Quote — Proust
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¡Oh Camagüey, oh suave comarca de pastores y sombreros!
Nicolas Guillén (1902-1989), Cuba's National Poet

September 8 2017, hurricane Irma tested the capacity of the Cuban people and their institutions. Suffering the greatest damage in Camaguey province were the north coast municipalities of Esmeralda, Sierra de Cubitas, Minas and Nuevitas, located on the northern coastline upturning the peaceful lives of more than 50 coastal and farming communities.

Five months have passed, and the panorama is now a different one. The images of destruction and despair (43, 689 homes damaged) have given way to hope. All tourist facilities are fully operational. Details >here<

Plaza de Trabajadores - The Workers' Plaza
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Established in 1514 as Santa María del Puerto del Príncipe in the centre of what is now Cuba's cattle country, long known as the town of tinajones (large earthen jars), the third largest city on the island was long isolated from the rest of the island until the railway passed through in 1903, then the Carretera Central, trans-island highway in 1931.

Its local historical hero is an army general,
Ignacio Agramonte who died fighting in 1873. Camaguey boasts a wide architectural heritage with some 300 hectares of buildings in good condition, and the largest contingent of Catholics in the country who pray in its numerous baroque churches. On June 8, 2008, the town center's 54 hectares were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Details here.

The influence of its settlers from Andalucia has given Camaguey some lovely
ornate small plazas surrounded by colonial mansions. The country's great contemporary poet Nicolas Guillén (1902-1989), exiled under Batista, eulogist of negritude, interbreeding and the Revolución as well as first president of the UNEAC (Cuban writers and artists) is remembered on calle Hermanos Agüero in his childhood house, now a museum.

Its
ballet troupe of 75 dancers, Ballet Folclórico de Camagüey is the second most important in the country, having created works more than 130 times around the world since its foundation in 1968. Its theatre, music, puppet and magic venues and groups also attract spectators regularly.

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Amancio, 88
Bayamo, 211
Cayo Coco, 200
Cayo Cruz, 110
Cayo Sabinal, 75
Ciego de Avila, 111
Esmeralda, 87
Guáimaro, 80
Holguin, 208
Jaronú (Brasil), 77
La Gloria, 69
La Habana, 543
Las Tunas, 124

Minas, 35
Moron, 148
Nuevitas, 79
Playa Santa Lucia, 109
Santa Clara, 269
Santa Cruz del Sur, 82
Santa Lucia - Info, 109
Santiago, 317
Sierra de Cubitas, 32
Trinidad, 255
Vertientes, 30


Nicolas Guillén as seen by Erin Currier
Nicolas Guillén as seen by Erin Currier
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POPULATION 326,918 (2007)

SEE.KNOW.DO
Mercado Agropecuario El Rio, the farmers market — fruits, vegetables including ñames, boniatos, malangas, yuccas and all varieties in between, meats, sandwiches, freshly-squeezed orange juice for pennies : unique in Cuba Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria - photo Casa de Jesus Suarez Gayol who led student movement against Batista, was first Minister of Sugar and died in Bolivia with the Che : a small but moving museum Casa Natal de Ignacio Agromonte Casa Natal de Nicolas Guillen on calle Hermanos Agüero Casino Campestre (nice large park in centre : see box below) Museo Hospital San Juan de Dios, Plaza San Juan de Dios Iglesia del Carmen a rare two-steepled church; in pink Iglesia de la Soledad near narrowest street in Cuba, el Callejon de la Soledad Iglesia Nuestra Señora de la Merced with some ceiling paintings Museo provincial Ignacio Agromonte, avenida de los Martires, La Vigia Plaza San Juan de Dios Monasterio de las Ursulinas Galeria Alejo Carpentier Tifereht Israel Synagogue

PALADARES
El Cardenal, calle Marti 309 for its great (best in Cuba?) comidas criollas; La Terraza, calle Santa Rosa 8 for mutton, chicken and pork; El Califa, calle San Clemente (Raul Lamar) 49 : hearty meats for the macho in you. Lonely Planet says its "food is fantastic"; La Mandarina Roja on Padre Olallo 731 offers Chinese food in pesos.

