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Baracoa: The Rebirth of Heritage

Cuba, which is full of options related to sun and beach, is very popular among visitors, due to its sites of historic value that are closely linked to the evolution of the island.

In that regard, in the eastern Cuban province of Guantanamo stands out as one of those places under the original name of Our Lady of the Assumption of Baracoa, founded between 1511 and 1512 by Diego Velázquez, and the first capital and first bishopric in the country during the Spanish colonial period.

Full of assets, it has its origin in an aboriginal word meaning "presence of sea", a clear allusion of the original inhabitants to a marine atmosphere presence everywhere, very contrasting with the mountains and rivers.

Also, the natural landscape is complemented by a 575 meters-high flattop mountain known as the Yunque (Anvil) de Baracoa, because of its similarity with that tool used by blacksmiths for their work.

The proper access to the city is an adventure made by a very peculiar route that meanders between the mountains and by the name of La Farola, with 11 suspension bridges and the most relevant point in Altos de Cotilla, over 600 meters above sea level.

Visitors are involved in a handful of memories of the colonial era, including the famous Cruz de la Parra, manufactured by the Spaniards during their first trip to America with precious woods atmosphere of the place and it was used to officiate by Fray Bartolome de las Casas.

Yunque de Baracoa (Baracoa`s Anvil)
Baracoa Mountains.
River and mountains in Baracoa.

The time of Spanish rule left its mark on the buildings of the town, which include numerous stone buildings constructed, like colonial fortresses of El Castillo and La Punta and the towers of Joa and Cemetery.

Now the city is facing a hard work to regain its image, with its structures affected in the aftermath of strong Hurricane Matthew, with actions to restore the covers of French and Spanish tiles that characterize it.

Precisely that peculiar appeal must regain its space once completed the work by specialists from all corners of the island.

For vacationers, the city also contains a very peculiar herbal gastronomy, with dishes like Bacán, kind of green banana tamale, chili or fish cooked with coconut milk.

Sweet lovers also have their place with the Cornet, a conical packaging with yagua leaves and filled of coconut and pineapple, as well as the famous chocolate made with cocoa grown in the territory.

Also, various water arteries cross the territory, including the Toa -considered the largest river of the island- marked on their way through numerous waterfalls, the most famous known as El Saltadero, with 17 meters high.

Considered by many one of the country´s most attractive cities, Baracoa waits patiently for the arrival of those for which history and traditions are the main attraction at

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