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People know the beautiful Matanzas Province from the beautiful Matanzas City, which is called by many people the Athens of Cuba. Matanzas is the metropolis of Matanzas Province, one of the 13 provinces in this Caribbean country.

Some tourists know it because of the beautiful long stretched white sand of Varadero resort and the stunning beach at the top, near the capital of the province.

The beautiful Province of Matanzas is the second industrial province after Havana or as called in history san Cristobal de la Habana Province.

The province has petroleum treasury; with refineries, high citrus and other fruit production, great sugar mills, making the economical infrastructure of the province, which lies in varied vegetation zones and beautiful green landscapes and highlands covered by citrus, palm and fir trees.

It is because the sugar industry, Cuba was among the first countries not only in the Caribbean, but also in the world to construct long network of railways early in the 19th century.

The infrastructures laid to facilitate the rapid growth of the sugar industry that started to bloom in the year 1837 and continued blooming after the revolution in 1958. Find more information about the Cuban sugar industry and the Cuban revolution at the useful resource section of the page.

The way crossing to the naturally beautiful Matanzas Province goes through the beautiful constructed (mirador del) Puente Bacunayagua, one of the wonderful bridges in Cuba. This beautiful bridge stands up 112 metres high and runs into 314 metres across the beautiful limestone heights.

Financed by the former USSR, the construction of Mirador del Puente de Bacunayagua took 4-5 years from 1956-1960. The bridge crosses a very beautiful lush area in the beautiful Valle de Yumuri the second valley after Valle de Vinales.

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Palm Trees at Yumuri Valley at Sunset...
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The tourists stop for snacks and refreshment amidst the way to the beautiful Matanzas Province. Yumuri River feeds the lands of the beautiful picturesque valley of Yumuri, which is rich by sugarcanes.

Video Clip from the Beautiful Puente de Bacunayagua, Matanzas Province, Cuba, Caribbean!



In addition, many tourists' attractions in the beautiful Matanzas Province such as Varadero and the historic cities of Cardenas and Matanzas make it a targeted province for travellers from the other parts of the world.

The beaches of Bahia de Cochinos, or as called called the Bay of Pigs and the protected UNECO environmental reserve of Zapata Peninsula at the south of the province, all of that gives it strong provincial aspects and presence in Cuba.

It is because of this lush and swamp landscapes that Cuba is the Caribbean's largest, most diverse tropical island and archipelago, taking a privilege over other countries in the area.

The Nature Swamp Reserve of Zapata and Las Salinas Wildlife Sanctuary, as part of it makes the large naturally protected are of over 6,000 square kilometres, not only in Cuba, but also in the Caribbean region.
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Laguna Del Tesoro (Treasure Lagoon), Zapata Peninsula, Matanzas, Cuba, West Indies, Central America
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The National Park of Zapata or as called Parque Nacional Cienaga de Zapata is the biosphere reserve of this area with its huge stretch of lush landscape.

The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in 1971 described this area as rich preserved wetland in the Antilles and calling for more actions to keep it, as designated "the wetland of international importance".
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Laguna Del Tesoro (Treasure Lagoon), Zapata Peninsula, Matanzas, Cuba, West Indies, Central America
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This intergovernmental treaty is signed in Ramsar in Mazandaran province in Iran, which is a town known as Sakhtsar historically and lies on the coast of the Caspian Sea. Read more about those nature reserves in the useful resources section below.

Those natural reserves in the beautiful Matanzas Province are home to more than 175 endemic species of fauna, including the world's smallest bird, the bee hummingbird; Zapata Wren, Zapata Rail, Zapata Sparrow, minute frogs and boas; magnificent painted land snails and rare butterflies and orchids.
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Young Crocodiles in Crocodile Breeding Centre, Treasure Lagoon, Matanzas, Cuba
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In addition, there are numerous group of flora in the beautiful Matanzas Province including over 900 autochthonous plant species, 31 species of reptiles and over 1000 species of invertebrates.

Nearby, at the southeast of the beautiful Matanzas City is San Miguel de los Banos with its Romanesque baths that have electric designs styled in bougainvillea.

