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If you have the time, a trip to Baracoa in the far east of Cuba is worth the energy it takes to get there. Isolated from the rest of the island, accessible by boat only, until some time in the 60's, Baracoa has developed all on its own, and continues to just do its own thing, unaware of the rest of Cuba. It is important in that it stands as the first of the seven towns first settled by Diego Velazquez (1511).

Leaving from Santiago, take a good map. The road follows a good highway for a while, then turns to lesser roads that take you through small villages on the way to Guantanamo.
As you pass through a very desert-like environment with plenty of cacti, and interesting land forms, you can't help noticing the beauty of sea and desert joining. Keep an eye on your map, and before the road turns north, there is a side trip to be taken to the eastern point, where there is a light house.
Turning north, you head high over the mountains, into the rainforest. Watch for fern trees. What a ride!

WARNING: Take food with you. After Guantanamo, there are few restaurants, some of which have NO FOOD.
And when you arrive, make sure you stroll through the streets at night and fill you ears with glorious music.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:untouched by modern times
  • Cons:hard to get to
  • In a nutshell:Worth the effort
  • Last visit to Baracoa: Mar 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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