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Claire Boobbyer

Cultural Explorer

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Claire fell in love with Cuba after her first trip to the island for Christmas in 1998. Since then, she has explored all corners of this fabled isle, and has written articles about the island for national newspapers, magazines, and numerous guidebooks.

Cuba's seductive musical rhythms, its gregarious people, its stunning beaches, glorious Spanish colonial architecture, cool mountain air, lethally good cocktails, and storied home-grown revolution, have continually piqued her interest.

Claire speaks fluent Spanish, dances Cuban salsa, and makes a mean minty mojito!

Claire also loves to explore Central America, and Southeast Asia. She is author of guides to Guatemala, Vietnam and Laos, and regularly writes about these countries for the national press.


Claire's Been There Done That

  • Learning to become a cigar roller in Pinar del Rio
  • Motorbiking off the beaten track in Ha Giang province in northern Vietnam
  • Slow boating all the way from northern Laos down the Nam Ou river to Luang Prabang
  • Spending Holy Week with Maya idol Maximon in the town of Santiago Atitlan in Guatemala
  • Fishing for the once-in-a-waning-moon appearance of the 'teti' fish in Baracoa with local fishermen
  • Searching for treasure off the pirate coast of the Isle of Youth - famous for sheltering plundering buccaneers

Recent articles by Claire

  • 26 Sep 2018
  • Travel Story
The world is my oyster

Penguin party and the Cape of Good Hope

The last time I eyeballed a penguin it was underwater – swimming with the knee-high Humboldt bird while they torpedoed around me – in the Galapagos many years ago. This time I was on land, thousands of miles in another direction, staring up at its cousin, the petite African penguin on its favourite beach in South Africa.
  • 14 Aug 2018
  • Travel Story
The world is my oyster

A high-flying view of Table Mountain

Freewheeling down a mountain at speed was my kind of fun. We humans have always wanted to fly and scootering down Table Mountain with the wind in my hair felt like flying to me. It was sky-high exhilaration under the warming rays of the African sun.
  • 18 Jun 2018
  • Travel Advice
The world is my oyster

Gibara - a celebration of cinema, caves, music and cuisine

The biggest low-budget cinema festival in Cuba takes hold of a small, unassuming eastern town next month, bringing about an entourage of local and international celebrities (including Benicio del Toro). Small in size but big in charm and character, it is here that a renowned and acclaimed Cuban film director founded the Gibara Film Festival (initially named Festival del Cine Pobre de Gibara) which put the city of Gibara on the map for its annual celebration of the independent film industry.
  • 04 Jun 2018
  • Travel Story
The world is my oyster

Digging deep - taking a South Africa township tour with Uthando

I'd read about township tours - visiting the sprawling settlements which inch up to the edges of South Africa's big cities - but I was interested in more than a voyeuristic look at South Africa's great economic divide. Uthando, 2017 winners of the African Responsible Tourism Awards for Best Tour Operator for Impact in Urban Areas, works with 41 social, agricultural, and cultural projects in a number of Cape Town townships helping create and celebrate different lives for the millions of South Africans who live in Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, and other townships.
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