Bordering on the north by the Atlantic and in all other directions with rivers, mountains and forests, Baracoa is still largely isolated, which is one of its main attractions.
The city has been described as one of the most fascinating destinations of Cuba, thanks to the great diversity of its local attractions, such as the characteristic plateau of El Yunque, and a lively cultural activities, such as the street festival every April commemorates the ‘beginning of the Cuban war for independence.
Music fans visiting Baracoa appreciate the “changüí”, a feature indigenous music that resonates in the streets of nearby villages Virginia and Yateras. Baracoa is also the homeland of the Tumba Francesa, a Creole dance inspired by the French minuet. The lush and flourishing of Baracoa rainforests are home to thousands of species of flora and fauna, many of which are rare or endangered.
The diversity of the landscape – semi-arid cactus, fertile mountain plantations and seaside paradise – makes the surroundings of Baracoa so pleasant as the city itself. Among the excursions to remember there are a UNESCO biosphere reserve of Cuchillas del Toa (which includes the Alejandro de Humboldt National Park) and Saltadero magnificent waterfall, 17 meters high.