An important reserve which is home to species native to eastern Cuba. Situated in the Sierra de la Gran Piedra, it is home to several hundred plant species, including 222 ferns, 352 orchids, eucalyptus, pines, cypress trees and a wide variety of fruit trees, as well as the plant that gives its name to this spot. Climbing its 459 steps, the visitor comes to a natural viewing point, with wonderful views of the unrivalled beauty of the south-east coast.
The third most populated city in Cuba boasts a wealth of history, culture and natural landscapes.
The beautiful natural landscape of the Sierra Maestra. One of the highest points in the Sierra Maestra, renowned for the impressive monolith rising from the summit. The climb to the top rewards you with a wonderful view of the wealth of nature in Cuba's eastern mountain range, with its numerous species of flora and fauna, many native to the region. On a clear day, you can see as far as the coasts of Haiti, as well as stunning views of the Caribbean Sea.
An archaeological landscape declared a World Heritage Site. The archaeological landscapes of the first coffee plantations in the south-east of Cuba were declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2000 as they are unique evidence of a pioneering form of agriculture in difficult terrain.
A symbol of the French-Haitian cultural heritage and Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Tumba Francesa “La Caridad de Oriente”, was declared a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in November 2003. It is a recreational cultural space, with origins dating back to the 19th century. In this form of artistic expression, African slaves blended their rhythms with the French dances of the Caribbean. Tumba Francesa preserves authentic musical instruments, dances, music and songs of ancestors, as well as culinary customs, laws and native spiritual rules. Its drums, crafted by African hands, are over a century old.
As the sun sets over the eastern part of the island, the city of Santiago comes alive with the joy of its people. On every corner you will find people in animated conversation or striking up an improvised melody.
You can also find some amazing nightspots. The popular Casa de la Trova is not to be missed if you want to enjoy traditional Cuban music in true Santiago style. Meanwhile, the Iris Jazz Club has an excellent atmosphere and some great sounds. If dancing is your thing, the Tropicana Santiago Cabaret is highly recommended.
On the Avenida de las Américas, the hotel Meliá Santiago de Cuba awaits those wishing to spend a relaxing evening in the attractive Bello Bar, with its terrace and stunning views of the city. Its “Santiago Café” nightclub is the perfect option for those seeking a few hours of fun and good music.