The ride from the jungle to the river was about an hour and it afforded the three of us time for a quick siesta.
3rd Stop: The River
As previously mentioned, it was comforting to be amongst the locals again, especially in such a serene setting. In case you are curious, never once was I treated rudely or differently because I was American. In fact, whenever a Cuban would discover that I was American they would get really excited and ask me a million questions.
After finishing the tour, we returned to the Nacional to use their glamorous pools and facilities. We figured since Marc was still staying there we should take advantage of his good fortune. Then Kristin and I switched casas back to Sergio and Miriam’s for the remainder of our stay. We decided to revisit Habana Vieja for dinner. I wish that I could remember the name of the restaurant we dined at that night, but the name escapes me now. The food was less than mediocre, which is what you will find throughout most of Cuba, however the atmosphere was superb. They had various types of exotic birds roaming around the restaurant and an excellent salsa band (possibly to distract you from the food?).
Stick to eating at your casas while in Cuba. The food your hosts will serve you will be much cheaper and I guarantee will taste tremendously better, not to mention will be more authentically Cuban.