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Baracoa, the first Spanish settlement in Cuba, located in the easternmost province of Cuba, Guantánamo, was founded by Spanish conquistador Diego Velazquez.

It is largely famous for a wooden cross which was erected by Christopher Columbus in Cuba after he had landed there during his first voyage in 1492. The Sacred Parra Cross, preserved for over 500 years in the Baracoa Catedral (Nuestra Señora de la Asunción), is considered the oldest colonial artefact to be on the American continent.

Additionally, you can pay a visit to the local museums (Museo Arqueologico la Cueva Del Paraiso and Museo Municipal del Fuerte Matachin) to learn about the town’s colonial history.

To unwind and have some fun dancing salsa with the locals, you can visit La Casa de la Trova.

Nature lovers will enjoy sipping piña-coladas on the shady Maguana beach or trekking along one of the most beautiful paths in Cuba surrounded by the lush vegetation of cocoa and palm trees to the Yunque plateau mountain, located 7km west of of Baracoa.