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Traditions, Nautical Activities and History in Central Cuba

Cuba's central region - made up of the provinces of Cienfuegos, Sancti Spiritus and Villa Clara - offers excellent tourist options based on its traditions and history, combined with facilities to practice nautical activities.

Cienfuegos, whose capital is known as the Pearl of the South, boasts a unique tourist product, in which the nautical potentials of the Bay of Jagua - the venue of major sports events - and small beaches on the Caribbean Sea - ideal places for diving activities - stand out.

The Fortress of Nuestra Señora de los Angeles de Jagua, the only defensive construction of its kind in Central Cuba, overlooks the access by sea to the city, which boasts the only Triumphal Arch in the country, along with options to enjoy nature tourism in the El Nicho waterfalls, in the Trinidad mountain range.

The city is also famous by its attractive Botanic Gardens (declared a National Monument), which holds more than 1,450 species of plants, including one of the ten most important collections of palm trees in the world.

Villa Clara benefits from the natural beauty of its northern keys, an area where major investment has been made. This province will soon become a favorite destination for leisure, due to its many attractions, which range from museums to historic towns such as Remedios, declared a National Monument.

A town of curiosities, Remedios boasts the privileged condition of having two churches in its municipal square: Nuestra Señora del Buen Viaje and the Parroquia Mayor - the latter has a huge gold-plated altar -, and holds a famous party known as "Parrandas", whose origin dates back to the 19th century.

Iznaga Tower
Valle Palace

Ecological tourism has its stronghold in the Hanabanilla Lake, one of the country's biggest artificial reservoirs, located at the foot of the Escambray mountain range.

For its part, Sancti Spiritus complements the central region's offer with the privilege of having in its territory two of the first seven villages founded in the early 16th century, called Espíritu Santo and Santísima Trinidad at the time.

It is in the latter, declared Humankind's Heritage in 1988 due to the wide gamut of architectural styles present on either side of its cobblestoned streets, where the most complete and well-preserved colonial buildings in Latin America are located.

The San Luis Valley, also known as the Valle de los Ingenios and considered an archeological reserve that still shows dozens of ruins of buildings linked to the Cuban sugar industry, is located near Trinidad.

Nature is the main attraction in the Escambray mountain range, where Topes de Collantes (800 meters above sea level), the Salto del Caburní and the archeological sites in Caguanes, with its famous caverns and flooded caves, stand out.

Every tourist option in central Cuba bears a unique hallmark of history and traditions, a true complement to traditional offers of sun and beaches, in addition to the breathtaking beauty of an almost virgin nature.

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