Santiago de Cuba is the capital of the province of the same name and has more than 500,000 inhabitants of Spanish, African, Haitian, Jamaican, French and Chinese heritage. It is the second largest city in Cuba and the legendary home of rum as well as the birthplace of the Revolution.
This morning outside our hotel is a line of gleaming 50s cars — mostly taxis ready to whisk tourists around town. We, however, board our bus to begin our day's adventure. Today's itinerary has us visit a local public hospital. Our drive takes us past the Plaza de la Revolución.
Considered the most complete and best-preserved example of Spanish-American military architecture, it was build on the rocky promontory (El Morro) in south-east end of the island of Cuba, in the 17th century, to protect the port of Santiago, which was of great importance because of its geographical situation, its favorable currents and its protected anchorages. This multi-level stone fortress is an intricate complex of forts, magazines, bastions and batteries (La Estrella, Santa Catalina and Aguadores).