural Cuba to be really pretty and full of activity. Almost everywhere I looked there were people busily working.
Visiting Taguayabón, Cuba truly felt like a step back into the past. I felt like I was watching what life was like for most people around the world 60-70 years ago. There were people riding horses and horse carts for transportation. Also, most of the cars there were made in the 40s and 50s.
Some of the houses there had this very interesting architectural style. On the left and right of the houses they built what looked like harp-shaped designs. Not all the houses had this design, but a lot of them. I also noticed quite a few houses with partially completed second floors. I learned those second floors are for providing a home for a recently married son or daughter. So they would build a second floor above the parents for them to stay in. Building a second floor often takes years because Cubans are paid so little and all their supplies are rationed.
While I was there it was mango season. They had mango trees all over the place with mangos hanging from there. I got to eat some and they were incredible.