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At just 6 kilometers from Baracoa's city center on the road to Moa, you'll find the Finca Duaba nature farm boasting insights into the rural way of life in our region and the fascinating world of cocoa production and the strong Cocoa bean traditions in Baracoa. Wandering through the paths of the farm you'll also discover precious fruit trees and the procedures employed for harvesting and processing them according to the methods still used by farmers in the area. The [...]
Housed in the old fort of Matachin, one of three fortifications built during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to protect the city from pirates and privateers. El Museo Municpal de Baracoa includes archaeological collections of the aboriginal era, insights into the rich historical background of Baracoa, the presence of the rebel troops commanded by General Antonio Maceo and his assault on the city, as well as relevant aspects of its contemporary development. Also collections and samples of the endemic flora [...]
Like many places in the Greater Antilles, the inhabitants of Baracoa are predominantly of Aboriginal origin, displaying the traits of a sharp nose, straight hair, dark skin and small stature. It is claimed an impossibility to really know the ancient inhabitants of Cuba without first traversing the first settlement of Cuba called Baracoa. Today the city has a population of about 86,000 inhabitants, most of which have long lineage to the initial settlers. Baracoa is also famous for hosting French [...]
Baracoa also retains clear evidence of a strong system of colonial forts that defended the city from corsairs and pirates. The Matachin Fortress which is now the municipal museum, The La Punta Fortress built to protect part of the bay, The Spanish built Santa Barbara Seboruco Castle, now known as the Hotel El Castillo, and the Towers of Joa and Caguase. We must not forget the church in which the Cruz de la Parra was placed, the first symbol of [...]
The largest coconut plantations and Cuban Cocoa production are found around the region of Baracoa. In fact, more than 80 percent of the production of these commodities produced by Cuba displays the stamp of Baracoa. Numerous agricultural and processing industries are based in the town. The Baracoa chocolate producing factory is the largest cocoa processing plant in the country. This facility, called Ruben Suarez Abella was opened on April 1, 1963 by Ernesto Che Guevara. The area is not only [...]
Despite†the fascination†by visitors†of the natural environment and unique ecosystem of Baracoa, the beaches are easily still†our best kept secret. There are too many†beaches to choose from really, some totally virgin [...]