because of the US Naval Base, which is about 25 km driving from
Most beautiful part
of Guantanamo Province is Baracoa
about 3 hours driving trough the "La Farola" route, driving
along the Guanatanamo coastline viewing the most dry landscape of
Cuba, through the mountains (the wettest part of Cuba) to Baracoa....a
Guantanamo the easternmost province
of the country. Its provincial capital, of the same name, is associated
geographically with an enormous purse-shaped bay, one of whose shores
is occupied against the will of the Cuban people by a US Navel Base,
an offense to Cuba's national sovereignty.
From Malones lookout point, on the
top of a hill, you can see the installations of the US Government's
traditional policy of interference in and hostility toward Cuba.
Another site of interest in the area,
near Yateras, is a "zoo" whose animals have been sculpted
out of stone. Here, farmer-sculpter Angel Inigo Blanco has sculpted
300 life-sized animals from all continents out of large rocks that
are scattered through the woods.
The territory has deep-rooted musical
and dance traditions that were also influenced by the Franco Haitian
immigrantswho flocked to the area after the 1791 Haitian Revolution.
The most famous Cuban song ever written "Guantanamera"
or "Girl from Guantanamo", by Joseito Fernandez pays tribute
to this province. World-renowed musicians have played and sung this
catchy melody all over the world.
Such musical genres as the 'changui'
(a country dance) and 'kiriba' are exclusive to Guantanamo, a predominantly
mountainous area with thick woods which, in past centuries, made
it one of the areas in Cuba with the most runaway slave settlements.
Interesting links on Guantanamo: