Monday, February 05, 2007

This province is one of the most promising tourist destinies of Cuba due to the construction of a stony road from the province to "Cayo Guillermo" and "Cayo Coco".

"Cayo Coco", the fourth biggest islet of Cuba, has about 370 square km of land and 22 km of beaches, with a wide vegetation. The origin of the name comes from the bird called White Ibis, commonly know as Coco bird, which provides personality to the region due to its brilliant colors. It is expected to build an important tourist center of about 22 thousand rooms.

"Cayo Coco" joins "Cayo Guillermo" in 18 km, 5 of which are beaches like “El Pilar”, named after the ship of the famous North American writer Ernest Hemingway.


There is also a great infrastructure for nautical activities, where the Coco-Guillermo and Jucaro Marines provide 16 moorings for ships, together with the necessary facilities to get water, oil, electric power, protection and programs to ensure life on board and diving practice. This last activity can be practiced in the diving centers Abalone, Action Sport and Coco Diving Center with an offer that includes day and night immersions in coral formations and caves and spectacular shark show in the first of this facilities. The Marlin Coco Cay Marina gives the chance of an integral offer with its yacht and catamaran trips, some of which have glass button to watch the sea soils. In addition, the visitor has the chance of getting into aqua bikes to enjoy the beaches and the sceneries.

Beyond the islet systems that are around the Province, Ciego de Avila counts on a strong potential in the sugar cane industry and on a rooted culture, part of which can be appreciated in the Moron Municipal Museum where there are more than 1600 aborigine archeological pieces that were found in 1947 near of what is now Moron City.

Ciego de Avila is a great place to rest and forget the noisy environment of the big cities.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Iznaga Tower: Trinidad's Centuries-Old Sentinel

The Villa de la Santísima Trinidad (Holy Trinity), founded over 400 years ago, is a living example of centuries-old traditions that have survived the passage of time for the enjoyment of both national and foreign vacationers.
Trinidad, one of the first villages founded by the Spanish conquistadors during the colonization of the largest Antillean Island, features one of the most complete and best preserved architectural structures in the American continent.
That historical treasure includes the Valle de los Ingenios, or Sugar Mill Valley, and the Iznaga Tower, a silent witness of the development of the sugar industry in Trinidad.
The construction of the Iznaga Tower in 1816 marks the predominance of eclecticism in Cuban architecture. The 45-meters-tall, seven-floor construction is topped by a lookout from where the region's sugarcane plantations could be watched.
According to experts, the bell on top of the tower was aimed at announcing the beginning and the end of work by the slaves, and the prayers to the Holy Virgin in the morning, midday and afternoon.
It was also used to sound an alarm in cases of fires, slaves' escapes, or just as a unique lookout to enjoy the valley's beauty in its entire magnitude.
The origin of the Iznaga Tower is surrounded by legend involving the two Iznaga brothers, who owned vast areas of land and several sugar factories in the region.
One of the stories says that the tower was constructed as a result of a dispute between the two brothers, who were in love with the same woman, so they decided to build a structure whose size in meters would determine who the winner was
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Monday, November 27, 2006

Tourism of nature

Hotel Zaza
Islazul’s Zaza Hotel, is a hunting and fishing lodge, but accepts all vacationers. The hotel has 128 air conditioned rooms with private baths, telephones, and cable TV. Most rooms enjoy views over the lake and there is a rooftop mirador. Facilities include a pleasant lobby bar, a modest restaurant, night club, swimming pool, game room and a store.Dirección: Finca San José del Palmar, Km. 5, Lago Zaza, Sancti Spiritus.


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San Jose del Lago
Just east of Yaguajay and to the north of Sancti Spiritus City, Islazul runs the San Jose del Lago Hotel. A spa resort with cabinets beneath palms that surround a lagoon with rowboat rental, plus three big swimming pools (one with thermal water). Its 30 simple thatch-roofed cabinets are air-conditioned and have hot water, cable TVs and private baths. Facilities include a modest restaurant, bars, video, game room and cabaret. Massages and herbal treatments are offered. It's a popular place of entertainment for Cubans on weekends.




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Topes de Collantes
A special microclimate, to 771 meters over the level of the sea, with they representative flora and fauna, wraps to the facilities in this mountain place, located to the northwest of Trinidad and from where the visitor enjoys a panoramic view of the Escambray´s heights, the most important mountainous group in the central region of Cuba.

