Archive for March, 2014

Cocoa Museum Baracoa Cuba

The Cocoa House or Casa de Cacao Baracoa stands majestically in the historic center of the city of Baracoa. The museum exhibits elements of history relating to the cultivation of Cocoa in the region and, as an added bonus, the history of the Mayan culture since it was they who initially started to cultivate cocoa around […]

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Alejandro Humboldt National Park Baracoa

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 […]

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Rancho Toa River Boat Ride

Another interesting thing to do while in Baracoa is our boat ride tour through a section of the Toa River, the largest river in Cuba. The tour offers Nature and adventure, a unique experience along the Toa River, bordering our farmer’s real life plantations putting you in direct contact with the protected nature reserve of the Sagua-Baracoa massif. […]

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Finca Duaba | Duaba Farm Baracoa

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 […]

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El Yunque de Baracoa | Anvil Mountain Baracoa

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), […]

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Municipal Museum of Baracoa

Housed in the old fort of Matachín, 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 […]

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Baracoa Beaches Food and Getting Here

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 without even names. More popular beaches in the vicinity of the town are: Duaba Honey Beach and further west, Playa Maguana and Playa Nibujón. The […]

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Baracoa People and Heritage

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 […]

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Baracoa Fortresses Castles and Colonial History

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 […]

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Baracoa Industry Economy and Culture

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 […]

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