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Ciego de Ávila

Ciego de avila
Hosting two of Cuba’s best municipal museums and now its most intriguing urban park, the city is the most modern of Cuba’s provincial capitals, founded in 1840. Growing up originally in the 1860s and ’70s as a military town behind the defensive Morón–Júcaro (Trocha) line, it later became an important processing center for the region’s lucrative sugarcane and pineapple crops (the pineapple is the local mascot). Ciego’s inhabitants refer to their city as...Read More »

Camagüey – sophisticated Cuban town

camaguey
Camagüey’s odd, labyrinthine layout is the by-product of two centuries spent fighting off musket-toting pirates like Henry Morgan: tumultuous times led the fledgling settlement to develop a peculiar street pattern designed to confuse pillaging invaders and provide cover for its long-suffering residents (or so legend has it). As a result, Camagüey’s sinuous streets and narrow winding alleys are more reminiscent of a Moroccan medina than the geometric grids of Lima or Mexico...Read More »

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