At the eastern end of Cuba, Guantanamo beauties await
By Rose Ross
The province of Guantánamo is located at the easternmost end of the island of Cuba and in the aboriginal language it means the land between rivers.
The Genovese admiral Christopher Columbus landed on its coasts at the end of the 15th century and at the beginning of the 16th century, Spanish conqueror Diego Velázquez founded Baracoa, the first Villa in Cuba.
Undoubtedly, one of the main natural wealths that this eastern corner treasures is in the number of rivers that converge within its territory.
One of them even divides the city, making this area a place where the charms of the landscape predominate, full of trails of the most changuicera (rhythm born in this land) of the tropical island.
Among the heritage values of this region, there are three that are included in the list of World Heritage Sites: Alejandro de Humboldt National Park, the heart of the Cuchillas del Toa Biosphere Reserve; the French Tumba, with dances and drum touches inherited from our African ancestors, and reflections of the influence of the Haitian emigration that settled in these lands, and also the French Coffee Farms located in Ramón de las Yaguas.
Another of the merits of this province lies in the only rock zoo in the world. Yes, a place where you can enjoy this composition between the natural and the artistic. Located in the mountains of the Manuel Tames municipality, the facility was declared a National Cultural Heritage site 30 years ago.
It is likely that even in the most remote place of the planet, the international song Guantanamera has been heard, authored by Cuban musician Joseíto Fernández, who through his lyrics immortalized this land, which undoubtedly makes Guantánamo a special province.