RESTAURANTS
Best choice is
La Isabela in what used to be a cinema, honors Cuba's movie directors and serves lasagna, fettucine and a good pizza : always crowded since it opened in April 08, corner Agramonte and Independencia El Retorno very affordable fare (fried yucca, piglet) on calle Bella Vista Bodegan Don Cayetano calle Republica 79 for prawns, tuna and chorizo, tavern-style lovely Parador de Los Tres Reyes on Plaza San Juan de Dios for chicken and next door in a fab location La Campana de Toledo in courtyard, main courses from 7cuc to 18cuc Don Ronquillo, Calle Ignacio Agramonte 406 expensive but in a nice setting on Galeria Colonial's shaded patio, payable in moneda nacional El Ovejito in Plaza del Carmen for lamb chops; the very popular menu at Rancho Luna on Plaza Maceo La Volante for its version of the national dish, ropa vieja;

DINING ROOMS in local hotels : Salon Caribe on 5th floor of Gran Hotel, calle Maceo 67; the dining room at the Hotel Colon, calle republica 472; Hotel Plaza, calle Van Horne 1; Hotel Puerto Principe, ave de los Martires;

LUNCHES, ETC
Snacks, pastries or ice cream Meson for local beer on calle Republica Impacto (sundaes and cake) on Republica 366 Calle Republica's ice creams; fried chicken at Cafeteria Las Ruinas on Maceo Cafeteria El Ferro near the estacion de tren Panaderia Doña Neli, facing the Gran Hotel, a good bakery burgers in the Gran Hotel snack bar Vicaria Pollito's chicken specialties (5km on way to Nuevitas)

SERVICES
Tourist info center Infotur (too rare in Cuba) on Agramonte 448 also harbors the organized tours desks of Havanatur 28-8604 offices and swimming pool at the Gran Hotel (2cuc); Rent a bike at Cafeteria Las Ruinas or at Islazul, corner Maceo; car rental at Hotel Camaguey : Havanautos (32) 27-2239, Cubataxi (32) 28-1247, Public library : Biblioteca Publica Cisneros 177 (32) 29-37-73, Policlínica Centro's medical services, calle República 211 (32) 29-7810 EcoTur (32) 22-5844 ecotur @ caonao.cu.

Bus Viazul links above (32) 27-0194 terminal is named Alvaro Barba, 3 km southeast on way to Sibanicu Planes airport is 9km northeast on way to Nuevitas with a daily flight to La Habana Aeropuerto Ignacio Agromonte (32) 26-1862 Trains (local and national links above) Estacion de Ferrocaril, Avenida Carlos J. Finlay (32) 28-3214) Worthy of note : a day train leaves for Moron — 148 km northeast of here through Florida and Ciego de Avila. Moron is the gateway to cayos Coco, Guillermo, Paredon Grande and Romano — at 15h30 every afternoon.

WHY FIGHT IT ? GET YOUR WIFI HERE
Muchas wifi zonas locally (1cuc/hour) of which the most popular is Plaza de los Trabajadores the huge central park Centro Recreativo Casino Campestre Parque Agramonte Parque 28 de Septiembre Parque del Amor Plaza del Gallo Callejon de los Milagros Parque Céspedes Centro Tecnológico Asociación Hermanos Saiz Recinto Santa Cecilia Complejo Lago de los Sueños Cafetería El Legandario Complejo Mercado La Caridad.

Telepunto/Etecsa to buy the password scratch cards (1cuc), on República between San José & San Martín or at Centro Multiservicios, (the Che building) Ignacio Agramonte 442, e/ López Recio y Plaza de los Trabajadores ; both are open daily from 8h30 to 19h30 hrs.


Street scene with artsy background on calle Finlay, with graffitart doing the nice job. © sogestour


Refurbished for humans — and damn the polluting clunkers, however romantic they may seem — for the quality of breathable air, the new pedestrian streets (called bulevars) as well as the renovation of hotels, restaurants and shops are attracting everyone back to city centres in Cuba © alain sojourner - More photos on click.

