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Cienfuegos

Country
Cuba
State
Cienfuegos
City
Cienfuegos
Type of Location
Multiple
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

Jaime Gonzalez Airport has three flights a week leaving Miami at 8am Mondays and Fridays,returning 10:45am and leaving Miami 5:30pm Wednesdays and returning later in the evening 8pm.A roundtrip ticket is $509.The airline is a charter.

By Train

There are two trains that run from Havana: a very slow daytime train (every second day) that returns the following day and a somewhat faster late-evening train (every second day) that operates via Matanzas and returns overnight.Trains may also leave for Santa Clara (very) early in the morning and return in the evening and leave for Santa Clara and Sancti Spiritus in the afternoon, returning the following morning.Check that the trains are running in advance.

By Bus

The two daily Viazul buses between Havana and Trinidad stop at Cienfuegos as does the daily bus between Varadero,Santa Clara and Trinidad.This last bus arrives from Varadero heading for Trinidad at noon and arrives from Trinidad heading for Varadero at 4:00pm.Travellers heading east and wishing to catch the 8:00am Viazul bus from Trinidad to Santiago de Cuba can sometimes arrange for an early morning minivan through Viazul.

By Car

From Trinidad about an hour, just stay by the coast most of the way. Not all turns are signposted.

Key places to visit
Jagua Fortress, Cienfuegos Province Botanical Garden, Tomas Terry Theatre, Museo Histrorico, Parque Jose Marti, Palacio de Valle, Palmira Yoruba Pantheon, Arco de Triunfo


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Places to Visit

Jagua Fortress

Is a fortress south of Cienfuegos in Cuba. It is located near the entrance to the Bay of Cienfuegos in the port of Jagua.The fortress was erected by Spanish king Philip V. in the 1740s to protect the bay from Caribbean pirates that used to land there before the town of Cienfuegos was settled in 1819.

Cienfuegos Province Botanical Garden

Also known as Jardín Botanico Soledad is located 14 kilometers from the city centre.With 97 hectares it’s the oldest institution of its kind on the island, founded in 1901 by Edwin F. Atkins and his wife.They arrived in Cuba in search of the island's most precious commodity; sugarcane.Atkins built “Soledad” sugar mill and soon after a research center dedicated to investigation and enhancement of sugar cane under the name: "Harvard Botanical Station for Tropical Research and Sugar Cane Investigation".Mr. and Mrs. Atkins were also fond of plant collecting and soon afterwards started a tropical and rare species garden by the backyard of their estate where plants from as far as India and China were grown in Tropical Cuba.Today the garden has a large collection of Tropical exotic plants (2000+ species) clustered in 670 genera and 125 botanical families. Among the most complete collections are orchids (400+), palms (230+), ficuses (65+) and bamboos (29).

Tomas Terry Theatre

Pargue Jose Marti (North of Pargue Jose Marti).Victorian theatre, built in 189.Lots of original features, and very pretty.Also has a nice cafe.

Museo Histrorico

A historical museum,with exhibits ranging from archeology of the original Indians,to the colonial eras.

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