Santa Clara

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Santa Clara

After Che Guevara liberated this city in 1958, the area continued its revolutionary path, eventually leading to edgy cultural developments.

Tour the city of Santa Clara to see the familiar images of Che, one of the world’s most famous revolutionaries. Alongside these historic monuments are opportunities to explore the more modern features of the city, including restaurants and clubs stretching the traditional bounds of freedom.

The Argentine medical student Che Guevara became an activist and guerrilla warrior in the 1950s and joined the Castro brothers in overthrowing Cuba’s Batista presidency. As you stroll through Santa Clara, look for the monuments memorializing the bitter battle here that ensured a victory for the revolutionaries.

Visit the Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado where Guevara and his band of young fighters successfully overtook an armored train using a bulldozer and homemade explosives. Nearby is a statue of Che holding a small child, showing his gentler side. The Che Guevara Mausoleum holds the remains of the revolutionary and other fighters who died with him in the failed overthrow of the Bolivian government in 1967. Gaze up at the 22-foot-tall (7-meter) statue of the revered local hero and explore all aspects of his harsh and fascinating life in the Che Guevara Museum.

Apart from learning about the battled history of the city, enjoy its cultural activities. Step inside the 1885 Teatro la Caridad to see its stunning ceiling fresco painted by Camilo Salaya. Visit the modernized Club Mejunje to dance, have cocktails on the balcony and read the walls of graffiti. This was originally a meeting point for gays and transsexuals and has become a popular spot for all Santa Clara visitors. For quieter moments attend Mass at Catedral de Las Santas Hermanas Santa Clara Asis.

Santa Clara is in central Cuba, about a 3-hour drive from Havana. Come here to purchase authentic Cuban cigars and learn the truth about the bereted man whose face you’ve seen on T-shirts around the world, Che Guevara.

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Hostal D' Cordero
4 out of 5
61 Leoncio Vidal between Maceo and Union, Santa Clara, Villa Clara
The price is $29 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
Located in the heart of Santa Clara, this hostal is within a 5-minute walk of José Martí Provincial Library of Villa Clara and Vidal Park. La Caridad Theater ...
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Los Caneyes
Los Caneyes
3 out of 5
Ave. Eucaliptos y Circunvalación, Santa Clara, Villa Clara
Situated in Santa Clara, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Museo Memorial al Che, Revolution Square, and Camilo Cienfuegos Garden and Zoo. Santa Clara de Asis ...
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Villa La Granjita
Villa La Granjita
3 out of 5
Carretera Maleza Km. 2 1/2, Santa Clara, Villa Clara
Situated in Santa Clara, this spa hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado and within 6 mi (10 km) of Loma del Capiro and Carmen Church. ...
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"Very nice , and very clean ,service was good as well"

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Hostal Jose Ramon with WiFi included
Hostal Jose Ramon with WiFi included
3 out of 5
Maximo Gomez 208, Berenguer y Yanes, Santa Clara, Villa Clara
The price is $15 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
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Apto privado e independiente con piscina
Apto privado e independiente con piscina
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Martí #102 oeste, e/ Esquerra y Alemán., Santa Clara, Villa Clara
Located in the heart of Santa Clara, this aparthotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Loma del Capiro and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Central de Las Villas University. Monumento ...
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Hostal Buenviaje
Hostal Buenviaje
Buen viaje(R.Pardo) #157 e/ La Cruz y, Rio,Santa Clara,Villa Clara,Cuba, Santa Clara
Situated in Santa Clara, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Carmen Church, Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, and La Caridad Theater. Vidal Park ...
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