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Santa Clara Things to Do

  • Theatre

    May be you can't see inside of the theatre, that's why I put these photos. It is ver old and nice building. I watched national chorus there. It was great. You check the program too...

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  • The train museum

    A very interesting place is the place of the last battle of the Cuban revolution. The capture of the train was the decisive act in the triumph of the revolution and it is now a major tourist attraction.Batista was on the point of sending an armored train with weapons and soldiers to Santiago de Cuba to counter attack revolutionaries. Che Guevara...

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  • The mausloeum

    The mausoleum is next to the museum, and here there are the buried remains of Che, along with a number of the men who were with him on that day in Bolivia, when the CIA got their man.The mausoleum is tastefully done, with plaques of all those in Che's Bolivian guerrilla column (most of whom are also buried there) and an eternal flame lit by Castro...

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  • The museum

    Below the monument, hidden from the sun,there is an excellent museum that tells the story of Che's life, along with a surprisingly large number of personal items, from an early drawing book and school reports through to guns, asma medicines and uniforms. There are tons of photos.His eyes smile with a passion that's infectious, and he even manages...

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  • The monument

    The monument description:centre stage is a very big bronze statue of Che handing a gun, and he's flanked by words of wisdom from the revolution, the text of the letter he sent to Castro when he left Cuba in 1965, and scenes from the fight for Santa Clara in 1959, in which Che took the town in what is regarded as the decisive victory of the...

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  • The train

    Just like around the memorial, children can tell you the whole story. Very simple monument but represent the turning point in the battle of Santa Clara...

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  • The Memorial

    Beautifully and well presented. Simple and solemn. An excellent way to say thank you. If you walk over to the parade field right in front and behind it, youll find some children that will tell you the whole story, where did Ernesto came from, where the battle took place, and they will tell it with a smile in their faces as they mimic their...

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  • Tren Blindado

    This is a small museum inside some of the train cars captured at the end of the revolution… it tells you the story of how it was capture and why it was so important to the revolution. In fact, that train changed the Cuban history!You need to pay 1 CUC to get in… I won’t say it’s worth it, but it’s definitively interesting.

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  • Mausoleo & Museo del Che!

    This is probably the only monument where you don’t have to pay to get in… (Political propaganda!? It’s just my opinion)…Anyway… this is the most impressing thing I saw during my two-week trip to Cuba! As a South American… I can only be proud of such a character. The monument is huge, awesome. The museum downstairs has plenty of information about...

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  • Museo Histórico de la Revolución

    The museum dedicated to Guevara's life. There is also a reconstruction of Guevara derailing the train during the Battle of Santa Clara.

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  • Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara mausoleum.

    The Mausoleo Che Guevara (Che Guevara Mausoleum) is a mausoleum in Santa Clara, Cuba. It houses the remains of Che Guevara and sixteen of his fellow combatants killed in 1967 during the Bolivia campaign.Guevara was laid to rest with full military honors on 17 October 1997 after his exhumed remains were returned to Cuba from Bolivia.Inside the...

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  • A visit to the memorial of Ernesto ‘Che’...

    A visit to the memorial to Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara and neighbouring museum..The remains of Che and his comrades who fell in Bolivia have been interred at this site and the mausoleum is open to the public. Located under the monument is the "Museo Histórico de la Revolución" showcasing a permanent exhibition about Che Guevara’s life and role in the...

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  • Che Guevara's mausoleum

    The mausoleum of Che Guevara is an interesting place. We could not take photos inside, but we took photos of the outside at least.It consists of the life of Che Guevara, from when he was living in Argentina, up until around the time before his death.It's worthwhile the look if you're in the area.

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  • The Train

    Located only a 10 minute walk from Santa Clara's main square, is the location of the train which is on display. This was the train which Che Guevara had captured, and was able to gain many weapons, etc, for the final assualt in the revolution.

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  • Che

    A 10 minute communal horse carriage (Santa clara's local bus system) ride out of town ( costs about 1 peso), I think it takes about 30 mins to walk, is the big monument to Che Guevara, a smal museum & the mauseoleum where he is buried.You are not allowed to take pictures in side, but here is a picture of one of the parts of the monument, it's a...

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  • The area around the mausoleum of Che...

    When you walk towards the monument, you can take a look to the surrounding garden. You will notice the same advertising boards as in the rest of Cuba.The regime keeps the memory about Ché very much alive. It's a nice break when you are enroute from Trinidad towards Santiago de Cuba.Make sure you spend some time around here when you pass by.

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  • The area around the mausoleum of Che...

    When you walk towards the monument, you can take a look to the surrounding garden. You will notice the same advertising boards as in the rest of Cuba.The regime keeps the memory about Ché very much alive and you will see a lot of school children visiting the mausoleum of Ché.Take some time to relax and watch the people passing by.

