One of the wettest, most lushes and greenest Cuban provinces is the Guantanamo province that lies on the most eastern part of Cuba below Santiago de Cuba province. Travelling from Santiago de Cuba the famous outpost of American imperialism, the Guantanamo Naval Base, is passed to enter the Sierra del Purial Mountains and further down into sleepy charming, the oldest Cuba 's European settlement, with abundance of palm trees town of Baracoa (land of waters). The Plaza Independencia is the focal point for community life in the city. Other interesting sites in Baracoa are three impressive forts, Fuerte Matachin, Fuerte de la Punta and El Castillo de Seboruco. Baracoa city is the province's main tourist attraction since the city' appearance has remained unchanged. It is the land of great rainfall and many rivers. The shores of Miel (Honey) Bay are another interesting sites. T he Yunque (Anvil) of Baracoa is a high mountain with a flat top that can be seen from far out at sea and because of its enormous size and singular shape it was a natural landmark for seamen are all symbols of nature in the area.
Guantanamo province is the land of cacao, coconuts and minerals. There are over 50 important archaeological sites in Guantanamo province since it was the largest center of Cuban-Indians culture development.
Photo of sunrise in Guantanamo:
The capital city of the province, Guantanamo city, is surrounded with a purse shaped bay one of whose shores is occupied by Americans, the greatest offence to Cuba 's national sovereignty. The popular Malones lookout point from which can be seen American Naval Base, a home to around 7000 American servicemen and used as a detainment camp for prisoners, is the main reason to stop in this city. It is a self-sufficient entity with its own TV and radio station, water supply, medical, sports and general recreational facilities.
City's life revolves around Parque Marti, a pleasant square shaded by laburnum trees where attractive golden-coloured church, the Iglesia Parroquial de Santa Catalina , is nearby. The attractive old houses on Calles Perez and Calixto Garcia are not to be missed by Guantanamo visitors.
The musical and dance traditions are deep rooted in Guantanamo province and the most famous Cuban song ever written "Guantanamera" or "Girl from Guantanamo ", by Joseito Fernandez pays tribute to this province.
Another site of interest, near Yateras, is a ‘zoo' where 300 life-sized animals have been sculpted out of stone by Angel Inigo.
The easternmost tip of Cuba , Maisi, has some impressive marine terraces that are among the largest in the world. Maisi is a dry area of caves known as Cuba 's semi-desert.
The Guantanamo province is the least visited of all Cuba since it doesn't offer nice relaxing beaches like the rest of the country. Yet it is, similar to Pinar del Rio province, the most wildest and uncharted piece of Cuba and is definitely worth seeing.
Photo of Guantanamo:
PINAR DEL RIO
ISLA DE LA JUVENTUD
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SANTIAGO DE CUBA
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