Baracoa

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to want to have a car, not a bici-taxi), but be aware that the road is rough and the trip will likely take longer than the distance suggests. Do Relax around the town, share a bottle of rum and koola cola with locals at the nightclub 100 steps above the town. The Casa de la Trova by the church offers itself as a comfortable and welcoming drinking establishment where you can dance with the locals. Popular for any blossoming salsa lovers. Beaches *

serve local cuisine. Drink Be sure to check out Baracoan drinking chocolate – hot chocolate brewed with cinnamon leaves. It's delicious, though the powdered milk limits its potential somewhat. You'll of course find the usual assortment of peso and CUC sodas and alcohol in bars all around Baracoa. Sleep As elsewhere in Cuba, ''casas particulares'', available for around 15-20 CUC per nightm will most likely be your cheapest options. Casa particulars are available, expect

century, this ''casa'' features Baracoan drinking chocolate and local specialties for dinner. * Hotels *


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not unpleasant. Baracoa can be surprisingly cool, though most of the surrounding area is pretty hot. Get in Although no longer reachable only by boat, Baracoa remains pretty isolated. Baracoa is accessible from Guantanamo City via ''La Farola'' (the lighthouse), a mountain road built in the 1960's to reward the Baracoans for their support of the revolution. Note that transportation '''out''' of Baracoa on both the plane and bus is frequently '''fully-booked''', so make sure to buy your return

flies to Havana on Thursdays and Sundays. The flight is frequently delayed so check the time at the airport office (Calle Jose Marti) or with local travel offices before showing up at the airport. By car It's also possible to drive La Farola in a rental vehicle or a taxi, though this is not particularly recommended as, asides from the difficulty and expense of getting a rental car in Cuba, most of the road, especially the mountainous sections, is '''very remote''' and if a breakdown happens


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and burned alive at Yara (Yara, Cuba). Conquest of Cuba He then was active in leading the conquest of Cuba in 1511 under orders from Diego Columbus (Diego Colón), recently restored as Viceroy of the Indies. He founded a number of new Spanish settlements and cities on the island, first Baracoa in 1511 and then most notably Santiago de Cuba in 1514 and Havana in 1515. Velázquez was appointed governor of Cuba. The new settlers did


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-06 were built in the present Fidel Castro period. '''Baracoa''', nicknamed ''La Ciudad Primera'', is Cuba's easternmost and oldest city. It is popular among tourists for its indigenous-inflected unique local culture, distinctive local cuisine, natural rainforest surroundings, and its chocolate. Understand File:ElYunqueBaracoa.JPG 400px thumbnail right alt El Yunque, an anvil-shaped mountain, surrounded by rainforests


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, but in the 1960s a 120 km long road from Guantánamo named La Farola was built through the mountains, which was one of the showcases of the revolution. The road had already been planned by the Batista government, but never got built. The highest point of the road is at over 600 m and it passes 11 bridges. Economy The main products in the region are banana, coconut and cacao (Cocoa bean). It is Cuba's main chocolate manufacturing area. Tourism thumb 200px A cabin in the hills near Baracoa (File:Cuba baracoa cabin.jpg) thumb 200px Street in the old city of Baracoa (File:Street in the old city.JPG) thumb 200px Sunset on the bay (El Yunque in background) (File:Baracoa - El Yunque.jpg) The remote location at the eastern end of the Cuban island has kept the influence of mass tourism quite low, despite the idyllic location. Baracoa can be reached by bus from Santiago de Cuba (4 hours) or by plane from Havana (2 hours). To the east the Fuerte Matachín (built in 1802) is still standing and contains houses and museums. To the west the Fuerte La Punta (built in 1803) houses a restaurant; there is a small beach next to the fort. The third fort, El Castillo, which sits on a steep hill with a commanding view of the town and both bays, is now Hotel El Castillo. The other hotels in Baracoa are Hotel Porto Santo, Hotel La Rusa, Hostal La Habanera and Villa Maguana. There are also a few casas particulares (casa particular). The Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Asunción houses the earings of the Cruz de la Parra, a cross that Cali is supposed to have brought from Spain. Although it has been carbon dated to approximately that period, it is made from a local type of wood, which means at least part of the story is not correct. There are two music venues near the central Parque Independencia, the touristy Flan de Queso and the more traditional Casa de la Flana. Nearby are the rivers Miel and Toa, the latter of which has many waterfalls, the best known of which is 'el Saltadero', which is 17 m high. The 575 m high table mountain (Table (landform)) el Yunque (el Yunque, Cuba) (the anvil) is 10 km to the west of Baracoa. It is a remnant of a plateau and because of its isolation it houses several unique species of ferns and palms. The only official and easiest approach to climb it starts at campismo El Yunque (simple lodgings for Cubans only), where a guide is obligatory (about 15 euro). From Baracoa, it is possible to visit the Parque Nacional Alejandro de Humboldt located about 20 kilometers north. Salto Fino is the highest waterfall in the Caribbean, located in this municipality, is produced by a sudden drop in the Arroyo del Infierno (Hell's stream), a tributary of the Quibijan river. That river, along with 71 others, flows into the Toa river, which is the largest river in Cuba. The 305-meter-high Salto Fino waterfall is recorded as the 20th highest water chute in the world. Gastronomy Baracoa has some very typical dishes, such as Cucurucho, a mix of coconut and lots of sugar and other ingredients like orange, guava and pineapple and wrapped in a palm leaf. Another is Bacán, which is made from bananas and wrapped in a banana leaf. And of course there is lots of chocolate in this cocoa producing region. Demographics In 2004, the municipality of Baracoa had a population of 81,794. WikiPedia:Baracoa commons:Baracoa


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and burned alive at Yara (Yara, Cuba). Conquest of Cuba He then was active in leading the conquest of Cuba in 1511 under orders from Diego Columbus (Diego Colón), recently restored as Viceroy of the Indies. He founded a number of new Spanish settlements and cities on the island, first Baracoa in 1511 and then most notably Santiago de Cuba in 1514 and Havana in 1515. Velázquez was appointed governor of Cuba. The new settlers did


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-06 were built in the present Fidel Castro period. '''Baracoa''', nicknamed ''La Ciudad Primera'', is Cuba's easternmost and oldest city. It is popular among tourists for its indigenous-inflected unique local culture, distinctive local cuisine, natural rainforest surroundings, and its chocolate. Understand File:ElYunqueBaracoa.JPG 400px thumbnail right alt El Yunque, an anvil-shaped mountain, surrounded by rainforests


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tickets on arrival or, better yet, when reserving your outbound trip. By bus A daily Viazul bus runs to Santiago (Santiago de Cuba ) via Guantanamo City, taking about 5 hours. The bus also has a few semi-official flag stops along the coast road and La Farola, where it picks up hitchhikers. The bus ride is one of the more beautiful in Cuba, going from arid-semi dessert out of Guantanamo to impressive mountains on La Farola to rainforest lowlands approaching

address Moncada beyond Hotel Castillo lat long directions phone tollfree fax hours price $3 content A reconstructed Taino burial ground full of statuettes. While the museum is fascinating, one does end up wondering how heavy-handed the reconstruction was. On the way there, watch for the dilapidated old gas station on Moncada – it's an impressive sight. Further afield *

Baracoa

'''Baracoa''' is a municipality and city in Guantánamo Province near the eastern tip of Cuba. It was founded by the first governor of Cuba, the Spanish (Spanish Empire) conquistador Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar in August 15 of 1511. It is the oldest Spanish settlement in Cuba and was its first capital (the basis for its nickname '''''Ciudad Primada''''', "First City").

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