Centro de Cultura Comunitaria, calle Popular a museum showing modern art and upstairs, various shows © sogestour
Centro de Cultura Comunitaria, calle Popular a museum showing modern art and upstairs, various shows © sogestour | Mercado agropecuario El Rio, the large outdoors market is one of most pleasant on the island © linda - picasa

Raul Castro accepting a bible from local Bishop Miguel Angel Ortiz during the ceremony witnessed by 30,000 participants of the beatification on November 29 2008 of Cuban José Olallo, brother of the Order de San Juan de Dios, who looked after the body of Ignacio Agramonte.
"A gift for all", "a significant turn", "a memorable milestone", "an historic event", the beatification on November 29 2008 of Cuban José Olallo of the Order de San Juan de Dios, who looked after the sick and the dying for over five decades. "He's the saint of charity, of service to the sick." Photos : Raul Castro accepting a bible from local Bishop Miguel Angel Ortiz during the ceremony witnessed by 30,000 fervent Camagueyanos |Portrait of José Olallo Valdés (1820-1899)

Plaza de los Trabajadores seen by photog Eyanex © eyanex, panoramio
Freshly repainted edificios at one end of the central Plaza de los Trabajadores, the workers' plaza, Ernesto watching. © sogestour

The Glorieta in central park Casino Campestre © davidcesar71,
The Glorieta in Camaguey's lovely central park named Casino Campestre is the same as when it was inaugurated with a concert in 1928 © davidcesar71, panoramio

Museo San Juan de Dios
On the plaza of the same name, Museo San Juan de Dios where Padre (now Saint) José Olallo Valdés arrived as a brother in 1835 and spent the next 54 years taking care of the sick. Now a museum of local architecture with a Sala de Medicina, an homage to its recent past as a childrens' hospital © robert bilodeau, picasaweb

Legendary bar El Cambio
Legendary bar El Cambio also named Casa de la Suerte (House of Luck) where a winning lottery ticket was sold in 1947 : as enchanting if not more than Havana's Bodeguita del Medio. Other new night spots have sprouted : The Beatles bar, the Yesterday bar, the Fotograma, el Callejon de los Milagros, etc ©
Ismael Francisco/ Cubadebate.

Iglesia Nuestra Señora de la Merced
In city center on Plaza de los Trabajadores, the grand Iglesia Nuestra Señora de la Merced where legend tells of a miraculous flying figure seen in 1601; a coffin made of solid silver, the Santo Sepulcro and the catacombs are must-sees © meneldor, picasaweb


In this devoutly catholic city, most kids in the 50's had to be educated by religious orders. Here Colegio Champagnat and mouseover, the Colegio Salesiano. Both have been restaured recently; exiled nostalgic graduates of these alma maters have web sites honouring their rites of passage © unk

Viazul goes by here both ways 8 x day
Viazul busses go by here east and west 8 times per day to/from Varadero, Santiago, Havana and Trinidad via Santa Clara, Sancti Spiritus, Trinidad, Ciego de Avila, Camaguey, Las Tunas, Cardenas and Colon. Links to 4 skeds above left BUS SKED.


The Conectando Cuba daily Transtur bus leaves most Habana hotels from 7 to 7:40 am, arrives at 14h55 at Hotel Ciego de Avila (27cuc, 424km) near which it then stops for lunch (included in fare) at Parador Rio Azul, then arrives at 16h55 at Hotel Camaguey (33cuc, 545km) and gets in Holguin at Hotel Pernik at 19:55 hrs, 739km later for 44cuc. Then leaves for Hotel Melia in Santiago de Cuba where it arrives at 21h55 (51cuc, 881km). Click for PDF. Return trip leaves Santiago daily at 0700, leaves Holguin at 9h00, Camaguey at Noon, stops for lunch at Parador Oasis (468km from Havana), leaves Ciego at 14h55 and gets to Miramar, Vedado and Vieja hotels between 20h55 and 21h35.

Hotel Camaguey is located quite far east of the old town centre on Carretera Central Este, e/ Cespedes y Marti. Map. Ask driver (and convince fellow passengers) to be let out in front of the huge central park Casino Campestre by which he has to pass. You then have to cross the bridge over to the centro historico - with casa Dalgis steps away on calle Independencia.

