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We did this tour on Wednesday January 23, 2002.
This trip troughout the Cuban province of Villa Clara allowed us to see the "real" Cuba, thas is, the countryside, charming villages and cities where the Cuban live; their culture, their history, etc. It's at Santa Clara in 1959 where Ernesto Che Guevara and his men led the most decisive battle of the Cuban Revolution. The story & life of this famous national hero is omnipresent troughout the visit of Santa Clara (La ciudad del Che!).
Cost: $ 39 US (December 2002)
Our guide was Josef
Program of the day :
- We left the hotel at 09h00
- First stop at the charming town of Remedios (founded in the XVI-th century). We walked in the Center of town and visited the Iglesia Parroquial Mayor (the second oldest church in Cuba).
- Next stop, Camajuani, where we visited a big cigar factory. We saw all the process, from the hand-made manufacture to the final quality control stages.
- Arrival in SANTA CLARA. We first stopped at a cigars & rum store for a little shopping (prices lower than the hotel).
- Lunch (included) in a restaurant of Santa Clara.
- Visit of the Plaza Ernesto Che Guevara: huge monument, mausoleum and museum of this national hero. Photos are not allowed inside the mausoleum and museum.
- Visit of downtown Santa Clara: Central Park, monuments, beautiful buildings (colonial style). Free time to walk around.
- Photo-Stop at the location of the last and most important battle of the Cuban Revolution. This is where Che Guevarra with only a few men derailed a train filled with the soldiers of Batista who quickly surrendered.
- On the way back, we stopped at an old sugar mill (now disused) in Caibarien.
- Back to the hotel around 18h00