Day 12: Guantanamo and Baracoa

//Day 12: Guantanamo and Baracoa

Day 12: Guantanamo and Baracoa

Today you will have one of the most interesting and spectacular drives in Cuba. The first visit is to the city of Guantanamo made famous globally for two very different reasons, firstly the ballad Guantanamera taken from a poem written by Cuba’s national hero Jose Marti and secondly for the US base and now Camp X Ray only 15 miles from the city. If the security situation allows on the day, there will be the chance to visit the viewpoint that allows the camp to be seen in the distance.

Continue along the very south-eastern tip of Cuba and take the impressive mountain road called ‘La Farola’ to Baracoa. Before 1965, Baracoa was reached from Santiago only by boat, however a Revolutionary feat of engineering secured a road across the mountains on which the tour travels. The scenery is amazing and there are stops to admire the view. Look out for local farmers selling fresh fruit and cocoa at the roadside!

On arrival into Baracoa a late lunch will be served at the hotel with time to relax and unpack before an early evening stroll through the picturesque centre of Baracoa, reputedly the place where Christopher Columbus first landed in Cuba and where they say the remains of his cross still lie in a local church.

After dinner, you will have the chance to relax in one of the local music bars where you can mix with the locals, some of the friendliest in Cuba.