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Matanzas is one of the cities more emblemáticas of Cuba, its long history and particular characteristics make it a truly special city, baptized as the 'Athens of Cuba', Matanzas deserves to be visited and well-known.

Matanzas is located skirting the bay of the same name, located about 100 kms to the east of Havana and 40 km to the west of Shipyard, at 2300'N 81040'W.
It is located in an eminently flat region, their maximum (the Bread of Matanzas) altitude reaches only the 389 msnm in the Heights Havana-Matanzas.
The city is furrowed by three called rivers Yumurí, San Juan and Canimar on which have been built a series of bridges by what is also known as the city of the bridges to Matanzas.

For their cultural and literary development, Matanzas is also known as Athens of Cuba. This development begins from 1813, when the city yumurina received the benefits of the introduction of the printing. It is considered that in this year the Century of Gold of Matanzas he/she begins. They were those the times in that José María Heredia wrote verses and theatrical tests.
For that reason, when in 1860, Rafael of Villar rushes in public the proposal of the title Athens of Cuba, the acceptance is unanimous, of several centuries behind. The nickname was however, the pride of the city and it fascinated to several generations, until the most recent that has not still thought of giving up him. It was the favorable laurel crown to the systematic effort to elevate the culture. The local splendor was compared this way with the immortal glory of the century of Pericles. The provincial aristocracy would dream then of imposing to the posterity the glory of a Prometeo or of an Oedipus and toward that goal it threw its challenge.


'The Train of Hershey' it is the electric only railroad that has existed in Cuba. This (still) in operation from 1921 and it travels from the station of Casablanca in Havana to Matanzas. The trip is magic, and a good way to experience the natural beauty of Cuba and the Cubans, and of course to arrive at the city of Matanzas and its wonderful Hotel Velasco.

By means of the train you arrives from Casablanca to the central one and town of Hershey. Also being accessible for the highway of Jaruco and the Road Blanca (taking deviation in Santa Cruz of the North in address toward Jaruco). Very usual of the school trips of the city of Havana to visit this central one and the day to pass the youths enjoying the beautiful gardens and sport facilities.

Lagoon of the treasure

Place that surrounds the Hotel Guamá, located in the Marsh of Zapata that he/she stores great quantity of birds, reptiles, fish, and vegetation of national great importance.

It possesses an extension 16 Km2 of surface and five Km. of diameter.

It counts the legend that owes their name to a passage dated ago some hundred of years: the Indians that settled in their surroundings, when feeling in danger for the excesses of the conquerors, threw away to the bottom of the lake their most valuable wealths and treasures with the purpose of avoiding that they fell in hands of those.

The Village Taína is located in the Tourist Center Guamá, in the Lagoon of the Treasure. It is a replica of a village aboriginal Taína of the old ones of Cuba, this formed by a group of 25 sculptures to natural scale sculpted by the Cuban noted sculptress Rita Longa, and they also exist, four cottages in earth and a caney - Cuban typical housings of the aboriginal ones. Some of their artificial inhabitants are Dayamí, the dreamer youth; Abey, the great hunter of crocodiles; Cajimo, jutías hunter; Maguanay, family mother that prepares the casabe; Yaima, a girl that plays; and among all, the Cacique Guamá.

To go into in The Lagoon of the Treasure is to go for a walk for the history and the culture of the before Columbus past of Cuba.

Caves of Bellamar

They are a group of caverns of but of 23 kilometers of galleries located in the county Matanzas, Cuba. For the beauty of their gallery and caverns, the paleontological important discoveries, besides a wide range of crystalline processes were declared National Monument.

The galleries and passageways of the Caves of Bellamar are calculated that they began to be formed about 300 thousand years ago. According to the specialists, the plain in which the caves are was originally low the sea, being part of the bay of Matanzas. Throughout the call Flaw of Bellamar the underground water, in combination with the dioxide of coal, was dissolving the calcareous rock and this way it was creating underground cameras in the underground; under the marine bottom.

The Caves of Bellamar were discovered by chance in February of 1861 when a slave lost his barreta making a hole in the floor, being about removing a rock of lime. The slave and the mayoral imagined that the earth you had swallowed the barreta.

Ciénaga de Zapata

It is one of the singularest places in Cuba, where they group several types of swamp ecosystems, fairly or little modified by the man's action. They prevail landscapes of low, marshy and semi-marshy plains there, have more than enough peaty deposits and calcareous rocks, with floors hidromórficos and vegetation of natural savannas of aesthetic high value and paisajístico, such as the Lagoon of the Treasure and the basin of the River Hatiguanico, fluvial main artery of the area, as well as Long Beach and Beach Girón. In their group, the vegetation of the Marsh of Zapata constitutes one of the green most important areas in Cuba and, for the own species of the flora and the fauna that it houses, it represents a place of world interest. To visit the place is without doubts an extraordinary adventure for the lovers of the nature and the life. To take care of it means a vital responsibility and inigualable.

The [Marsh of Zapata] it is the territory of more humidity of [Cuba] and one of those bigger than Latin America and Caribbean, approved by the Organization of the United Nations for the [Education], the Science and the Culture like Reservation of the Biosphere and also declared I Siege Ramsar.

It is grateful as [National Cuban Park] and at the moment supported legally by the Ordinance 197/96 of the [Plan Turquino] Manatee that declares to the whole Marsh of Zapata Special Region of Sustainable Development. He/she has a surface of 4 500 km2. It possesses one of the biggest reservorios in fresh water of the country and the biggest area of swamps and swamps of Cuba.


