Before mention all the attractions in our neighbourhood, travellers should know that our neighbourhood dominates the door to enter to Santiago de Cuba from the Autopista Nacional (National Highway), the Carretera Central and from El Caney, the famous town that was the scene of Las Guásimas Batterfield. It’s also one of the most complete neighbourhoods of the city because the variety of economical, social, cultural, historical and educational places located within it. It is a perfect area to stay for students and professionals who travel to the city for a conference, summer courses, university exchanges, etc. Sueño (Dream) which is the name of our neighbourhood is where the University of Medical Sciences, The Faculty of Physical Culture, the University of Technology and Applied Sciences, the School of Vocational Art, the School of Instructors of Art, the High School Cuqui Bosch, 2 Junior High Schools and 5 Elementary Schools are located.
For travellers looking to know more about our culture and have a great time, our neighbourhood is ideal because it’s one of the scene of the famous Santiago de Cuba Carnivals, Food Fairs, La Fiesta del Fuego, also known as Caribbean Festival, the International Expo Caribe Fair and more. Through its streets parade most Santiago’s Carnival Congas with their colourful costumes and the contagious music from the trumpets and if that is not enough then in the Heredia Theatre and Convention Center with its Niagara Cafe those who loves music, poetry, dance, musical bands, ballet, expos and other activities can have a wonderful time. Not too far from there is the Santiago Tropicana Cabaret with bubble parties, music bands, night shows and fashion parades. And for those who loves art a visit to the Gallery of Universal Art will please them.
I’ve to mention that there are 6 restaurants in the neighbourhood, some cafes, night clubs, the Habano House, a Car Rental Agency, 4 hotels, 1 computer centre, 1 arcade centre, 2 libraries, 4 hospitals, 1 international bank, 2 gas stations, the municipal bus terminal, 2 supermarkets and 1 essentials store.
Cuban history is also present in our neighbourhood: The historical attack of July 26 of 1953 to the Moncada Barracks by Fidel Castro and a group of revolutionaries. Today the Barracks is the biggest Elementary School of the city. Visitors can learn about the attack and its importance for Cuba people at the 26 of July Museum located at the famous entrance Post 3 where you can still see the bullets impacts on the walls.
Another most see place is the Revolution Square with an eye-catching statue of 16 metres high of one of our city heroes (and native son), the general Antonio Maceo, atop his horse and surrounded by 23 raised machetes. Antonio was called the “Titan of Bronze” by his troops because his bravery and Spaniards referred to him as the “Greater Lion”. He recovered from more than 25 war injuries over the course of some 500 military battles. For those who want to know more about his life a visit to the square and the exposition there with Antonio’s pictures, documents, objects and more is a most.
There is another interesting place to visit in our neighbourhood. The monument named The Forest of Heroes located on small elevation to honor Che and his guerrilla men that fell in Bolivia. There are seventy-three pieces of white marble of different dimensions placed on a stepped granite platform. In fifteen of the upper panels are recorded the images, guerrilla pseudonyms, date and place where they fell fighting; in four others, texts appear that reveal the human qualities inherent to them. Between these pieces of marble there are two cypress trees that symbolize immortality, in addition the presence of bamboos suggests the Bolivian jungle; from the bottom of the monument emerges a carpet of boulders (chinas pelonas) that symbolize the basins of the Grande, Ñacahuasú and other rivers that were crossed by the guerrillas in their constant pilgrimage. The royal palm signifies the nobility of these men’s ideas, and the carob tree the historical continuity of the epic.
Travellers who love sports will be more that pleased if they stay in our rental casas. Our neighbourhood is the main center of most sports events and activities of the city. The baseball Stadium, a multi-use stadium and the second most important baseball stadium in Cuba that comfortably seats 25,000 spectators is within the neighbourhood. The stadium is named after the patriot Guillermón Moncada, the “Ebony Giant”, who born in our city and was one of the 29 Generals of the Wars of Independence. In the stadium there is also a softball stadium, an athletics tracks, a soccer field and a gym for weights and judo.
The Antonio Maceo Sports Complex, a stadium with a capacity for more than 3,000 spectators and where 14 sports are practiced at its facilities: football, volleyball, baseball, basketball, gymnastics, boxing, Tai-Chi and more. And the Accommodation Village for Athletes, the Sports Medicine Center, the Clipping Track and other facilities are also located within our neighbourhood.