Alain Robert, known as the French spiderman, once again defied the danger of the heights by scaling the front of the Cuban capital's iconic Habana Libre Hotel, one of the tallest buildings on the island.
With agility, skill, fearlessness and humor, the French climber took just 30 minutes on Monday to achieve his goal of climbing 22 stories or a total of 70 meters (230 feet) to the top of the hotel.
Dressed in black tights, a white T-shirt and sports shoes, the 50-year-old Robert, not very tall and weighing some 50 kilos (110 pounds), moved easily from one balcony to another from the fourth floor, with brief stops to enjoy the applause and cheers from the crowd watching his ascent to the 26th floor balcony.
"I tried to please the people who were watching me so they'd be happy with my climb," Robert told reporters after a toast with champagne for achieving his goal, adding that "it wasn't all that complicated."
The Habana Libre Hotel was selected because it is a "symbol" of Cuba, "it was visited a lot by the Cuban leader Fidel Castro, a man who won the revolution in 1959 and who is known by many people in the world," Robert said.