Located in the most northern point in the island of Cuba, the beach of Shipyard extends throughout the narrow Peninsula of Hicacos.

Their 22 kilometers of beach are characterized to have a wide fringe of white fine sand and a soft descent of their platform toward a sea that contains an incomparable range of blue, in warm and transparent waters.

The date of foundation of Shipyard like city goes back at December of 1887, 5 when ten families settled in the area that occupies the famous spa.

To the grateful destination, the most important in beach in the bigger than Antilles, you can consent by lorry from the capital (with about 130 kilometers of journey).

The marine funds of Shipyard possess but of 40 types of corals, diversity of fish, lobsters, shrimps, crabs, turtles and but of 70 types of mollusks.

Marine as Chapelin, Basin of Shipyard and Gull they guarantee the conditions and means for the practice of the inmersionismo, with appropriate crafts, prepared personnel, centers of diving teaching, cameras hiperbáricas and the necessary transport for any emergency.

The diving has its strong plate in the call Hole Blue Eye of Mégano, an enormous cavern of 70 diameter meters, where the submerged walls, barriers of corals and enormous banks of multicolored fish prevail.

Also, it is located the park marine Key Stones of the North, first and only attraction of their existent type and that it occupies an area of approximately two nautical square miles.

Hotel Breezes Jibacoa

Havana, Cuba. Hotel of one plant with a location privileged in the beach Red Stream, surrounded of a small hill, where the beauty of the marine landscape and the exuberant vegetation stand out.

It is about an Ultra Everything-included Resort for even and single of 16 years. The tourist complex almost covers seven miles (about 11 kilometers) of the coast, including Jibacoa and Beaches Red Stream. The area is quite surprising, with a marine fascinating bottom and cliffs of until 325 feet (100 meters) of height that you/they run parallel to the coast and they are covered with an exuberant vegetation.

The Hotel is of category 4 stars, it is one of the best options in the proximities of the city of Havana. The installation is thought for the enjoyment of even and adults bigger than 14 years. It consists of 18 blocks of two plants spread in an area of 19 acres and next to a beach of 300 extension meters. A natural almost virgin atmosphere with a lot of clear and calm waters they make of this hotel a natural option with all the comforts for their clients.

Hotel Villa Tropico

At the beginning of the years sixty, Chuchú (the plumber hotel) and Lulú (the boss of cleaning), next to many other, they began to demolish the defensive works built in the coast during the Crisis of October with the purpose of preparing the property for what would be Villa Tropic, inaugurated in 1962.

This place is at one hour in car from Havana or from Shipyard, and it shows a beauty created by the Mother Nature during millions of years. The hotel complex of beach is surrounded by picturesque cliffs, covered with pines and palms that seduce to the browsers and they invite to carry out walks guided through a net of established paths.

The white sand of the beaches attracts swimmers so much local as foreigners; while the marine funds covered with calcareous stone are magnificent. For that reason it is recommended to bring surf slippers and snorkeling teams, to explore the submarine wonderful world.

The reef three kilometers long rests to single 50 meters of the coast and you can arrive swiming or in aquatic (included) bicycle. The hotel has a diving center that facilitates marine immersions in diverse places.

Beach Jibacoa

Beach of the county Mayabeque, is in a creek, skirted by the part that gives to earth for heights or cliffs what confers him/her attractive great paisajístico, it is a very attractive and isolated place where hotel facilities and campismo bases are located, here besides the sun, the sand and the sea, there are other activities outdoors to carry out, including walks to horse and walks in ship.

Beach of Jibacoa is located in the north coast, to about 60 kilometers to the east of the capital city of Havana, in the municipality Santa Cruz of the North, to 12 km of the town of the same name, county Mayabeque, in the tourist well-known area as North Coast of Havana that is located in a coastal fringe between the beach of Jibacoa and Bacunayagua. You consents to Jibacoa through the Road Blanca, a freeway of 4 rails that unites the City of Havana with Matanzas, is a road that skirts the sea and that a very rich area travels from the point of view paisajístico.

The Festival of Music main Electronic event of this type in Cuba has as headquarters the Beach of Jibacoa, in this encounter they meet outstanding groupings of styles that go from the electronic music to the hip hop, the coalition and the rock, sounding outdoors, going by the performance and the cinema. Hundred of campaign houses, scenarios next to the sea with bands and Djs, services of instantaneous tattoos, Cuban rum and an atmosphere of total spontaneity, they surrender cult to the event.


The highest bridge in Cuba, it is located in the west of the bigger than Antilles and it is step forced between the capital of Cuba and the spa of Shipyard. The bridge constitutes one of the seven marvels of the civil Cuban engineering.

It constitutes a nonpareil show in the Cuban geography. Some drivers feel a fright in the stomach when going by him, because the longitude and the danger of the crossed winds put them in tension. The tourists have a visible preference to visit him and the Cubans admire the human work that is located among the seven marvels of the civil engineering of the Island. We speak of the Bridge of Bacunayagua, the highest and I release of Cuba.

It is step forced for the traffic between the counties of Havana and Matanzas, in the occident of the country and why not to also say, a high one in the one on the way to almost all the unwonted passengers to walk for this exuberant route that is also the link vial to the blue beach of Shipyard, the most famous in the costs of the bigger than Antilles.

Of visit in the place, you can rest in an attractive mirador, with wide balconies that put it in contact with an exclusive nature, drawn among the sea, the deep throat of the river that gives name to the bridge and the Cuban landscape of green and palms: the valley of Yumurí opens up as a divine gift of the God.