YEARLY CULTURAL EVENTS IN TOWN



:::::: Jornadas de la Cultura Camagueyana (Dozens of events during the first two weeks of February) Taller Nacional de la Critica Cinematografica (movie critics - in March). In May ::: Festival Nacional de Teatro Camagüey held on the stages of Teatro del Viento, Teatro de la Enseñanza Artística, el Principal, Casino Campestre, Teatro Guiñol and the Edad de Oro with plays by Cuban authors ::: Festival de Teatro Carlos Moctezuma (children's plays in June) ::: Carnival San Juan Camagueyano (African music, parades and dance, end of June) ::: Encuentro de Cultura Popular Tradicional (Folklore dancing in July) ::: Cruzada Literaria (Book crusade in August) ::: Salón Provincial Fidelio Ponce de León (Provincial plastic arts fair in September) ::: Feria Provincial de Arte Popular (Popular arts fair in October) ::: Fiesta de la Joven Guitarra (Young guitarists, solo or groups in October) ::: Fiesta de las Flores (Floral arrangements contest, pottery, conferences in November) ::: Festival Internacional de Videoarte (Art videos in December) ::: Festival de la Carcoma (Sculpture making on the spot - alternates with ::: Festival de Barro y Fuego (Artisans at work in Plaza de los Trabajadores) ::: Festival del Tinajon (the huge pots which are the symbol of the ciudad; organized by the Adalberto Alvarez music group - since Nov 2017) .

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NIGHT SPOTS AND BARS

Bar Casablanca
Comedy & musica
Callejón de los Milagros (Ignacio Agramonte).

Bar Yesterday
Música from the 60's to the 80's
República 222 e/ Ignacio Agramonte y Callejón del Castellano
Tel. (32) 24-4943

Casa de la Trova Patricio Ballagas
Música traditional & trova
Cisneros 171 e/ Cristo y Martí
Tel. (32) 29-1357

Centro Cultural Caribe
Comedy & Musica
Javier de la Vega 18 esq. Freyre, Rpto. Alturas del Casino
Tel. (32) 29-8112


Centro Cultural Fotograma
Music shows
Ignacio Agramonte No. 409
Tel. (32) 29-7440

La Bigornia
Jazz Club
República 394 esq. Correa
Tel. (32) 28-4784

Sala de Fiesta Copacabana
Música and music videos
Every day 22h - 02h00
Carretera Central Este, e/ Padre Felipe y María del Rosario
Tel. (32) 25-3858

Sport Bar
Bar with entertainment
Thursday to Sunday / 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 a.m.
República 471 e/ San José y San Martín
Tel. (32) 28 2903

A MOMENT OF SILENCE, POR FAVOR, IN ONE OF ITS CHURCHES
Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, Parroquial Mayor (1530) Nuestra Señora de la Soledad (1779) Nuestra Señora de la Merced (1601) Nuestra Señora de Santa Ana Nuestra Señora del Carmen (1825) San Lazaro (1700) San Juan de Dios Iglesia de la Caridad Sagrado Corazon de Jesus Santo Cristo del Buen Viaje (1723)



ART GALLERIES+STUDIOS
ARTICLE IN TORONTO STAR, Kim Honey Jan 2018

Centro Provincial de Artes Plásticas
República 289, e/ Finlay y San Esteban
Tel: (32) 29 1363

Estudio Jover
Ramón Pintó 109, e/ González Hurtado
y Matías Varona, Plaza de San Juan de Dios
Tel: (32) 24 3646 / 29 2305

Taller - Galería Larios
Independencia 301 esq. General Gómez
Tel: (32) 24 1318

Taller - Galería Martha Jiménez
Hermanos Agüero 282 e/ Honda y Carmen
Tel: (32) 25 7559 / 24 1914

Estudio El Gato Azul
San Juan de Dios e/ Ángel y Plaza San Juan de Dios
Tel: (32) 28 5821 / 29 2305

Galería Iris
Ignacio Agramonte esq. Lope Recio
Tel: (32) 28 1400


Estudio Galería Pepe
San Juan de Dios 9 e/ Ángel y Plaza de San Juan de Dios
Tel: (32) 29 8592

Galería Deltoro
Hermanos Agüero 266 e/ Honda y Carmen
cel: 53 65 29 99

Galería Osmar Yero
Hermanos Agüero 253-A e/ Honda y Carmen
cel: 54 77 23 24

Estudio Taller Yanel
San Juan de Dios 11-A e/ Ángel y Plaza de San Juan de Dios
cel: 53 52 75 32

Estudio Galería E Rosales
San Juan de Dios 24-A
Tel: (32) 24 4662 e/ Ángel y Plaza de San Juan de Dios

Estudio Galería Magdiel
San Juan de Dios 26B e/ Ángel y Plaza de
San Juan de Dios
Tel: (32) 28 6842 / 29 3454


Go north for Cayo Sabinal, Playa Santa Lucia, Nuevitas and the town of La Gloria, north of Sola. Click map.

