Holidays In Eastern Cuba

Santiago de Cuba, located between the Caribbean Sea and the mountains of the Sierra Maestra, is the capital of the East and the home of his Cuban, who is the father of all Cuban rhythms of this century. It is the capital of Santiago de Cuba Province in the eastern region of the island and the second largest metropolis in the country. This city, rich in culture, tradition, and also in natural and architectural treasures, provides travelers with amazing experiences in their Cuba holidays. Hill-walking and mountaineering to historical and cultural tours, Santiago de Cuba is a destination that will not disappoint.

For those who love nature and who enjoy mountain climbing activities and walking, Santiago de Cuba offers several points of interest such as the mountain of the Sierra Maestra, and Baconao Biosphere Reserve, where the Gran Piedra (The Great Stone) stands.

The rugged topography of the Sierra Maestra, with elevations up to 1300 m above sea level, is unique on the island and famous for its beautiful scenery breathtaking variety and amazing. These elevations are the three highest peaks of Cuba: the Pico Real del Turquino with 1,974 m, the Pico Cuba with 1,872 m and Pico Suecia with 1734 meters above sea level This scenario gives the visitor the impression. Located in the Sierra Maestra, the Baconao Park was inscribed on the reserve list of the biosphere of UNESCO World Heritage in 1987, including three well defined biogeographic zones: the "Meseta de Santiago", the "Sierra de la Gran Piedra "and" Meseta Santa Maria Loreto. "It incorporates beaches, mountains, lakes, forests and ruins of French coffee plantations. Visitors can enjoy a wide biodiversity of flora and fauna, being a wonderful experience for nature lovers. In addition, there is an international diving center and the Museum of land transport, which displays over 2,000 miniature vehicles and an antique car show. Due to its beautiful landscapes, this place is a natural viewpoint. Take them to the Prehistory Valley, an amazing collection of reproductions of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals stone in almost their natural size. This valley is a great place for photography. Visitors have the opportunity to enjoy historical tours in the beautiful natural scenery. Characterized by a solid historical background and cultural traditions, this city offers a wonderful display of historic sites such as the cathedral, the first in Cuba (1522) and Hotel Casagranda located in the city center: by the Park Céspedes. Santiago de Cuba is home to palaces and the oldest museums in Cuba, including Diego Velázquez House also located in the Céspedes Park area. Best explored on foot, on their own or with one of the many guided tours, Santiago de Cuba also has several museums and art galleries. It values ​​the rebels weapons, bloodstained uniforms, photographs, letters and other documents. It now shows memorabilia of the assault.

Santiago de Cuba was the homeland of many notorious Cubans as well. That's why travelers can find in this city numerous museums that were the cradle of famous figures in Cuban history. You can visit the house where José María Heredia, one of the greatest poets of Cuba; Birthplace of Antonio Maceo, a leader of the war of independence and the birthplace of Frank País, a hero who fought against the dictatorship of the 1950s In addition, there are other historical sites to see Santiago de Cuba, the Carnival Museum, which aims to provide an overview of the great tradition of carnival in Santiago. It is also interesting to Emilio Bacardi Museum, one of the first museums in Cuba that keep a valuable collection covering the period between the Spanish conquest and the wars of independence (from Spain). This large cemetery is a small city of the dead, populated by elaborate marble tombs including several spectacular mausoleums. This cemetery gathers historical notable graves as Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, the "Father of the Country", and Emilio Bacardi, including graves of those who fought for the revolution, like Frank País.

Another World Heritage: The San Pedro de la Roca del Morro Castle is located in the vicinity of this historic city. This fortification visitors can see the whole bay of Santiago de Cuba where took place the famous naval battle in 1898 between US and Spanish troops. T
he castle now houses the museum of piracy.

Santiago de Cuba is also a center of great religious importance. Located about 20 km from the city of Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Caridad (Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre Sanctuary) is the most important sanctuary of the island. There are many visitors who come to Santiago to climb the hill of this sanctuary dedicated to the patron saint of Cuba. Finally, a trip to Santiago de Cuba would not be complete without sampling its cultural activities. Santiago de Cuba is famous for its festivals, including the Festival of Caribbean Culture sometimes known as the fire festival and the popular Santiago Carnival, which takes place every July. Although July in Santiago de Cuba tends to be very hot, it is probably the best time to enjoy its famous festivals. When the carnival begins in Santiago the whole city turns into a big party. Contagious drum rhythms draw local people and visitors in a long flowing dance. For those who appreciate other cultural activities and those who prefer music and nightlife, Santiago de Cuba has its share of things to offer. Fame shows Tropicana Santiago went beyond the borders of Cuba, it is a popular place if you're looking for nightlife. However, there are other places of fashion as the Trova House, a bar club where visitors can enjoy the traditional music of Cuba and Santiago.

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