Columbus landed here in 1492

Trip Start May 01, 1958
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Christopher

Flag of Cuba  ,
Monday, June 3, 2013

  
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 DAY 8
June 3: It took over five hours on the bus to reach Baracoa (Columbus named it Porto Santo) located in Guantanamo Province, and is the oldest city in Cuba.  We arrived a little after 1PM.  It is one of the reasons why tourism is low.  They are the largest producer of chocolate in Cuba, and they also produce coconut and banana.   

Alexander's friend, Popee met us at the bus station with a taxi, and took us to our casa particular.
Popee was Director of Tourism in Baracoa, but lost her job about six months ago.  

Our casa particular was located only a few blocks from the center of town, so it was easy for us to navigate around town on our own.  Our first walk was along the waterfront to the Christopher Columbus' statue and cross, and the oldest fortress in Cuba,  
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
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DAY 9
June 4: We spent the whole day at a resort on the Toa River.   It was a beautiful day with a little breeze.  After a couple hours of relaxation, we took a boat ride to a private home some distance from the resort to visit Alexander's friends.  While on the boat, we saw many mango trees with fruit. After we landed, we had to walk through brush and forest, and I had to wonder how they knew where to go with no real trail to be seen.  After our arrival at the house, we were served drinks and some snacks that included fruit and pork.   

After relaxing at the house for a couple of hours, we trekked over rocky terrain to the waterfall. 

View from Casa Particular roof
 
 
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At the resort
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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DAY 10
June 5: We had to leave Baracoa to return by bus to Santiago for one night.  Our bus departed Baracoa after 2PM, and we arrived in Santiago a little after 7PM.  We had dinner at Casa La Granda Hotel.  
     

 
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