Parque central in Jaronu, 80 km northwest, a highly recommended excursion from Camaguey © sogestour 03.02.17
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Discover Jaronu (Brasil) and stay at Casa Silvia

Discover Jaronu (Brasil) and stay at Casa Silvia

Discover Jaronu (Brasil) and stay at Casa Silvia

Discover Jaronu (Brasil) and stay at Casa Silvia
Discover Jaronu (Brasil) and Cayo Cruz and stay at one of three casas particulares, including Silvia's - facade above. photos © sogestour 03.02.17

Map of Cayo Cruz, link to details

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST
Before the crowds invade the place, try to get to Jaronu, 80 km northwest of Camaguey or 87 km east of Moron. You will find the sugar mill, aka Central azucarera de Brasil still in operation, 24/7. In its golden era, some 10,000 obreros worked in the main buildings right in town and in the dozens of sugar cane fields in the region, all the way to Esmeralda - the town which supplies and rules the area. It is still the most productive sugar mill on the north coast of the island. The ever-present purring of the cane becoming sugar (and molases, etc) lulls everyone to sleep. Oiste?

During the 40's, the US-based company which owned its twin mill in Bolivia near Moron had built the Jaronu "batey" (workers quarters and stores) with identical cement homes whereas in Bolivia, there are in wood. All in a row, well-kept by the local population, they are an architectural oddity for Cuba and maybe the world. Go see for yourself.

Of the few dozen houses, three rent to travelers from abroad : casa Doña Blanca, casa Alexey and the most interesting, Silvia's - for Silvia Maria Delgado Herrera. She ran Human Resources for the mill for close to 40 years. You will meet her in Casa Silvia located right on the town's lovely main park with a church at one end and La Casona at the other.

The village of Jaronu and the casas can be found on this map. Silvia's phone (32) 60-6248 cel. 53 33 60 An unforgettable excursion, 125 miles away, an easy drive by rental car or taxi and even by train - from Nuevitas.

Both Avalon (Italy) and Flora y Fauna (Cuba) are running the old sugar mill manager's house La Casona, steps from Silvia's casa, Tel. (32) 60-6380 - they offer expensive catch & release fly fishing packages which can only be booked via the Web and operating from Cayo Cruz (which was badly hit by hurricane Irma on September 9 2017).

The small and quiet village of Jaronu (aka Brasil) will become the gateway to Cayo Cruz, a sandy key which author Ernest Hemingway featured in his novel "Islands in the Stream". Covered in sand, its flour-like beaches are named Playa Cara, Playa Onda, Playa Sigua and Playa Dorada.

The French Bouygues engineering group will complete the Quebrada 17 resort with 550 rooms in January 2018, the first of 5 or 6 resorts. Already on the huge neighbouring Cayo Romano, Marina Gaviota is operating for the lucky rich few; hotel workers will be staying in Jaronu near the mini shopping center north of town where dozens of empty new apartment buildings await.

Meanwhile, mornings and evenings, lines of busses loaded with construction workers cross Jaronu to and fro the cayo. Playa Jiguey for those who don't want to go all the way is 10 km from town.

ECOTOURING : A HANDFUL OF DAY TRIPS
Casas particulares can book you passage on an 8-seat Viazul minibus to La Boca (Los Cocos), a quiet spot at the entrance of the canal de Nuevitas. One can see Cayo Sabinal on the horizon. Departs at 8:30, returns at 5 p.m. Tickets 12cuc p.p. return. Otherwise, drive to Santa Lucia : there is a 12km-long playa.

••• Local agency Ecotur can handle visits to Cayo Sabinal as well as the regional parks and responsible tourism which includes an excursion named Cocodrilo which visits a tiny settlement once populated by aborigines along rio Maximo where a corcodile nursery can now be found. It's only 50 km away near Minas.