It constitutes a protected natural landscape, specialized in tourism of health and nature. It has five facilities; among those that figures the biggest center to the tourism of health in the country.
Traveled by paths of ornamental and medicinal plants, enjoy an impressive jump of water, surrounded of cascades and natural pocetas, visits to the Garden of Varieties of the Coffee, stay in caves and the contact with orchids in the middle of the elevations, they are options that the tourist will always thank who enjoy this place, distinguished by the natural fertility and the tranquility of the environment.


Monday, November 20, 2006

Beach Tourism on Sancti Spiritus
Hotel Brisas Trinidad del Mar
Trinidad del Mar Hotel
Just driving 15 km south of Trinidad, a living museum city, you will find four-star Brisas Trinidad del Mar Hotel.
On the white sands of the Ancon beach, and surrounded by the astonishingly green Escambray Mountain Range, the colorful hotel in colonial architecture style highlights as the main resort over the Ancon Peninsula.
The facility counts on 241 air conditioned rooms (two for disable people). All rooms have view over the Ancon peninsula, cable TVs, telephone, radio and safety deposit box. Medical services and Massages are also offered. Facilities include a Drug store, shop, Laundry, currency exchange, Fax and E-mail services, day and night animation with live shows, a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi and sea sports. There are also car, moped and bike rentals available.
Hotel Ancón
Gran Caribe’s Ancon Hotel located at the far southern end of the Ancon beach, the hotel has 279 air conditioned rooms, private baths, telephones and radios. Facilities include a game room, cabaret, a huge swimming pool, a tourist bureau, a Photo Service shop, an atmospheric restaurant, seven bars and a car rental. Excursions and on-site scuba diving are offered.
Hotel Horizontes Costasur
The Costa Sur Hotel, at Punta de Maria Aguilar, has its own little white sand beachwith volleyball. The waters are shallow, thus rocky. The modest hotel counts on 131 air conditioned rooms and chalets all have private baths, radios and telephones. Facilities include a game room and volleyball, tennis courts, a pool and even a miniature rifle range. The hotel features scuba diving and excursions, horse rental and a wide range of

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

In this province ends the Camagüey prairie and starts some mountainous bulks, among them Encambray, where is located the peculiar city of Trinidad. Famous by its streets paved with dyed colours stones (ochre, blue, green or pink) that dates from the 18th century, has been declared by the UNESCO "Patrimony of the Humanity", mainly by its historical centre, a set of stone paved streets that reunite in the Plaza Mayor, where it raises the parochial church of the Santísima Trinidad, where it’s the 17th to 20th centuries images collection, the San Francisco convent and the Brunet palace, constructed in the 18th century. This palace, along with the Cantero palace is a faithful testimony of the architectonic splendour of the city.

Other interesting places are the former inns of the 18th century; the jigüe tree that grows in the Plaza Real; the old San Francisco de Asís convent, that lodges a peculiar Museum of the War against Bandits and the Privateer House, constructed to lodge the captain of corsairs Carlos Merlin.

The province limits to the north with the Buena Vista bay, to the east with the Ciego de Avila province and to the west with the Villa Clara and Cienfuegos provinces. The Villa Clara province, in whose capital are the rests of the mythical Che Guevara, counts on the attractiveness of its virgin and solitary beaches like Coralillo, Panchita, Carahatas and Carabarién.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

UNITED NATIONS, November 7
The UN General Assembly will vote today on the resolution presented by Cuba against the United States blockade; the overwhelming majority of nations are expected to support the resolution, as has occurred 14 years in a row.

Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque arrived in New York to present to the United Nations General Assembly the resolution called "Necessity to put an end to the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba," reported Prensa Latina.

Just hours before the resolution comes to vote, last minute manoeuvres are taking place, with Australia stepping up as the latest pawn as Washington scrambles to find nations to vote against the Cuban resolution.


El mundo no ha dejado de oponerse cada vez más al bloqueo genocida de Estados Unidos contra Cuba

Años

A FAVOR

EN CONTRA

Ausencia

ABSTENCIÓN

1992

59

3

46

71

1993

88

4

35

57

1994

101

2

33

48

1995

117

3

27

38

1996

137

3

20

25

1997

143

3

22

17

1998

157

2

14

12

1999

155

2

23

8

2000

167

3

15

4

2001

167

3

16

3

2002

173

3

11

4

2003

179

3

7

2

2004

179

4

7

7

2005

182

4

4

1


Granma Newspaper

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Topes de Collantes
Topes de Collantes, over 800 meters of the level of the sea is a place to stop to watch the existence of a prodigal nature that make that healthy and purified atmosphere of the levels of contamination of the modern life, the stress and the anxiety.

