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One of the first seven villages founded by the Spaniards in Cuba, Camagüey played a prominent role as the urban centre of an inland territory dedicated to cattle breeding and the sugar industry. Settled in its current location in 1528, the town developed on the basis of an irregular urban pattern that contains a system of large and minor squares, serpentine streets, alleys and irregular urban blocks, to confuse pirates and it is called The Maze. The Historic Centre of Camagüey constitutes an exceptional example of a traditional urban settlement relatively isolated from main trade routes.

Adventures of crazy traveller, continuation
Camaguey is less visited than the other UNESCO sites in Cuba. Also on TE there are rather few pictures. For the first two weeks I made all my booking in Warsaw, also in Camaguey. In Trinidad, a traveller gave me the copy of the map and I realized that the bus station was 3 km out of the center and my hotel was 3,5 km out of the center but in different direction. How stupid. I was rather nervous and it was obvious I had to take a taxi. Not afun to go by car, I took bici-taxi. The guy complained that it was far, "What will you do so far from the centre? How will go alone by night?". But I made reservation and when I didn't show they could take the money from my card, I had to go there. So we came to the hotel and the guy said - "I will wait here for you, if you can cancel and you do not like it, I know the casa in the very center". And so I did, I told in the hotel that it was much too far for me and they agreed to cancel the reservation. And indeed, the guy took me to the hostel 100 m from this square in the center.
In Cuba, to rent a room for tourist is a great business - for one night they have (as I have read) the month salary. So everywhere there are a lot of rooms for rent, no need to book in advance, much better is to see when you come and negotiate and take the best one.
So as in other cases, all ended up well. And usually when I took the taxi, the same one came in the morning to take me to the bus.

I took the wrong picture, but it is too late. I know about the tree on the right side :(.
Hasta la victoria, siempre! - Towards the victory, always - you can see everywhere.

Trinidad-Camaguey 5 hours, 15 CUC.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12752 W: 133 N: 32971] (151161)
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