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|Neglected by visitors who drive by on the circumvalacion — the road which bypasses the town, El Balcon del Oriente or Victoria de Las Tunas offers a lot of campesino tranquillity in this, a large cattle growing and milk-producing region.
The region boasts two fauna reserves some 18 km north in the Bahia del Malagueta and sea access through Puerto Padre barely 56 km north.
Local hero is a 19th century soldier, General Vicente Garcia who fought for independence in 1868 and liberated the town 8 years later.
The centre was recently renovated in time to welcome a dozen works by artists participating in its Sculpture Biennal confirming Las Tunas as the Cuban capital of sculpture. Among the 70 works permanently exhibited in public places around town are the Monument to Labor, the Opposed Faces of Maniabo and Jibacoa, the Cucalambé and the Taino Column.
The tunero poet Juan Cristobal Napoles y Fajardo was the father of cucalambé, (verses of onomatopoeia from nature); he mysteriously vanished in 1862. A century and a half later, his style has reappeared in what some call spin, improvised verses.
In summer at El Cornito, poets of the Fiesta Cucalambé mimic rythmic rhymes folkloric. In October, the annual Palabra Viva festival features groups from all over the island perpetuating the power of the "living word". In December, its the annual country fair, quite an affair.
The Hormigo river meanders across the city. The city is called Las Tunas because of the lots of cactus planted in its backyards, gardens and terraced roofs. Nine beautiful and useful bridges link the banks of the river, to make life easier for its residents.
POPULATION 192,967 (2007)
Memorial a los Martires de Barbados — the 78 victims of a Cubana DC-8 explosion in 1976, a crime committed by terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, still harbored by the USA. The Museo-Casa is on Calle Lucas Ortiz 334 e/ Teniente Peiso y Mártires de Barbados Link • Museo Provincial General Vicente Garcia (history of the region) • Memorial Mayor General Vicente Garcia • Memorial 26 de Julio • Casa Natal del Vicente Garcia Gonzalez (birthplace of the local liberator) • Casa Natal Juan Cristobal Napoles y Fajardo • Galeria de Arte •
The three large parks : Vicente Garcia, Maceo and Independence park, the Plaza Martiana with its Parque Solar.
Caballo Blanco on Frank Pais 85 (also a casa particular), La Bamba on Angel de la Guardia (Frank Pais), El Balcon Fernando Suarez 14
Cache on Francisco Varona; La Romana also on Francisco Varona;
Internet connections open daily 8h30-19h30 Telepunto de Las Tunas, calle Francisco Vega No. 237 e/ Lucas Ortiz y Vicente García • Cubana 4-27-02, Havanautos 4-93-28, • Radio Victoria 1050AM, 94,5FM CubaCEL Calle Francisco Vega No.237 e/ Lucas Ortiz y Vicente García Open Mon-Fri 8:30- 12:30 and 13h-16h Sat 8:30-11:30
Bus Viazul (2xweek) Bayamo 6, Ciego de Avila 13, Holguin 6, La Habana 39, Sancti Spiritus 17, Santa Clara 22, Santiago 11 Air La Habana (4 x day) 66cuc Trains (sked link above)
At least 6 times daily, a Viazul bus goes through Las Tunas, either on its way to or from Santiago and either daytime or night schedules — Sked link on click
One of the largest protected nature areas on the island, Bahia del Malagueta (23,262 hectares of which 9,210 are underwater) includes the Cerro de Caisimú and Coto de Caza Yariguá (255 km2), flora and fauna reserves where hunting and fishing are permitted in season. About 18 km north.
Excursion to the north coast and the bay of Puerto Manati and the nearby town of Manati : our notes here.
Casa de la Cultura at Vicente Garcia 8; El Taino on Carretera Central; El Ranchon at the roundabout for Holguin 24/7, gets lively at 0300 hrs after discos close; Baseball : Estadio Julio Antonio Mella, Cabaret Taino, Cine Disco Luanda, Disco Bar La Cubana, Teatro de Guiñol; La Terraza El Caracol, La Terraza Fondo de Bienes Culturales (Bar), La Terraza del Hotel Cadillac.
