The city originally was constructed with many blind alleys and forked streets so it was difficult to the pirates to invade, and even if they do, it was hard to get out of Camagüey, so locals could fight back easily.
Camagüey is now a UNESCO World Heritage, the city was restored, houses were painted with vivid colors and we can see also the ornate iron window bars very characteristic for being another way to protect from invaders.
In this photo are the statue and the living model reading a newspaper.
Here tourism is very well integrated with the locals, were you can ride in three-wheeled vehicles to take a tour of the city, buy some memories or pose with a big cigar guy.
Photos: Natacha Brigham