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Travel is all to do with doors: exploring what lies beyond them. For journeys in Latin America, though, the Spanish word puerta is a better term: it covers a multitude of openings, from the creaky old door of the Hotel Caribbean in the Cuban capital, to the Gate of the Sun that invites weary hikers on the Inca Trail to marvel at, then descend to, Machu Picchu.

There's more to this Caribbean island than the beach

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Album: Various artists, Gilles Peterson Presents Havana Cultura (Brownswood)

An odd one this: CD one is a bunch of new recordings featuring the Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca, produced by Peterson, while CD two features the global DJ's current favourite Cuban grooves.

The Tropicana: Seventy and still clubbing

Since it opened in 1940, Cuba's legendary nightspot has hosted Mafia dons, Hollywood stars and Soviet leaders

City slicker in Havana

The pace of change in Cuba is speeding up, so visit soon. Lydia Bell offers a guide for new and returning visitors

Album: Various Artists, Gilles Peterson Presents Havana Cultura (Brownswood Recordings)

It may be subtitled New Cuba Sound, but Havana Cultura demonstrates how the American economic blockade of Cuba still exerts an equivalent isolation on the island's musical development.

24-Hour Room Service: Hotel Saratoga, Havana, Cuba

Modern glamour, Cuban style

Juan Almeida Bosque: Cuban vice-president who fought alongside Castro and Guevara

When Fidel Castro, Ché Guevara and a ragtag band of revolutionaries trundled victoriously into Havana on 8 January 1959, Juan Almeida's was the only black face at the head of their convoy. To the majority of the Cuban capital's residents – poor, black or mulatto (mixed race) – the sight of a black man in one of the leading jeeps was a comforting signal that the revolution would finally give them a voice.

Cuba: what everyone needs to know, By Julia E Sweig

Apart from the blind spot Sweig shares with all political scientists – a refusal to take the arts seriously, especially culpable in Cuba's case – this lucid Q&A-style survey more or less lives up to its subtitle.

Hollywood rediscovers rum, music and the magic of Havana

Big acting names travel to Cuban capital amid signs of thaw

Cubans clamour for Royal Ballet tickets

First tour in 78-year history sells out in hours

Travel Challenge: A beach holiday for singles outside the euro-zone

Every week, we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a particular holiday. Today: a one-week beach holiday outside the euro-zone, for single travellers. Prices are for departures in the first week of August in a double room for single occupancy, for seven nights.

American states lift 47-year ban as Cuba comes in from the cold

In a turning point for the entire region, foreign ministers of the Organisation of American States have agreed to lift a 47-year-old rule banning Cuba from their ranks, dating back to President John F Kennedy and the Cold War.

All Names Have Been Changed, By Claire Kilroy

Following in the footsteps of Donna Tartt, Claire Kilroy's third novel is a campus drama rich in arcane references and enigmatic happenings. Set in 1980s Dublin, the novel revolves around a group of mature creative-writing students and their volatile relationship with their tutor, the literary giant PJ Glynn.

US, Cuba agree to resume migration talks

The United States and Cuba have agreed to resume direct talks on migration, last held in 2003, and open discussions on establishing direct mail service between the two countries, a US official said today.

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