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    Monica Suma
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    5 May 29, 2014

    Nowhere else is Cuba's natural beauty more evident than it is in Baracoa, a town isolated from the rest of the island, in the most remote region of Guantanamo Province. To get here, you drive a series of steep mountain roads, overlooking the coastline. It's a challenge, but so worth it! Here you'll witness up close the Yunque mountain, with its peculiar shape, and the largest bioversity that Cuba has to offer, complete with a total of 29 rivers. Best of all, here you'll find the best organic cocoa beans all over the Caribbean. Baracoa is also Cuba's oldest settlement, where Christopher Columbus planted a cross upon arrival (still to be found here) as well as the capital of the indigenous people, the Taíno.

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For many, Baracoa is quite simply the most beautiful place in Cuba. Isolated from the rest of the island by a natural wall of mountains, the town has managed to protect itself from the harmful effects of tourism seen elsewhere in the country. Enjoy the town's easy charm by getting lost on its leafy streets or roaming the sunny coast. For something more tangible, stop by the excellent archeological ... read more
museum that houses artifacts of the indigenous people, the Taíno, before they were nearly wiped out by Christopher Columbus and Spanish conquistadors. Ironically, the town also holds legendary artifacts of Christopher Columbus' arrival, including La Cruz de la Parra (a cross that Columbus may have erected himself) housed in Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción.

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