Baracoa

Baracoa was our first stop on our trip to el Oriente in October. The city is known for its food, especially its spicy cuisine and chocolate. It also holds the distinction of being the first place in Cuba where Christopher Columbus landed, and the home of the island’s Taíno roots.

For a written perspective of the city check out this post from November.

Early morning in Baracoa
Early morning in Baracoa

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Looking over the city and Bay
Looking over the city and Bay
Municipal Assembly
Municipal Assembly
Site of the first church in Cuba
Site of the first church in Cuba
The cross Columbus plunged into the ground at the site of the first church
The cross Columbus plunged into the ground at the site of the first church

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Memorial to Hatuey, "The first rebel of the Americas"
Memorial to Hatuey, “The first rebel of the Americas”
Columbus
Columbus

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Feast at restaurant 'El Poeta'
Feast at restaurant ‘El Poeta’
Second helpings
Second helpings
Full on that good Baracoa food
Full on that good Baracoa food
Haircuts
Haircuts
Haircuts
Haircuts

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Our hotel
Our hotel
La Madre Taíno
La Madre Taíno
Marti bust
Marti bust

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Baracoa at night
Baracoa at night
Map showing how much of original territory of Baracoa was made up by Palenques (runaway slave communities)
Map showing how much of original territory of Baracoa was made up by Palenques (runaway slave communities)
The homies
The homies

 

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