Home
Directory
Destinations
Maps
DTCNews
Bookings
Español Español
  You are from:  Estados Unidos de America(select your country)         My account   
Search
Bookings
Questions?
+1 (855) 65-iTRAVEL
Toll-free

Available 24 hours
Lodging
Cars
Flights
Transfers
Packages
Open Voucher
Other sites
Transtur.com
Havanautos.com
Directory
Accommodation
Top list
Attractions
Where to shop
Embassies
General information
Marinas
Where to dine
Health
Transportation
Nightlife
TOOLS
Calcular distancias
Travelers' Tips
Subscription
DTCNews Subscription


We accept
We accept VISA and MasterCard credit cards.
Vacacionar Travel S.A. use CIC-Banques as a guarantee of absolute security in credit card transactions.
Vacacionar Travel S.A. use CIC-Banques as a guarantee of absolute security in credit card transactions.
Approved Site
Site powered by 3Milenio Reservation System

Weekly report on Cuba's tourism industry
Search in DTCNews 
  ReportsAttractions |  Services |  Destinations |  Culture |  Health |  General
  NewsTourism |  Business |  Health |  Sports |  Culture
History and Nature in the First Cuban Village

Cuba, which has a strategic location in the Caribbean region, offers unique sun, beach and nature options for tourists, in addition to a centuries-old historic and cultural wealth.

The arrival of the Spanish conquistadors in 1492 and the expansion of slavery throughout the island left a deep imprint in the country, including towns with a rich heritage that has remained despite the passage of time.

One of those regions is in Cuba's easternmost province, Guantánamo. The village was founded as Nuestra Señora de la Asunción de Baracoa in 1511-12 by Governor Diego Velázquez, and was the first capital and first bishopric in Cuba.

In addition to its huge historic heritage, Baracoa is characterized by its friendly dwellers and breathtaking beauty, as it is surrounded by mountains, rivers and exuberant vegetation.

The name of the region, Baracoa, comes from an aboriginal word that means "presence of sea", due to its marine environment, which contrasts with the mountains and rivers.

The natural landscape is complemented by a 575-meter-high flattop mountain known as Yunque de Baracoa (Baracoa's Anvil), due to its similarity with that tool used by blacksmiths.

Baracoa Mountains.
City of Baracoa
Yunque de Baracoa (Baracoa`s Anvil)

The road to the Yunque is outside the limits of the Alexander von Humboldt National Park, which was declared a World Natural Heritage site and where there are other trails, including the one called Bahía de Taco (Taco Bay).

That marine accident is a safe haven for manatees, the only herbivorous mammals in Cuba, and rare colonies of oysters.

Besides, several waterways run through the region, including the Toa, which is the fastest-flowing river in Cuba and has several waterfalls, the most famous of which is the 17-meter-high El Saltadero.

Visitors are surrounded by a Spanish-colonial atmosphere, including the famous Cruz de la Parra (Cross of Vine), which was made of local timber by the Spanish colonizers during their first voyage to the Americas, and was the place where Fray Bartolomé de las Casas officiated mass.

Spanish colonization influenced local architecture, where stone buildings were constructed like El Castillo and La Punta fortresses, and the Joa and Cementerio (Cemetery) towers.

Visitors can stay at La Rusa Hotel, a 12-room cozy establishment by the sea, from where guests can enjoy the beautiful seascape.

The hotel was named after its former owner, a Russian woman who settled in Baracoa after visiting many countries and who inspired Cuban novelist Alejo Carpentier when he wrote "La Consagración de la Primavera" (The Consecration of Spring).

From the hotel, guests can go on excursions to the Duaba farm, which is planted with fruit trees and exotic plants and where they can enjoy Cuban dishes and countryside traditions, and taste the magic cocoa fruit.

Access to the city is an adventure as vehicles must take the peculiar La Farola viaduct, which winds through the mountains. It has 11 hanging bridges and its highest point is Altos de Cotilla, which is more than 600 meters above sea level.

RELATED SERVICES
Attractions  Accommodation  Where to dine  
ATTRACTIONS
Antigua Villa de la Asunción de Baracoa
Urban Historic Centers

Ciudad de Baracoa

Guantánamo
First Malecon (Seafront) of the Caribbean
Places of Interest

Baracoa

Guantánamo
Fort La Punta
Places of Interest

Ave. de los Mártires y Calixto García

Guantánamo
La Farola Viaduct
Places of Interest

Cajobabo-Baracoa

Guantánamo
Matachín Fortress
Places of Interest

Calle Martí s/n

Guantánamo
Municipal Museum of Baracoa
Museums

Fuerte Matachín

Guantánamo
Parish Church Our Lady of the Assumption of Baracoa
Churches-Places of Cult

Calle Maceo s/n e/ Ciro Frías y Frank País

Guantánamo
St. Barbara Seboruco Castle
Places of Interest

Calle Calixto García, Reparto Paraíso

Guantánamo
The Yunque (Anvil) of Baracoa
Monuments

Baracoa

Guantánamo
Town Hall
Places of Interest

Calle Maceo No. 137 e/ Frank País y Pelayo Cuervo

Guantánamo
ACCOMMODATION All services
El Castillo
City

Calle Calixto García, Reparto Paraíso

Guantánamo
La Rusa
City

Calle Máximo Gómez No. 161

Guantánamo
Maguana
Nature

Carretera a Moa Km 20

Guantánamo
Porto Santo
City

Carretera del Aeropuerto, Reparto Jaitesico

Guantánamo
WHERE TO DINE All services
Finca Duaba
Cuban cuisine

Carretera Mabujabo km. 2, Vía Moa

Guantánamo
Home |  Directory | Destinations |  DTCNews | Flights | Lodging | Cars | Transfers | Open Voucher | Packages
About us | Affiliate System | Terms and Conditions | Privacy Policy
(c) 1997-2017 Vacacionar Travel, SA. All rights reserved.