A hike to El Junci.
El Junci is another attraction in this region. Take a guided walk to the top and see the surrounding area. It's a nice day hike but don't forget to take enough water with you. Be sure you take a guide and that you make already arrangements in the town. We were told that we could hire one at the entrance, but the station was unmanned and we went on our one. We came very close to the top, but couldn't find the way up. So it's best you take a guide with you. An Australian couple who also stayed at Lucy was the day before us there with a guide and they had lovely sights over the valley. For more information see my travelogue: Stranding in sight of the top from El Junci.
Take a hike in Yumiri
Why not go to Yumiri for a guided walk across the forest. You can negotiate with the locals about a guide and the walks that you want to do. We went on a walk with 2 guides and learned about the fruits and the plants you can find in the forest. During the hike you also have the possibility to have a swim in the river. This is a good day out. For more information see my travelogue: With 10 people in a small army jeep towards Yumiri.
- Hiking and Walking
A sunset by the beach...
I used to go to the beach almost every afternoon after school.
Then, there is a legend in Baracoa, that if you rub your ring finger hard until it gets warm, the spirit of "Hatuey", (an indian burned by the Spaniard, for refusing to accept salvation from the "Spanish Conquistadores") will come out, and you will get to see him.
We use to go to the Malecon and do this but, at the same time we were so afraid, in case he (Hatuey), would come after us . My Dad uncle swears he saw him once, would you believe it?
I love you Baracoa, and I would love to see you again!
Always a child...
- Family Travel
- Arts and Culture
Just walk all over the free beaches in Baracoa
-meet the children playing dragonfly - put on your swimming dress (or not) - go swimming - afterwards a walk on the beach and meet the Cuba Veteran at the end of the beach - he will offer you - for free - the most fresh coconut milk on the island.
Watching the first sun of the year
The town itself quietens a little at around 4 in the morningthe night of 31.12, but still dancing is going on at Rumbos. Close to six, lumber over to the Malecon and await the sunrise, the first sunrise of the year
- Adventure Travel
The Malecon in Baracoa is similar to that of Havana but on a much smaller scale and almost empty of night. This one has a little view point where you can get some great pictures of Baracoa from an ocean perspective. Numerous casa particulars dot the Malecon and the whole town is full of them so if you don't have a reservation you can easily find one without the help of the many jineteros that greet the Viazul bus.
The Baracoa School Of painting
The painters in Baracoa have a distinct style of painting. Obviously we would like to think that we are different from the rest of Cuba!!!
The most prominent members are CaboVerde, Piedra and Eliades. they are the masters. there are many lesser known ones. Please go directly to the gallery and enjoy and buy one of their paintings.
Strolling around in Baracoa
Strolling around in Baracoa with Ingrid and Virgin - direction towards Virgins home. We are invited - we will meet her family - we will meet Cubas way of living.
The typical view on Baracoa bay
A ship, stranded, for always, in the bay of Baracoa - a typical view from my hotel - from the village ! A monument .
- Budget Travel
Street scenary in Baracoa
Tropical center in Baracoa - in the mainstreet - up to the Church and the triangal square - a meeting place for inhabitants and tourists.
Safe beaches and lagunes
Hire a private taxi - cheap - and enjoy the beaches of Baracoa - a not touristic place in this small world ! Easten Cuba is a must !
The Malecon in Baracoa
Impressive - the ocean and the concrete walls ! Watch out ! A shower of water can surprise you during the walk on the coast line.
Although, the Malecon in Habana is more impressive !
An unique tree in Cuba
Thanks to Roberto, our private taxi driver we saw this unique Palm tree. I called it the "Siam tree"
Up to Baracoa
The road from Santiago to Baracoa is hard (appr. 3 hrs driving)
But once driving on the artificial road in the hills of "La Farelo" be pleased by a fantastic sundown !
Fauna and Flora in Baracoa
Visit the private botanical gardens in Baracoa
near the Gran Piedra - but watch out - it just rained and the paths were slippery - but the locals friendly as always !!