On one of our days in Cienfuegos, we hired a boat to take us out on the Bahía de Cienfuegos. This was not a fishing trip, although we met several fishermen during our day. Our trip was a chance to explore some of the small villages that line the bay.
Our boat picked us up at the entrance to La Laguna del Cura. We saw several fishing boats on their way out for the day. As we crossed the bay, we encountered more fishermen working to catch food for the day, with some extra to sell.
The first stop we made was was at Cayo Carenas. This island, in the middle of La Bahía, is home to families who make their living on the water. We visited the home of Rodrigo, who has lived his entire life on Cayo Carenas, fishing, and working as a pilot, guiding the large freighters and cruise ships through the entry channel.
From Cayo Carenas, we traveled to El Perché, a barrio in the town of Jaguas. El Perché sits on the western bank of the channel that connects the Bahía to the Caribbean.
We had a wonderful day, sailing across the bay, and exploring a side of Cuba that most visitors never get to see.