It is located 22 kilometers of the Trinidad city, at 77 km of Santa Clara, at 80 of Cienfuegos and 350 kilometers of Havana.

The climatic conditions are exceptional with parameters of environmental well-being above 60 percent, the half temperature of the air oscillates between 16 and 25 grades Celcius, the relative humidity is of 85 percent and the maximum speed of the wind of 11,6 km/h.

Those conditions determine the ecological characteristics of the region distinguished by the beauty of the flora and the fauna, with a high unique level of endemism, this attributes gave place to the creation of the Great Natural Parks Topes de Collantes.

Grottos holed in their almost vertical flaws, fence open with drainages undergrounds, narrow rivers of quick flow, beautiful cascades and jumps like the Caburní, National Monument, they ennoble the attractiveness of this worthy area of not omitting in their encounter with the nature of the island of the hospitality.

More than 15 species of pines, 12 of eucalyptuses and more than 100 ornamental plants they guarantee that the whole year there are flowers in Topes de Collantes. Variety of ferns, medicinal plants, wild orchids and butterflies supplement the beautiful environment.

Locust trees, cedar, mahogany, magnolia and teak, among other, they distinguish the place, fundamentally characterized by the prevalence of spineless, without the presence of some species dangerous for the man.

The complicated relief of the Escambray allows the existence of heights of different ranges, and small and fertile you intermountain valleys.

In this topography of varied vegetable mosaic is favored the named “Ecological Border” that increases the presence of birds like the parrot, the tocororo (national bird of Cuba), the Negrito, the sparrow hawk, the carpenter and the sijú.

They are also seven endemic species of amphibians, among those that stands out the frog “Co-lin”, called this way by the sound that they emits, it is not absent here the synergetic fauna, mainly represented by the deer white line, the hoggish jíbaro and the quail. Equally they inhabit jutías, mollusks, insects, spiders and bats. Around the area exist dogs and cats introduced by the man.

In the hillsides of the mountains the breeding of bovine, swinish and poultry livestock is fomented as source of foods for those that here live and her visitors.

Topes de Collantes
Topes de Collantes, over 800 meters of the level of the sea is a place to stop to watch the existence of a prodigal nature that make that healthy and purified atmosphere of the levels of contamination of the modern life, the stress and the anxiety.

It is located 22 kilometers of the Trinidad city, at 77 km of Santa Clara, at 80 of Cienfuegos and 350 kilometers of Havana.

The climatic conditions are exceptional with parameters of environmental well-being above 60 percent, the half temperature of the air oscillates between 16 and 25 grades Celcius, the relative humidity is of 85 percent and the maximum speed of the wind of 11,6 km/h.

Those conditions determine the ecological characteristics of the region distinguished by the beauty of the flora and the fauna, with a high unique level of endemism, this attributes gave place to the creation of the Great Natural Parks Topes de Collantes.

Grottos holed in their almost vertical flaws, fence open with drainages undergrounds, narrow rivers of quick flow, beautiful cascades and jumps like the Caburní, National Monument, they ennoble the attractiveness of this worthy area of not omitting in their encounter with the nature of the island of the hospitality.

More than 15 species of pines, 12 of eucalyptuses and more than 100 ornamental plants they guarantee that the whole year there are flowers in Topes de Collantes. Variety of ferns, medicinal plants, wild orchids and butterflies supplement the beautiful environment.

Locust trees, cedar, mahogany, magnolia and teak, among other, they distinguish the place, fundamentally characterized by the prevalence of spineless, without the presence of some species dangerous for the man.

The complicated relief of the Escambray allows the existence of heights of different ranges, and small and fertile you intermountain valleys.

In this topography of varied vegetable mosaic is favored the named “Ecological Border” that increases the presence of birds like the parrot, the tocororo (national bird of Cuba), the Negrito, the sparrow hawk, the carpenter and the sijú.

They are also seven endemic species of amphibians, among those that stands out the frog “Co-lin”, called this way by the sound that they emits, it is not absent here the synergetic fauna, mainly represented by the deer white line, the hoggish jíbaro and the quail. Equally they inhabit jutías, mollusks, insects, spiders and bats. Around the area exist dogs and cats introduced by the man.

In the hillsides of the mountains the breeding of bovine, swinish and poultry livestock is fomented as source of foods for those that here live and her visitors.

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