Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Cuba - Sierra del Rosario (Sierra del Rosario mountain range)

Because of its hilly terrain and geographical location near the western plains, the site preserves testimonials of the coffee-growing development during the first half of the 19th century with slave labour and it was also a refuge of slaves who ran away from the surrounding sugar mills.

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The proposal to declare Las Terrazas community (core of the site) as a National Monument was approved by the National Monument Commission and is being analyzed by the Council of Ministers.

The mountain range is accessible, the agricultural and industrial complexes and runaway slave refuges are not readily accessible.
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Other data of interest


Historical name

Sierra del Rosario


Sierra del Rosario, Municipio Candelaria (Municipality of Candelaria), Artemisa , PC: 22700 .

Responsible entity

Several: Municipal Government of Candelaria, Ministry of the Armed Forces and Las Terrazas community

Management plan


Cultural landscape


National monument Biosphere reserve



Access level


Current Use

Protected natural area, forestry, tourism and resident farming community

Original use

Coffee-growing and forest farming

Property kind


Expressions of intangible heritage associated

There are deep-rooted intangible heritage expressions in the community, such as countryside music and oral traditions. The population of African descent upholds traditional music-dancing expressions and beliefs.