New country souvenir, Cuba, with Geocache of the Week: Virtual Reward – Fusterlandia

by Winterwolfe
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Today, we release a new country/regional souvenir for Republic of Cuba! If you have found a geocache in Cuba, you automatically receive the souvenir on your profile.

The Republic of Cuba sparkles at the intersection of the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean. It is comprised of the island of Cuba (from which it draws its name), Isla de la Juventud, and several other exquisite archipelagos. From the urban pastels of Havana, to the dramatic mountains and rocky outcrops of the Viñales Valley and more than 300 dazzling beaches, Cuba is a dream destination for the discerning geocacher.

This heart is in Havana. Image by cactuslover.

Our geocache of the week is located in Havana, the heart of Cuba—in fact, it’s placed right in someone’s backyard! Virtual Reward – Fusterlandia celebrates the life and work of José Rodríguez Fuster, a cherished Cuban artist and the creator of a sprawling and fantastic work of public art—Fusterlandia!

Image by Footnotes coach. 

The first Virtual Cache in Cuba, this was placed in 2018 as part of the Virtual Rewards program, and it’s easy to see why this eccentric and eclectic locale was chosen.

Image by beemerdon.

Fusterlandia began in Fuster’s backyard in 1975, but didn’t stop there. His extraordinary creation soon spilled out of his artist’s studio into the yards of his neighbors, sparking a revitalization and reimagination of the neighborhood of Jaimanitas.

Image by suijayne.

Inspired by artists such as Gaudi, this massive public art is ‘naïve,’ meaning that it uses easily recognizable childlike shapes in bright, evocative colors.

Image by Ramsey63.

If you visit, Fusterlandia is located to the west of the city center, a short taxi or bus ride from downtown. The Virtual Cache encourages finders to locate their favorite piece in the sprawling sculpture garden. What secret gems will you discover hidden in Fuster’s backyard masterpiece? 

We know geocachers love country and regional souvenirs and we do too! We are releasing at least one new country/regional souvenir per month starting in January 2019. These new souvenirs will be featured alongside Geocaches of the Week in each region and shared on the third Wednesday of each month. Check out all of the Geocaching souvenirs here.

Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.

Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.