Santa Ifigenia Cemetery Santiago de Cuba To the west of the Santiago de Cuba center you'll find the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, Cuba's second largest Cemetery after Havana’s Necropolis Cristobal Colon. Founded in 1868 , its primary purpose then was as a resting place for victims of the War of Independence and then the later massive deaths relating to the yellow-fever outbreak in the Caribbean. Cemetery Santa Ifigenia simply cannot be missed if you wish to look into Cuba's interesting past. The Cemeteries +8000 tombs simply pack into small location, including tombs of a great many historical figures, notably the mausoleum of Jose Marti. Popular tombs to visit include; Tomas Estrada Palma (1835?1908), Cuba’s first ever president, also the famous rum baron Emilio Bacardi y Moreau (1844?1922). Maria Grajales, the widow of Cuba's independence hero Antonio Maceo (after whom the Santiago de Cuba Airport is named). Further adding to the long list of the famous deceased are the Spanish soldiers who died in the battles of San Juan Hill and Caney. Those ‘martyrs’ of the 1953 Moncada Barracks assault Frank and Josue Pais. Also the renowned father of Cuban independence, Carlos Manuel de Cespedes (1819?74). A more recent Cuban superstar is the international music celebrity, Compay Segundo [...]
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Many visitors to Cuba are overwhelmed at just how unauthentic places like Varadero have become. Almost completely devoid of that Cubaness you went to Cuba in the first place to experience. Rancho Luna Beach in Cienfuegos is however different, since it seems to encapsulate this whole cubaism we all search in Cuba, in one small stretch of sand. It's very local, not too touristic and this shows because young Cuban mothers are bathing their children here and, old Cubans are reading [...]
The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is located on the main city square called Parque Marti and was completed in 1819. A building of immense beauty it is the pride Cienfuegos residents. The Cienfuegos Cathedral has a neo-Classical façade with two large red bell towers of differing heights, three arched entrances and French stained glass windows of the Twelve Apostles. It also boasts beautiful French ornate carvings. The first ever house of worship of Cienfuegos has been [...]
The Valle Palace is located in the Punta Gorda area of Cienfuegos, just a few minutes outside the downtown area. Easily one of the true architectural jewels of Cienfuegos it displays a myriad of influences from Gothic to Romanesque, Baroque to Italianate tendencies, and all mish massed into one building. From all angles the building is truly breathtaking. Today the Palacio de Valle Cienfuegos is used for cultural events. It also features a rather good seafood restaurant with a bar. [...]
For many the promise of petting and swimming with dolphins is a once in a life experience. The Dolphinarium of Cienfuegos offers excellent shows, dolphin acrobatics and the inimitable Dolphin contact with visitors. At just 15 CUC entrance fee, this show should not be missed. Located 5 minutes from downtown Cienfuegos the Dolphinarium of Cienfuegos is one of the few in Cuba which allows guests varied levels of contact with Dolphins. For those with the courage, two dolphins are trained [...]
Visitors to Cienfuegos consider this one the city's most important attractions, in fact walking through the caves of El Nicho Mountains, experiencing the amazing wildlife, flora and fauna of the area is true serenity in itself. All the way through the reserve you'll find picturesque waterfalls inviting you to bathe in the crystalline clear waters of the natural pools at the base of each cascade. These are probably some of the most attractive natural rock swimming pools in the western [...]