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Santa Clara

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Revolutionary city and Che Guevara's final resting place

Primarily famous for being the final resting place of Ernesto Che Guevara, Santa Clara is inextricably linked with the Cuban Revolution and is a popular stopping off point for most Cuban tours.

It was in Santa Clara that the last battle of the Cuban Revolution was fought in 1958, led in part by Guevara, and culminating in the derailing of a government troop train. Within hours, General Batista had fled the island for good and a new phase in Cuba’s history had begun. Today, the very same train is preserved in a park setting within the city and serves as both a national monument and museum.

However, Santa Clara’s main draw is undoubtedly Che Guevara’s Mausoleum and Monument which is located just outside the city centre. The Monument was opened in 1988 while the Mausoleum was added in 1997 after his remains were discovered in Bolivia and returned to Cuba.

Modern history aside, Santa Clara actually dates back to 1689 and, although not as overtly attractive as certain other colonial towns in Cuba, still has a pleasant colonial-era main square, impressive civic buildings and a relaxed, non-touristy vibe.

Due to its central location, located on the cross-roads of two important tourist routes, most people simply pass through Santa Clara. However, anyone wanting to get beneath Cuba’s skin will be amply rewarded with a longer stay while the city can also be used as a base from which to explore the nearby colonial towns of Remedios & Caibarien.

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