Plaza Cultural in town center © eyanex, panoramio
Plaza Cultural Tanque de Buena Vista, a evitalization project turned into a parka and, you guessed it, a wi-fi zone © acn yaciel peña de la peña
Playa Covarrubias, 72 km north of Las Tunas and one million miles from Canada, eh ? © sogestour
Fuente de las Antillas, a large fountain filled with sculptures by Rita Longa © eyanex, panoramio
|WALKIN' THE TUNAS
Memorial House — Mayor General Vicente García Gonzá [Vicente García no number e/ Francisco Vega y Julián Santana] • Ensemble of sculptures "Fuente de Las Antillas" (photo above) [Calles Vicente García y Lucas Ortiz] • Ensemble of sculptures El Quijote [Ave. Libertad] • Headquarters of the cavalry [Vicente García e/24 de febrero y 13 de octubre] • Finca / Farm El Cornito [Carretera Central Oeste km. 9] • Fort of the Loma Hill Fort [calle 25 de diciembre no number e/ Av. Libertad y Carlos M. de Céspedes] • Fort Castillo de Salcedo [Av. Libertad] • Parque de la Independencia [Calle José de Villalta y Saavedra] • Parque Vicente García-Antigua Plaza de Armas [Vicente García angle Francisco Varona] • Plaza de la Revolución "Mayor General Vicente Gar [Av. 2 de diciembre, angle Ave 30 de Noviembre • Teatro Raúl Gómez García [calle Vicente García 267, e/Lara y Heredia]
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PEDRO y ELIZABETH
Three ac br's (2 upstairs), ensuites, patio
Lico Cruz # 29, entre Fernando Suarez y Maximo Gomez, six blocks from town center. Tel. (31) 34-8470 cel 53 13 80 12
|MARIA y PELAYO
Upstairs, three ac br's, ensuites, balcony
Aquiles Espinosa, No. 7 Altos (upstairs), e/ Israel Santos y Agustín Cebereco, steps from Camilo Cienfuegos (Angel Guardia or Frank Pais) straight from center -11 blocks. Tél. (31) 34-4010 cel 53 52 60 25 @
|CABALLO BLANCO + PALADAR V
Whole floor with one ac bedroom, ensuite
Frank Pais 85, à l'étage entre Gonzalo de Quesada y Durañona, reparto Primero. Tel. (31) 34-2586 ou (31) 37-3658
|HOSTAL MELINA V
Two aircon bedrooms with ensuites
Frank Pais 55 Tél. (31) 34-4205 Cell 52 71 30 84 LP18 Web site
|KAREN & ROGER V
Upstairs, three ac br's, ensuites, garden
Lico Cruz # 93, upstairs, e/ Villalon y JG Gomez Tél. (31) 34-3868 @
One aircon bedroom, ensuite, living, balcony
Gonzalo de Quesada # 56, upstairs, e/ Joaquin Aguero y Nicolas Heredia Tél. (31) 34-3162
ESPERANZA FRESCO V
One aircon bedroom, ensuite
Frank Pais (Angel Guardia) #62, e/ Villalon y R. Lopez Tel. (31) 34-5630 @ RG17
LA VILLA - RICHARD CEBALLOS V
Two aircon bedrooms with ensuites, parking
Varona # 266, entre Nicolas Heredia y Lora Tél. (31) 34-2260 or 34-3305
MARIA DE PILAR V
Modern casa, two ac br. , ensuites, parking
Frank Pais (Angel Guardia) # 82, à l'étage, e/ Villalon y JW Gomez Tél. (31) 34-0467 @
|DOÑA NELLY V
Large colonial, one ac bedroom, ensuite
Lico Cruz 188, e/Gonzalo de Quesada y Coronel Fonseca. Tel. (31) 34-2526 @
|BELLA VITA V
Three bedrooms with ensuites
Francisco Varona 324
Removed February 2018 : Villa Rosalba, Ramon y Haydée, Ana Maria y Osmar, Rolando Miguel. Removed April 2011 : Alcira Dominguez, Ruben y Maricel.
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