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The music of Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba is a true stronghold of Afro-Cuban culture. Much Cuban music has been created here, such as the Cuban son, traditional trova and bolero. Son cubano contains a mix of African and Spanish musical elements, with percussion instruments such as claves, bongos and maracas. The signature sound of the six-string guitar is unique to son music.

Songs are often about the daily life of the locals, and soneros, as the singers are called, often improvise while singing, but never miss a beat. In addition to watching musicians playing on the street, you can enjoy traditional Cuban music in the city's live music venues. Especially the Casa de la Trova and the Salon del Son are worth a visit. Discover the hidden gems - there is so much choice!

Paradise Baracoa

Discover the natural beauties of this area! Baracoa is a unique small town, and because it is quite isolated, it really has its own character. We really recommend exploring the extensive untouched nature surrounding Baracoa. It has the most beautiful estuary in Cuba, and an abundance of coconut trees and beautiful cocoa and banana plants.

Baracoa chocolate is known as the best chocolate in Cuba. So if you fancy a treat, follow the aroma of chocolate along the road that leads you out of town towards Moa. Here you will find the chocolate factory, inaugurated by Che Guevara himself. Or visit Rancho Toa, and learn all about the traditional cocoa production in this area. Welcome to paradise!

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History in the Sierra Maestra

The Sierra Maestra is located in the southern part of the province of Granma. It is a beautiful area for nature lovers, and because of the mountains it is very different from other parts of Cuba. The area is particularly famous because the Granma yacht arrived here on the coast in 1956, with the revolutionaries around Fidel Castro and Che Guevara on board.

The revolutionaries had to hide from the troops of General Batista for a long time in the mountains. You can visit their base camp, Comandancia de la Plata! There are still remains of the simple huts in which they stayed. There is also a small museum and Radio Rebelde's broadcast quarter from which the rebels broadcast their revolutionary message. History comes alive!

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