Taino Indians and Columbus At the time of the Columbus arrival in 1492, there were five Taino chiefdoms and territories on Hispaniola each led by a principal Cacique or chieftain, to whom tribute was paid. Ayiti or land of high mountains is the indigenous Taino name for the mountainous side of the island of Hispaniola, which has kept its name as it is used as the Haitian Creole form for Haiti.
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Holding the record as Cuba's highest bridge the Puente de Bacunayagua was inaugurated in September 1959 and sits impressively at 110 meters above the valley below. The bridge marks the spot of the division between the provinces of Mayabeque and Matanzas. Considered by Cubans and visitors alike as one of the seven wonders of Cuban civil engineering, the bridge has its own restaurant with a panoramic observation deck on the Havana side of the bridge, looking towards the Matanzas coastline. [...]
The Sauto Theater opened in 1863 and has remained a focal point of the city ever since. Designed in U-shaped 775-seat configuration it is hailed by musicians to have some of best acoustic resonances in the world. The interior of the Teatro Sauto is almost completely covered with ornate wood-paneling giving the interior a bourgeois appearance. The seating area has three VIP balconies and the floor can be raised internally to convert the auditorium into a ballroom. Considered the most [...]
The 2.5KM (1.5 miles) of underground caves called the Cuevas Bellamar are by far Cuba’s oldest tourist attraction. Located just 5km southeast of Matanzas the caves have been carbon dated to be 300,000 years old. The cave system was originally discovered in 1861 and now provides terrific spectacle of stalactites and stalagmites and impressive crystallized domes. Tour of the Bellamar caves take 45-minutes and tours are every hour starting at 9:30am. There is no need to book in advance and [...]
Address: Peninsula de Zapata, Playa Larga, Matanzas Hotel Playa Larga is located in a privileged part of the Zapata Peninsula Biosphere reserve right next to the Bay of Pigs. Blessed with one of the most beautiful beaches on the south coast of Cuba with pure white sand and lush tropical vegetation, the Hotel Playa Larga is a true naturist paradise. The cabins are right on the seafront, making this hotel a true beach oasis. Hotel Playa Larga is visited by [...]
Address: Carretera Playa Giron, Km 1 1/2, Playa Larga, Matanzas Hotel Don Pedro is surrounded by Cuba's most incredible nature, lush tropical gardens and beautiful scenery. Hotel Batey Don Pedro Matanzas is located 1 km from the National Highway and 2km the historic site of the Battle of the Bay of Pigs in 1961. Hotel Don Pedro is also just 2 km the colonial city of Jaguey Grande a city steeped in history. Right next to the beautiful beaches on [...]