A newer offering goes to the old sugar mill works in the town of Brasil (aka Jaronu) where a 30's era house (the sugar mill's boss) — La Casona — has been restaured to offer 8 bedrooms for catch & release fishing packages off Cayo Romano. In Cuba, dial 0 32 60-6380

Still another proposed excursion is called Flamencotur which is a catamaran cruise among the cayos where flamingos thrive — the largest nesting of these birds in the Caribbean — near Nuevitas.

Some nostalgics and history buffs will ride 69 km north to La Gloria to see Willam Stokes' grave. He lived in a fascinating enclave established in 1899 by American farmers which peaked in 1914 and was wiped out by a hurricane in 1932, the same which hit Santa Cruz del Sur. Details here and in the Isabel Santos video which premiered February 7, 2018.

And a popular visit is the one to a farm 5 km from
Najasa : Hacienda La Belén, some 54 km south of Camaguey in the Sierra del Chorrillo. According to National Geographic, it is one of the most attractive country inns on the island with only 10 bedrooms and a swimming pool; horse riding, nature walks, bird watching; budget rates. More info through Ecotur or here

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EcoTur (32) 22-5844 ecotur @ caonao.cu.

Libertador Desconocido in Casino Campestre © Historiador de Camaguey
Libertador Desconocido


Footpath in Limones Tuabaquey
CASINO CAMPESTRE : CITIZENS WIN ALL THE TIME
Since its creation in 1902, the central city park named Casino Campestre as enchanted visitors who can enjoy its sights while walking by a children's park, a mini zoo and some monumentos : the one celebrating Salvador Cisneros Betancourt named President by the revolutionaries of 1898; the monument to the Libertador Desconocido (the unknown liberator, at left), the monumento dedicated to Barberan & Collar and a cave like those found in European city parks at the beginning of the last century : La Gruta, influenced by Catalan Modernism. Other statues include Manuel Ramon Silva and another representing Gonzalo de Quesada, José Marti's assistant and, in red and white, the same colors it had in 1928, an eclectic-styled gazebo, the Glorieta.

The stage called
El Castillito is the scene of actors and comics such as Sir Clown a local troupe presently touring the island with a show named Ambulantes.

DOWN SOUTH : a town reborn, beaches and cayos
About 82 km southeast, via Santa Rosa and La Daseada, the town of Santa Cruz del Sur, (Holy Cross of the South) on the Caribbean coast, from where one may find playas Bonita 2,5km off town or Las Playuelas 8k away. Town was totally wiped out (2,000 dead) in 1932 but now survives with fishing and land grazing and food growing shared by a population of 49,904 (2007).

Fishermen still ply some of the hitherto unknown 36 cayos offshore of the province of Camaguey. Closest to the coast : Carnero, Muerto, Pinipiniche, Mate Adentro, Bergantines, Pasa Honda or Güincho; furthest : Rabihocardo and Loma).

SIERRA DE CUBITAS
Some 26 km northeast of town via Paso de Lesca (map), in the middle of the Sierra de Cubitas lies the newly-appointed Reserva Ecológica Limones-Tuabaquey A nature interpretation centre is to start in 2010 to welcome up to 60 visitors overnight with forests to explore and nature to observe.

(Photo at left links to Cuban web site with details - in Español).
Moctezuma Theater Festival Popular Art Festival Encuentro annual Book crusade
EVENINGS
Every saturday evening in San Juan de Dios park, travellers (some all the way from the cayos) gather to enjoy songs, dances and traditional Afro Cuban music which resound and abound in the great square. Colours and movements mix with drums and congas and captivate the spectators in a show that includes rites and santeria music in Cuba. It's called Wemilere and it's followed by an invitation to dinner at La Campana de Toledo for typical fare.

