Baracoa

Tourist Attractions

The main door of this province for international tourism is the Baracoa, Prime City of Cuba.

The road access to this town is by itself an attraction for visitors, since it has to be done by La Farola, an ascending spiral road built during the first half of the 1960's, with 11 hanging bridges whose maximum height is located at a place known as Altos de Cotilla (Cotilla Heights), 600 hundred meters above the sea level. Nevertheless, the city has an national airport which handles the operations of small and middle size airplanes.

Baracoa still preserves clear evidence of the solid system of colonial forts, like Forts Matachín, where the Municipal Museum is located; la Punta; Seboruco; and the fortified towers of Joa; Caguase or the Castle of the Villa itself, which was later turned into a comfortable hotel; all of them built to defend the city form the siege of pirates and corsairs.

Furthermore, its church preserves the Cruz de la Parra (Croos from La Parra) -first Christian symbol found in the island- out of the 29 placed in different places by the admiral from Genova, Christopher Columbus, during his discovery journey to the so called New Continent.

The Duaba obelisk, placed where 2nd Lieutenant of the Liberation Army Antonio Maceo y Grajales, one of the most relevant martyrs of the national independence war, disembarked on December 1 of 1895; rivers Miel, Duaba, Yumurí and Toa, all of them appropriate places for a ride on a cayuca (typical boat of the region); Paso de Los Alemanes, a mountain split like a wedge on the way to Punta de Maisí, located on the furthest place to the east of the Island; are all places to be considered in the route of all visitors.

As well as the beach of Maguana; Los Tibaracones del Alto del Pino, outstanding natural accidents; the terraces of La Máquina or Los Monitongos de Hatibonico and the National Park Alejandro Humboldt, which is located in the mountains of Moa-Sagua-Baracoa, where the largest rivers and forests of the country meet.