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Matanzas Bacunayagua Bridge Matanzas is the  second largest province in Cuba, located between Havana , Cienfuegos and Clara provinces. Matanzas territory is largely flat, with its highest point (Pan de Matanzas) at only 380m above sea level. The north-western coast is largely rocky, with a few beaches, while the north-eastern coast has numerous small cays of its coast (part of Sabana-Camaguey Archipelago), and scrubland and mangroves near the shoreline. Cuba’s northern most point is located in on Hicacos Peninsula. The southern coast has one of Cuba’s most distinctive features: an enormous marsh, Ciénaga de Zapata that covers both the southern part of the province and the Zapata Peninsula. East of the peninsula lies the Bay of Pigs, the site of the failed US backed invasion.

Matanzas province a special destination for international tourism. Matanzas City has been distinctly called the Athens of Cuba and the Cuban Venice, due to its numerous bridges the Yumurí and San Juan rivers that allow for the circulation of pedestrians and vehicles. The quiet city that stretches along  the edge of a huge bay invites visitors to come and see its rich cultural wealth.

On the long and narrow Hicacos peninsula, east of the city, is Varadero, the most famous Cuban beach resort .To the south the Zapata Peninsula is a true paradise for those who love nature tourism, wich can also be practiced at other Matanzas regions like Yumurí Valley and the Canímar riverbank.

Of Cuba’s provinces, Matanzas is one of the most industrialized, with petroleum wells, refineries, supertanker facilities, and 21 sugar mills to process the harvests of the fields of sugarcane in the province.

Places to go:

  • THE BACUNAYAGUA BRIDGE: The highest bridge in Cuba (one hundred and twenty meters high), Bacunayagua is considered a true jewel of local engineering. From the bridge, one can enjoy the most wonderful view of the Yumurí Valley.
  • PLAZA DE LA LIBERTAD: The city’s second colonial arms square, Pharmaceutical Museum.
  • PLAZA DE LA VIGIA.Teatro Sauto, the Palacio de Junco Museum.
  • BELLAMAR CAVES: On the outskirts of Matanzas City, its more than 28 explored galleries treasure giant mural paintings, fossil remains, and evidences of the communities that inhabited the place about 1600 years ago.
  • ZAPATA PENINSULA: The largest and most well preserved marsh in the Caribbean. Seventy percent of the total area has been classified as a National Park and a biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO. Guama Taino Village,Treasure Lake , the Santo Tomas y La Salina fauna reserve, and the history Museum at Playa Girón.

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