Hotel La Rusa, Baracoa, Guantanamo, Cuba
Address: Ave Malecon, Baracoa 97330
The Hotel La Rusa, named for a glamorous but mysterious Russian lady - "La Rusa": "the Russian woman", who played host to che Guevara, Fidel Castro and Nicolas Guillen, is one of the distinctive features of the Malecon in Baracoa.
The lady's memory is revered and preserved in this small but cozy and intimate hotel. Nobody tells you her name, she is now and forever La Rusa, just another of the myths that envelop Baracoa, the wonderful city where you can enjoy the pleasant sea breezes and an immense panorama of the blue waters of the sea and the singular topography of the Yunque together with a range of mountains that crowd behind the town.
From the hotel, you can go for a visit to Duaba Farm, where the abundance of fruit trees and plants make up the perfect site to enjoy Cuban food, observe some of the traditions of the countryside, and get to know the magic fruit of cacao. Playa Miel, a beautiful beach of grey sand is very near the hotel.
The La Rusa Hotel is located in the Malecon of Baracoa.
Bar - Restaurant - Air conditioning - Telephone (national & international calls) - TV room/bar (international channels/videos)
Bathroom (ensuite) - Air conditioning - Radio - Telephone - Television
Baracoa Travel GuideFounded in 1512, near Macaguuani-gua River, the Cruz de la Parra or Vine Cross, was the first Spanish settlement in Cuba. Baracoa served as the capital of Cuba from 1518 to 1521, when the administrative functions were moved to Santiago de Cuba. The same year, Pope Leo X issued a decree which turned the local church into a bishopric. When the town grew wealthy, pirates attacked and sacked it, so the authorities ordered forts to be built and set up artillery pieces in its defence. Baracoa, is also named the capital of cocoa, it is guarded by an elevation known as El Yunque, a symbol of the territory, and includes areas that have been recognized as those having the largest diversity of Insular Caribbean and one of Cuba’s best preserved places. Its terrain is predominantly mountainous with the presence of beaches, rivers and alluvial valleys stretching towards the coast.
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