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Santiago de Cuba and around

Location: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

Coming to here added about 1000km to our itinerary and two long bus trips, but it was worth it.

4 Oct 2006, 11:36AM

The government house in Parque Cespedes where Fidel announced the successful overthrow of the then government in 1959.

4 Oct 2006, 8:37AM

Heaps of signs and refenences to the revolution here as this region was one of the two key areas where the revolution gathered pace.

4 Oct 2006, 12:20PM

Nice lookout spot of Bahia de Santiago called the Balcon de Velazquez.

4 Oct 2006, 9:12AM

Another placard to the revolution - this time a guy called Camilo Cienfuegos.

5 Oct 2006, 8:46AM

The stately Basilica de Nuestra Senora Cobre which is out of town and houses the 40cm Patron Saint of Cuba, Cachita. One of the more serene and atmospheric churches we have visited.

4 Oct 2006, 12:22PM

Active socialist scene here.

5 Oct 2006, 11:48AM

At the top of a high hill above the Carribean Sea and entry to the Bahia de Santiago sits the Castillo de San Pedro Morro - an ideal spot to build a fort to protect the city from Pirates that included the same guy that plundered Campeche in Mexico and Francis Drake.

5 Oct 2006, 9:35AM

In the same town as the Basilica there used to be a copper mine which in the early days was manned by African slaves who revolted in the 17th century - the revolt is marked by this Santaria monument which sits atop a hill with magnificent views over the valley.

4 Oct 2006, 1:08PM

Cubans claim cigars and rum as their culural right. We visited the cigar factory in Havana, so only fitting that we visit the rum museum in Santiago and have a quick shot of the good stuff.

5 Oct 2006, 11:37AM

The fort was built in the late 1600īs and has great views alongside the coast and also back towards the harbour.

6 Oct 2006, 9:10AM

Industrious Cubans - unfortunately most do it tough here, but they are an industrious lot. This guy sells fruit and other stuff door to door with his home-made cart, equipped with sturdy ball bearing ring wheels!