Yordi Goes Farm To Market in San Luis
Yordi recently returned from visiting her family in Santiago de Cuba. After spending time at Parque Cespedes, she visited her favorite church, gave thanks for her many blessings and talked with old friends.
Meanwhile, Yordi had time to try something new. She chose to visit the rural community of San Luis, 19 kilometers north of Santiago de Cuba but still in the Santiago de Cuba province.
San Luis is an agricultural municipality comprised of the barrios of Dos Camino, La Luz, Majaguabo, Norte and Sur. In the 2004 census, there were about 88,500 residents in the municipality. San Luis is another of those areas where the people are friendly, work exceptionally hard and do not see a lot of tourists.
The main crops are sugarcane, coffee, delicious fresh fruit and coffee roasting. The Rafael Reyes (NNE) and Pasquito Rosales (NE) are situated in the municipality. In addition to the agriculture, San Luis is a mining center for manganese deposits.
The city of San Luis was founded in 1827 on the grounds of the largest farm in the region. The town noticed a sharp increase in population and trade when the railroad was extended to the town. By August 19, 1898, San Luis had gained municipality status.
Yordi enjoyed talking about farming with the locals and being shown the abundant product offered at market. She is not an accomplished rider but she was taken under the wing of one of the owners of livestock who was anxious that Yordi ride one off his horses.
Life in San Luis is not complicated. Residents rise every day with a plan that usually includes something to do with growing crops and getting them to market. Despite the difficult conditions where manual labor is the force that makes things happen, there is an amazing sense of pride and community spirit in San Luis.
San Luis is not the type place most People-to-People Cuba travelers see on their first or second trip unless they are concentrating on the southern tier around Santiago de Cuba. The more familiar travelers become with the customs and people of Cuba, the more likely they are to want to explore these isolated, totally unspoiled areas where outsiders are always welcome.
Yordi was again reminded that the most important ingredient in a magical Cuba experience is the amazing and friendly people. And, the people of San Luis make every effort to make sure their guests are comfortable and enjoy the land, just as they did for Yordi.
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