The beautiful Matanzas Province covers 11,803 square kilometres at the east of Havana Province bordered by Villa Clara Province and Cienfuegos Province at the east of it.

There are more than 675,980 inhabitants in the entire province. Out of those inhabitants, more than 126,220 live in the capital city of Matanzas. The other major beautiful cities in Matanzas are Cardenas, Colon, Jovellanos, Varadero and Jaguey Grande.

The province includes the 14 municipalities of Calimete, Cardenas, Cienaga de Zapata, Colon, Jaguey Grande, Jovellanos, Limonar, Los Arabos, Marti, Matanzas, Pedro Betancourt, Perico, Union de Reyes and Varadero.

The biggest municipalities in land's areas amongst those 14 municipalities in the beautiful Matanzas Province are Cienaga de Zapata, as it reaches 4,320 square kilometres, followed by Marti about 1,070 square kilometres, Calimete about 958 square kilometres, Jaguey Grande about 882 square kilometres, Union de Reyes about 856 square kilometres and Los Arabos about 762 square kilometres.

The largest populated municipalities in the beautiful Matanzas Province are Matanzas with 143,706 inhabitants, Cardenas with 103,087 inhabitants, Colon with 71,579 inhabitants, Jovellanos with 58,685 inhabitants, Jaguey Grande with 57,771 inhabitants and Union de Reyes with 40,022 inhabitants. See Matanzas beautiful cities.

Low heights slipping towards the Bay of the beautiful Matanzas Province appear at the northern part on the lush valley and the greenery stretches until the beautiful resort of Varadero, the biggest port of the bay and the coast area, which is the most populated area in the beautiful Matanzas Province.

In addition to the beautiful Matanzas Province, you maybe interested in the Venezuelan Caracas, the Caribbean Sea Turtles, the Bolivian once existed, Chacaltaya, the Costa Rican Monteverde Cloud Forest, the Panama Canal, the Peruvian Quelccaya Ice Cap, Brazilian Recife, the Uruguayan Rio de la Plata, the Cuban Trinidad and the Argentinean Valdes Peninsula.
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Placid Dawn over Matanzas Bay


Useful Resources:

Matanzas: The Cuba Nobody Knows

Miguel Bretos's fascinating history of his hometown remedies this oversight. He came to the United States as a Pedro Pan child. He has lived all over the world. His family finds it closely tied to the city where they lived for generations.

After forty years, he returned to his homeland "with the longing of an exile, the anticipation of a child, the curiosity of a visitor, the resentment of a victim, and hopefully the objectivity of a scholar."

Bretos unfolds the Matanzas story from the aboriginal Tainos to the coming of revolution with solid research, wit, clarity, and the kind of vivid detail that can come only from an insider. But he also deftly inserts Matanzas into a larger picture. More than local history, this original work is Cuban history from a local perspective.

Mi Labor: Apuntes Para La Historia De La Isla De Cuba Y Con Particularidad Para La De La Ciudad De Matanzas (Spanish Edition)

Sugar and Railroads: A Cuban History, 1837-1959

Though Cuba was among the first countries in the world to utilize rail transport, the history of its railroads has been little studied. This English translation of the prize-winning (Caminos para el azúcar) traces the story of railroads in Cuba from their introduction in the nineteenth century through the 1959 Revolution.

The Bay of Pigs (Pivotal Moments in American History)

In The Bay of Pigs, Howard Jones provides a concise, incisive, and dramatic account of the disastrous attempt to overthrow Castro in April 1961. Drawing on recently declassified CIA documents, Jones deftly examines the train of missteps and self-deceptions that led to the invasion of U.S. trained exiles at the Bay of Pigs.

Museums in Cuba: Che Guevara Mausoleum, Finca Vigía, Presidio Modelo, Depósito Del Automóvil, Museo Historico Provincial de Matanzas

The Che Guevara Mausoleum (Mausoleo Che Guevara) is a memorial in Santa Clara, Cuba. It houses the remains of the executed Marxist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara and sixteen of his fellow combatants killed in 1967 during Guevara's attempt to spur an armed uprising in Bolivia.

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