Cuba Highlights

Baracoa

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    Malecon lining the city’s coast is considered by many as one of the finest ocean drives in the world.
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    Bust of the Indian Chief Hatuey at Plaza Independencia.
  • Photo of Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción
    Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción that contains the Cruz de la Parra, a wooden cross brought ashore by Christopher Columbus when he arrived in 1492.
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    Fuerte de Matachin, hosting the city’s museum.
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    Fuerte de la Punta and el Castillo de Seboruco, currently one of Baracoa hotels.

Incredible eco trails, spectacular river estuaries, a picturesque town, calm beaches, an artisanal cocoa industry and tales of Indian rebelliousness will attract travellers to Baracoa, the same land that Christopher Columbus had a crush on the very moment he spotted its paradisiacal wonders.

Baracoa most defining features however are its unparalleled natural surroundings, symbolised by El Yunque (the anvil), a flap-top 575 metre-high mountain, perfect for trekking and all sorts of eco adventures.

Río Miel is the place to paddle in a traditional Cuban boat, or a stroll along the dark, sandy beaches of Maguana and Cajobabo might appeal. Other places in and around Baracoa are the Alejandro Humboldt National Park, Zoologico de Piedra, a zoo that contains more than 300 animals carved out of limestone.

Finca Duaba gives visitors a chance to sample country life in Cuba. Tropical plants grow profusely and there’s the opportunity to swim in the Río Duaba, eat a Creole lunch and visit a bohío, basic huts where the staff of the farm stay.

The charm of this boutique region is complemented with a discrete but appealing local chocolate industry.