Baracoa, "La Villa Primada de Cuba"

Not to miss
Tour La Farola, El Yunque, and enjoy their delicious local food.
Recommended time spend
2 days
How to get there
To travel the beautiful La Farola road or the Moa-Baracoa highway, you can rent a car or use private or group transport services. There are domestic flights from Havana.

Baracoa is the oldest city in the Greater Antilles. The “Primada” of Cuba has, as a witness of its longevity, the Cruz de Parra left behind by Christopher Columbus, the conqueror of America.  The city, presided over by the church, has been rebuilt several times, but Baracoa hasn’t lost its signature: old, calm, unique.  Locals continue to hand make the same flavorful dishes that were created generations ago.  Here you can find combinations almost impossible to find in other regions: beans with coconut milk, bacán (a type of tamale), tetí (small fish). According to popular belief, those who bathe in the Miel River (one of the many that converge in the area) will always return to Baracoa.

Not to miss

  • Food! There are three fundamental words to describe the food: cocoa, coconut and bananas. Watch the locals climb coconut palms as if they had super powers; listen to local bands play Kiribá (local version of Son cubano music and dance); try the delicious and handmade cucurucho, with its base of sweet coconut, but with infinite variations and mixtures; and savor the purest chocolate that you can find in Cuba.
  • Tour La Farola, the huge road that connects Baracoa to the rest of Cuba, which is  one of the seven wonders of Cuban civil engineering.  Be sure to try the coconut cucuruchos that vendors sell along the way.
  • There is also the Yunque (or Anvil), known for the particular shape it adds to the landscape. At the foot of that mountain, there is nothing better than sitting and watching the sunset, listening to a song by Elio Revé on your IPod (before asking for Changüí), a bottle of Habana Club in your hand, with the cold water of the Duaba River running over your bare feet, giving you the idea that this is a place you could get lost in forever.

Getting there  

A natural paradise away from the big cities, separated from Guantánamo by La Farola, a monumental work of Cuban engineering.  While this is a route that tests even experienced drivers, it is very frequently traveled.  Another option is the Moa-Baracoa highway, which is not currently recommended, due to poor road conditions.  If you choose to fly, domestic charter flights land several times a week at the Gustavo Rizo Airport. When taking an international flight, leave two days of leeway between flights, so you have time to put together a plan B in case of cancellations. Keep in mind that Baracoa is more than 200 km from the international airports of Santiago de Cuba and Holguín; and 990 km from Havana.

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