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El Cobre, Cuba

Visit the town of El Cobre, Santiago de Cuba, and be witness of the blend between the religious culture and old Cuban slaves.

El Cobre, Cuba
El Cobre
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El Cobre is a town created from the copper mine providing its name, which was exploited in Pe-Columbian times.

Located 20 Km to the northeast of Santiago de Cuba, the mining village is crossed by the Cobre  River, being destination of numerous pilgrimages because it houses, on its sanctuary, the Virgen de la Caridad, known as Cachita.

After the closure of the mine in 2000, the main economic activities of the town are agriculture and services.

You’ll have the chance to visit the virgin in the Nuestra Señora del Cobre Basilica, on top of a hill in the north of the village. So close to it you’ll find the Monument to Cimarrón, a mix of Christian religiousness and Paganism.

Visit the church and contemplate the small statue of the virgin. After this, observe the traditional dances and rituals taking place during the celebrations of Caribbean culture, that will remind you to the time when slaves decided to revolt.

Later, towards the west, in the same road to Santiago de Cuba, you will arrive to the hotel El Saltón, in the municipality of  Tercer Frente.

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20 Km al noroeste de Santiago de Cuba

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