LA VIDA LOCA
Noche Camagueyana is a weekly "saturday nite folly" street fiesta (food and alcohol stalls, loud music for lookers, shakers and minglers) stretching on calle Republica from the train station to La Soledad;

BARS include tiny but so atmospheric El Cambio on Marti corner Independencia. Opened in 1909, named "Casa de la Suerte" or House of Luck : go see why La Terraza where locals abound, blaber and drink Patio Colonial in Galeria Colonial Taberna Bucanero on Republica has a pirate theme La Bigornia for barely-adult and flashily-clad chicas; the piano bar at the Gran Hotel is best spot for, as says Lonely Planet "cross-cultural fertilization" between tourists and jiniteras; there may be a 9 pm show in the swimming pool Hotel Colon's bar is also enticing and nice to gawk in

Ballet Endedans
Museo San Juan de Dios
SHOWS
Galeria Uneac on Cisneros 159, trova and rumba shows with two saturday-only concerts Casa de la Trova at Cisneros 171 in front of Agramonte statue in park in a lovely and compact setting. Sunday mornings, seniors gather to sing the old standards El Colonial is a cabaret with a 7cuc cover for local artists performing variety shows and standup comedy Sala Teatro José Luis Tasende on Ramon Guerrero with stage plays by professional troupe Conjunto Dramatico Teatro Principal on Padre Valencia 64 where you can with luck see the ballet troupe of 75 dancers, Ballet Folclórico de Camagüey having performed works more than 130 times around the world since its foundation in 1968; the troupe toured Italy in May 2010; other local dance troupes include Ballet de Camaguey and Ballet Contemporaneo Endedans Copacabana is a discoteca on main road facing the ballet center Teatro Cubano de la Magia (Cuba's magic theatre on General Gomez 364) Teatro Guiñol de Camaguey (Puppets on Lugareño, corner San Clemente) Baseball at Estadio Candido Gonzalez, avenida 26 de Julio Cinemas : the last one standing is the Encanto on calle Agramonte.

ANNUAL CULTURAL EVENTS
Jornadas de la Cultura Camagueyana (Dozens of events and shows during the first two weeks of February) Since 1997, the month of May sees another great edition of the Festival Nacional de Teatro Camagüey held in local venues Teatro del Viento, Teatro de la Enseñanza Artística, el Principal, Casino Campestre, the Guiñol Theatre and the Edad de Oro theater featuring (in 2010, 21 plays were presented) by authors and actors from all over the island Other local annual cultural events include : Festival de Teatro Carlos Moctezuma (Childrens' Theater in June) Carnival San Juan Camagueyano (African music, parades, dancing, late June) Encuentro de Cultura Popular Tradicional (Folk Dances in July) Cruzada Literaria (Literary crusade in August) Salón Provincial Fidelio Ponce de León (Provincial Plastic Arts Fair in September) Feria Provincial de Arte Popular (Provincial Popular Art Fair in October) Fiesta de la Joven Guitarra (Young guitarists, solists or in groups in October) Fiesta de las Flores (Flower arrangement contests, poetry, conferences in November) Festival Internacional de Videoarte (Art on Video in November) with hundreds of works from Canadá, España, Alemania, Italia, Francia, Colombia and Cuba in 2013, the 6th annual edition.

The city cemetery •]• A view of a Santa Lucia beach at sunset
Necropolis, the city cemetery © jakaphoto.com
•]• One stretch of playa on Santa Lucia © unk
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LA CHINA
Upstairs colonial, two ac br's, ensuites, rooftop
Padre Valencia 57, e/ San Ramon (José Varona) y Lugareno, in town center facing Teatro principal. Tel. (32) 28-3028 cel Misleydi 54 65 92 40 or Janet 53 84 75 79 or Susana 53 38 64 39



ELSA
Colonial - Two ac bedrooms, private baths, patio
San Fernando (Bartolomé Maso) 62, e/ Tio Perico y Triana, some 200 meters from Plaza de la Juventud, in the heart of town. Tel (32) 29-8104 cel. 58 13 47 00

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MIRIAM
Upstairs, three ac br's, ensuites, roof terrace
Joaquin de Aguero 525, one floor up, e/ 25 de Julio y Perucho Figueredo in reparto La Vigia. Locate on this Google map. Tel. (32) 28-2120 cel 52 70 32 52

MIRIAM GUERRA DE LA CRUZ

DALGIS
Colonial - Four ac bedrooms, ensuites, patio
Independencia 64, e/ Matias Varona (San Rafael) y Padre Olallo (Pobres), between Plazas las Leyendas and San Juan de Dios. Tel. (32) 28-4016 cel 52 62 68 33



