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    Pre-Columbian Golden Idol

    by TOFFY Updated Feb 13, 2005

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    On the main street of Banes is an archeological museum which proudly displays artifacts from 7000 years ago, of the Siboney Indians, and 1000 years ago, of the Taino Indians. Its collection is supplied from over 100 archeological sites in the immediate area. This is a tiny museum, however, it is world famous for its pre-columbian pure gold idol found in 1946.
    In the year 2004, the town received some money from a Spanish town with which it has twinned. These funds are being used to give the museum a facelift, along with the street that it is on. The street has been closed to traffic, and a park dedicated to the museum is being opened there.
    Be sure to ask for Luis, the main guide, who will be honoured to give you the tour, in Spanish or English.

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    by Nanumi Written Jun 14, 2003

    There is nothing touristy about this grey, hot town in the middle of nowhere. People are wonderful as everywhere in Cuba but the town is nowhere near touristy destination.

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    by Nanumi Written Jun 14, 2003

    How would you like to live on a 5th floor in this building, with no running water, no air conditioning in 30+ temperatures, with no money to afford anything else but rice and beens, on $7 per month income for the whole family of four ? Free education in Cuba does not open doors to better jobs: the couple who lives here holds university degree.

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    Banes Market

    by TOFFY Written Oct 28, 2004

    If you have visited the Indo-Cuban Museum in Banes, ask about the little store a few doors down. There you will find some replicas of the pre-Columbian Indian artifacts, which make a nice souvenir of this part of Cuba.
    Also, make your way to the farmer's market, in the north east corner of the town square, where you will find life as it really is in Cuba, and a good opportunity for interesting photos.

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Banes Off The Beaten Path

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    Puerto Rico, Cuba

    by TOFFY Written Feb 13, 2005

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    Fllowing the road southeast out of Banes, you will travel through sugarcane fields to Punta Morales. This is a huge fertile coast, formerly owned by the United Fruit Company, prior to the Revolution, and used to be covered by massive fruit operations.
    At Punta Morales, turn north and head up the beach road until you hit the isolated fishing village of Puerto Rico. Here you will find a few cottages, some fishermen, and a beautiful sandy beach. This is the spot if you are looking for a secluded beach. Ask around and you may find house willing to cook up a fantastic seafood lunch for about $6.00.

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    Punta Lucretia - Spanish Colonial Lighthouse

    by TOFFY Updated Feb 13, 2005

    If you are the adventurous type, and have access to a car, consider a day trip to Punta Lucretia, northeast of Banes. Here you will find a Spanish Colonial Villa and lighthouse that is worth the effort to get there. Follow the road southeast from Banes to Punta Morales, then turn north and follow the beach road for about 25 kilometers. You will pass the fishing village of Puerto Rico, and a few colonial ruins along the way.
    When you get there, you will find the inhabitants happy to give you a tour of the villa, which contains a small museum and an active meteorlogical station. Note the floor of the courtyard, which is actually a cistern.
    If you are lucky, you will be able to climb the lighthouse, although you will be asked to remove your shoes, sue to the new paintjob!
    At the top you will find four huge French lenses, which turn due to the force of a weight pulling down the length of the lighthouse, rather like a cuckoo clock.
    The view in magnificent, but do not take photos to the west (inland), due to a small military station there.
    Be sure to take food and drink, as there are no stores along the way.

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    Playa Morales

    by TOFFY Written Oct 27, 2004

    To the east of Banes, about 13 kms, is a small fishing village of Playa de Morales, that is comprised of a few houses, a strange coral beach, and a restaurant.
    More interesting, however, is the underground river. Follow the road to the end, and you will find a path into the shrubbery on the right, which will take you to the cave entrance, about 500 feet from the road. A great excursion, but you will need your own transportation, and probably a guide......ask anyone in Banes. They will be happy to show you the way.

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