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  • The mausoleum of Che Guevara

    In Santa Clara you can visit the mausoleum of Che Guevara. You can learn more about the man and the legend. Step in his footsteps and see a wide display of items out of his live.There is a small museum that tells the story about his life and what Che stands for.It's also an interesting view on this part of Cuban history and Ché's life or did you...

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  • Farewell my friend

    The last letter to Fidel......Untill now - nobody is convinced who really wrote this letter : Ché - the CIA or Fidel himself?Anyhow a political statement

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  • Ché Guevara

    The memorial of Ché - a friend of Fidel Castro during the Revolution.He was from Argentina - doctor - became minister of finance after the revolution and died/ was murdered in Bolivia.He was a revolutionair in many African countries like Belgian Congo during 1965/66But his mission failed that period.He knew already Laurent Kabila that time, Kabila...

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  • Streets in Santa Clara

    Near the famous train station/museum i saw this old lady sitting in front of her house.Enjoying the many people walking by.

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Santa Clara Hotels

  • Occidental Royal Hideaway Ensenachos

    Santa Maria Clara, Villa Clara, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Melia Cayo Santa Maria

    Cayo Santa Mari­a, Villa Clara, Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Horizontes Los Caneyes

    Av. de los Eucaliptos and Circunvalacion, Santa Clara, Santa Clara, Cuba

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Santa Clara Nightlife

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    by rafgys Written May 8, 2007

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    Most of the people go to Santa Clara for a day or two… they just want to see Che’s monument, and then… keep on going. For that reason… very few travelers spend a weekend in this town.

    If you’re visiting Santa Clara during the week, this boulevard has lot of bars and restaurants where you can have some beers and hang out. Besides this place… I couldn’t find a better option.

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Santa Clara Transportation

  • Patchwork bus

    Went to Camaguey by train & came back by bus as there were no trains.Non tourist buses in Cuba are just as unreliable as trains, they often break down or there is no fuel. But they are spacious, even if they are old fashioned.Tourists have to pay in dollars, seats are pre allocated, you hand your luggage in before you board and get a ticket to...

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  • Local Transport

    It is always a highlight in Cuba to look for the old cars from the fifthees - but you will find old motorcycles aswell - in good condition and a joye for the eye !

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  • Horse taxi

    Always different to travel around in Cuba- Rented car (expensive-up to 60 us dollar/day- Bike taxi - cheap but prices to be discussed- Horse taxi - same as above- "Black Taxi" cheap but you never know that you will arrive safely- Official Taxi - safe and correct prices - Taxi particular - an experience but the best way to travel at normal prices

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Santa Clara Local Customs

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    by Casa_Mercy Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Places of particular interes in the old city include the Parque Vidal (Vidal Park), which is surrounded by buildings of ourstanding archaeological diversity, rangin from colonial, neo classic, and eclectic, to postmodernis styles. This variety of styles is particularly apparent in the La Caridad Theatre, Casa de la Cultura (House of Culture), the Museum of Decorative Arts and the José Martí Library.

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Santa Clara Off The Beaten Path

  • Paradise ?

    I don't know exactly where this is, it's outside Santa Clara, across a field & over a low wall.A lovely place to have a picnic & cool off from the heat of the day.I met some of the younger local people and we were invited back the next weekend as it was someones birthday, they ooked the most amazing local dish - Cardosa, there with water from the...

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  • Beach life

    We took a taxi from Santa Clara to a beach on the east coast. It took about an hour to get there, it was definatley NOT a tourist destination, just a nice beach in a small town.I'm afraid I've forgotten the name of the place ( not much use as a tip is it), but I'll have a look and see if I can remember it. There was a little kiosk selling beer & a...

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  • Near the Guevara Memorial

    Santa Clara - The monument of ChéThe slogan by Fidel : Queremos que seanComo el ChéThere is a museum showing many pictures of a legendary period in world's history.

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Santa Clara Favorites

  • No merchandising

    My favourite thing of this town is the reason why I came, the Che mausoleum.We never bought books or other stuffs about Che in Cuba cause we thought to find a bigger choice in Santa Clara as it was the city of his mausoleum. We were really surprised when we got out of the museum and saw no merchandasing at all, no souvenir shop, no postcard of...

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  • Santa Clara

    The wagons by Josè Delarra - Carretera Camajuani. In 29 december 1958 commander Che Guevara provoqued the derailment of the 22 wagons of the train, defeating Batista. Now there's a museum inside the wagons where you can find weapons, pics and historical info about the battle....

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  • Santa Clara

    Bulldozer D-G Caterpillar with which the warriors removed the rails......provoquing the derailment of the train...

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