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The Alejandro Humboldt National Park is considered the epicenter of the biodiversity of Cuba, it is located in the mountains of Nipe-Sagua-Baracoa and includes almost 70% of the protected areas of the Natural Reserve of the Biosphere surrounding the River Toa. An Ecological jewel of the Caribbean, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001. It covers 700 square kilometers and boasts 2% of the world flora species and some of the most densely vegetated areas of [...]
El Yunque or Anvil Mountain is an elevation of vertical slopes and flat top 8 kilometers away from the city. El Yunque became a local symbol and orientation point for the seamen who crossed through the adjacent seas. The Anvil Mountain fauna is rich and diverse, with plenty of woodpeckers, the Tocororo (Cuba's national bird), hummingbirds, hutias, lizards, reptiles, and other species. At a height of 573 meters El Yunque offers a natural viewpoint over an immense lagoon and the [...]
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 [...]