CORONA
Colonial - two ac bedrooms, private baths, patio
Manuel Ramon Silva (San José) 417, e/ Republica y Avellaneda one block from the train station (Ferrocaril). Tel. (32) 22-1336 cel. 53 52 60 25

HOSTAL CORONA

DALIA
Two ac bedrooms, ensuites
General Gomez 251, esquina (corner) José Varona (San Ramon), behind Palacio de Convenciones. Tel. (32) 29-8620 cel. 52 63 72 66

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DEYSI V
Two aircon bedrooms, ensuites, terrace
Popular (Ramon Guerrero) 62 e/ Padre Valencia y Lope Recio, right by Plaza de los Trabajadores. Cell 53 13 55 30



LOS VITRALES V
Colonial - two ac bedrooms, private baths, patio
Avellaneda 3, e/ General Gomez y Marti, town center near Parque Marti. Tel. (32) 29-5866

HOSPEDAJE COLONIAL LOS VITRALES

LOS HELECHOS - MARIA y VICTOR V
Colonial - two ac bedrooms, private baths, patio
República 68, entre Pobres (Padre Olallo) y Luaces, facing the Museo Estudiantil Tel. (32) 29-4868 Cel 52 31 18 97

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CARIDAD V
Colonial - two ac bedrooms, private baths, patio
Oscar Primelles (San Estéban) 310 A, e/Bartolomé Maso (San Fernando) y Padre Olallo (Pobre) in centre, five blocks from Plaza de los Trabajadores. Tel. (32) 29-1554

Camaguey • La casa de Caridad

LANCARA V
Colonial - two ac bedrooms, private baths, patio
Avellaneda 160 e/ Jaime y Ignacio Agramonte (Estrada Palma), behind La Soledad church. Tel. (32) 23-3187 Cel 52 81 03 75



FREDDY y AURELIA V
Two ac bedrooms, private baths, patio
Primera paralela #311, e/Fernando de Zayas y Manuel R Artola, reparto La Vigía (Florat) a few blocks north of Museo Ignacio Agramonte. Tél. (32) 28-5811 Cel 52 75 29 46



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MAYRA y GASPAR V
Two aircon bedrooms, private baths, patio
General Gómez 546, almost on corner of Amalia Simoni, near Plaza de La Habana. Tel. (32) 29-6725 cel 52 89 15 90



CASALTA V
Upstairs, two ac bedrooms, ensuites, terrace
Cisneros160 Altos (upstairs), e/ Luaces y San Clemente, steps from Parque Agramonte. Tel. (32) 27-4212 cel. 54 66 02 91

CASALTA
CONCHITA (BALCON LOS HELECHOS) V
Upstairs, two ac bedrooms, ensuites
General Gomez 253 altos (upstairs) apart 3, e/San Ramon y Goyo Benitez (Principe), two blocks from Plaza de los Trabajadores. Tel (32) 29-4576 cell 53 45 14 88

CONCHITA

ALEIDA V
Colonial - one ac bedroom , ensuite, patio
San Martin 580 e/San Ramon (José Varona) y Santa Rosa, two blocks from train (ferrocaril) and three from Museo Agramonte. Tél. (32) 24-0612

ALEIDA

GREEN HOUSE ML V
Four ac bedrooms, ensuites, patio, pool
Padre Valencia 281 e/ Acción Civica y Santa Rosa, two blocks from train (ferrocaril) and three from Museo Agramonte. Tél. (32) 24-0612

GREEN HOUSE ML

LAS CHISMOSAS V
Three ac bedrooms, ensuites, patio
Calle General Gómez 258, e/ Masvidal (Hnos Padilla?) y San Ramón (E.J. Varona), two blocks from Plaza de los Trabajadores. Tél. (32) 29-1696

LAS CHISMOSAS - Martha

JARONU 1921 V
Two ac bedrooms, ensuite, patio, easy street park.
Sociedad Patriotica 14 e/ Libertad y Cuba, near cross-Cuba highway Carretera Central Este which goes along the huge Casino Campestre park; some 7 blocks from rio Hatibonico and the old town. Tel. (32)

JARONU 1921


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