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With an aborigine name that means ‘land between rivers’ the eastern most province of Cuba is filled with history. This is a predominantly mountainous region of deep contrasts, and the only place in the country where you can find semi desert landscapes.

Between the Cuban capital, Havana City and this territory there are approximately 900 kilometers part of which is occupied by an American aero naval base. The main door of this province for international tourism is the Baracoa, Prime City of Cuba. Nuestra Señora (our lady) de la Asunción de Baracoa (1512) was the first of seven villas founded in the largest of the West Indies by the Spanish Diego Velázquez, becoming indeed the first capital and Episcopate of Cuba. Baracoa is today a colorful town which preserves in its outskirts forests that are similar to those of the colonial times, identified by many with a sui generis flat top mountain baptized under the name of Yunque de Baracoa (Anvil of Baracoa).

Places to stay

  1. El Castillo Hotel
  2. Porto Santo Hotel
  3. La Rusa Hostal
  4. Maguana Villa
  5. Hotel Villa Baracoa Cuba

Places to eat

  1. Restaurante Girasoles
  2. Restaurante 1870

 


Baracoa City (Guantanamo’s capital)

 


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Matachín and La Punta Fortresses

Matachin was the second construction by royal decree. The Fortress, which is now the municipal museum, is one of Baracoa's three fortresses, and it was completed in 1802. 

 


Church of the Miraculous


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Salcines Palace

The impressionable dome, designed in a neoclassic style, is placed at the high part of the Palace and constitutes and element of bigger formal significance in the building, works as an observatory and on it The "Fama" is raised, a piece engraved by the Italian Américo Chini. In this building the eclecticism is exhibited with a lot of strength and besides elements that by their remind The Catalan art-nauruan are inserted.


Seboruco Fortress

Baracoa's highest fort was begun by the Spanish in 1739 and finished by the Americans in 1900. Barely recognizable as a fort these days, it serves as Hotel El Castillo.


Joa and Caguase fortified towers

As the city fortresses, they were built to defend the city form the siege of pirates and corsairs…


Caguase or the Castle of the Villa Baracoa

Also built as part of the city’s defense, but later turned into a comfortable hotel


Baracoa church
 

Preserves the Cruz de la Parra (Croos from La Parra) -first Christian symbol found in the island- out of the 29 placed in different places by the admiral from Genova, Christopher Columbus, during his discovery journey to the so called New Continent


Paso de Los Alemanes

A mountain split like a wedge on the way to Punta de Maisí


El Yunque Baracoa

Climb the Yunque de Baracoa (Baracoa's Anvil)

A high mountain with a flat top…

 


Sail the Miel, Duaba, Yumurí and Toa rivers

In an indian canoe (cayuca), the typical means of transport in the area.


Maguana, Saratoga and Duaba Beaches

Managua beach


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Alexander von Humboldt National Park

The Alexander von Humboldt National Park is a protected area of bigger biodiversity of Cuba and of any island of Caribbean; it is located near the city of Baracoa, and it is shared by the Holguín and Guantánamo provinces. 

The Alejandro von Humboldt National Park constitutes the principal nucleus of the reservation of the biosphere Cuchillas del Toa (occupying more than half of its total area), the biggest and more valuable in the four existent reservations in Cuba. 

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