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Sancti Spíritus
This province has two of the first Villages founded by the Spanish conquerors in 1514: Sancti Spiritus and Trinidad, and it also have the biggest artificial lake of the country; the Zaza Dam, where trout fishing is practiced.

Sancti Spiritus, capital of the Province, was founded in 1514 almost in the middle of the Island. This city counts on a historical center with buildings from the XVII and XIX Centuries. Trinidad, known as the Museum City of Cuba, was founded also in 1514 with the name of Santisima Trinidad Village, and it was declared Mankind Patrimony by UNESCO for being one of the most complete architectonic wholes of the American Continent.

Trinidad combines characteristics of the XVIII and XIX Centuries with the first years of the XX Century, that’s why its stoned streets lead the visitors to its artistic balconies and multi colour facades in the buildings, each of them a museum itself.

You can find great architectural monuments like the Mayor Square or the Santisima Trinidad Church or the Santisima Trinidad Church, one of the biggest of Cuba. It treasures valuable artistic religious works of the Island, among them the famous Vera Cruz Christ, as well as a marble altar aimed to Mercy Virgin, unique in Cuba, and other religious images of great value. There are cultural options such us the Romantic and the Archaeology Museums.

The San Luis Valley or Valley of the Sugar Cane Refineries, Cuban Sugar Cane Industry Museum, shows 75 ruins of sugar cane refineries, summer houses, barracks and other facilities related to sugar production. In that place we can find the famous tower of Manaca-Iznaga, built in 1816 with 45 metres tall, ended in a big bell that merked the beginning and end of the sugar cane plantation works. This zone treasures the protected natural landscape “Topes de Collantes” in the mountain group “Escambray” with almost 12 500 hectares long and exuberant vegetation, numerous animal species and rainy climate that favours life of orchids, moss, lichen, alborescent ferns, pines and eucalyptus.
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