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Getting Lost in the Labyrinth In Camaguey

Camaguey is a labyrinth where a poor map reader can easily get lost. The narrow streets seem identical and they look like endless mazes that seem to bring you back to where you’ve started. Getting lost in this old colonial city, however, offers a curious visitor some old gems that are new to his senses. If you take time to pause in front of an open door or window, you’ll be greeted by an old man/woman rocking on his/her chair. She’ll be delighted if you respond with a smile, a nod or a simple “Hola!”

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Getting Lost in the Labyrinth In Camaguey Cuba

Getting Lost in the Labyrinth In Camaguey




A short pause or look inside residential houses give foreign visitors a glimpse of the life of Cubans and their family values. You’ll see huge portraits, a religious statue, a laminated diploma and anything that’s considered family treasures are hanging on the wall or plastered in a corner.

Getting Lost in the Labyrinth In Camaguey Cuba

Getting Lost in the Labyrinth In Camaguey

Sometimes, you’ll see an old television set of a bygone era. Remember those TV sets which one has to turn the switch around to change channels and adjust the antennae for a clear reception? It’s still common to see those in Camaguey. The furniture in living rooms are sturdy antiques and varnished.

Getting Lost in the Labyrinth In Camaguey

You think this is a government building? Nope. These are residential houses and some of them are more than a hundred year old!

Some residential houses are supported with Corinthian, Classic or Doric columns — and they are not even owned by well-to-do families. I asked one of these two men in the picture (below) how old his residence was and he said it’s 114 years old! It was bequeathed to his family by his great great grandfather on his paternal side. 

Getting Lost in the Labyrinth In Camaguey

Getting Lost in the Labyrinth In Camaguey

 It’s like every house in Camaguey is a museum in itself.

Getting Lost in the Labyrinth In Camaguey

Getting Lost in the Labyrinth In Camaguey

One-storey houses are connected to each other and they’re as colorful as the ones in Havana, Trinidad and Cienfuegos.

Getting Lost in the Labyrinth In Camaguey

Getting Lost in the Labyrinth In Camaguey

Camagüey has 500 years of history. The streets are a maze of narrowness—and sometimes of solitude.



Getting Lost in the Labyrinth In Camaguey

Getting Lost in the Labyrinth In Camaguey

The center of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage and it’s nothing short of ancientness and history.

Getting Lost in the Labyrinth In Camaguey

Getting Lost in the Labyrinth In Camaguey

The main pulse of the city happens on the center stretch of Independencia, the Main Street, where it’s pedestrian only.

Getting Lost in the Labyrinth In Camaguey

Calle Independencia

Shops, markets, cafe, galleries, church, colonial houses, hotels, ice cream parlors, bars, restaurants—and many more lined the city’s main thoroughfare.

Getting Lost in the Labyrinth In Camaguey

Camaguey is Cuba’s Catholic soul. With 17 churches (dating back to 16th and 17th century) scattered everywhere, devoted patrons wouldn’t mind church hopping on Sundays.

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These are elegant, grandiose churches built for hundred years and have been silent witnesses of the country’s history.

Getting Lost in the Labyrinth In Camaguey

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de La Merced in Camaguey

Cuba’s first saint, San Juan de Rios, was born here in Camaguey, thus, he is revered. I think that also explains why this city is the country’s catholic soul?

Getting Lost in the Labyrinth In Camaguey Cuba

Museum and Church of San Juan de Rios




There are small parks everywhere and they are named after their heroes.

Getting Lost in the Labyrinth In Camaguey Cuba

Colonial houses like these are ubiquitous in the Calle Independencia.

Getting Lost in the Labyrinth In Camaguey Cuba

During lunch time, the city center looks like this. The people? They’re either at home having lunch or taking an afternoon siesta.

Getting Lost in the Labyrinth In Camaguey Cuba

The city is like a city of colours, photogenic bold colours!

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Here’s a view from the second tower above San Juan de Rios Museum.

Getting Lost in the Labyrinth In Camaguey Cuba

And another angle from the top.

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Cafes and souvenir shops are everywhere, too.

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Every corner of the maze in Camaguey is a photo opportunity.

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These teenagers are happy to be photographed.

Things to do in Camaguey

Many of their hotels look like this, colonial buildings that are well-preserved.

Things to do in Camaguey

Streets can be lonely, sometimes.

Things to do in Camaguey Streets

And sometimes, it’s hard to choose which way to go.

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Which road is travelled less?

And the best time to walk around is at noon.

Things to do in Camaguey Streets

Houses can be really interesting at times.

Things to do in Camaguey Streets Houses

They’re never boring. There’s always something to wonder about.

Things to do in Camaguey

And yes, Camaguey is really photogenic. Here’s one more proof. And yes, it’s me. 🙂

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3 Responses to “Getting Lost in the Labyrinth In Camaguey”

  1. Eugene L.
    June 12, 2014 at 2:59 PM #

    These are beautiful photos, Alain!

  2. The Diva
    June 13, 2014 at 9:52 AM #

    The colors are spectacular! Went to Cuba few years ago but never heard of Camaguey. 🙂

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