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Yateras, Cuba

Yateras, Cuba

Boulder-Cuba Sister City Organization

We are proud to be one of the most active of the seven sister city organizations. We're divided into five committees: Arts & Education, Environment & Sustainability, Sports, Music & Dance and Health --our most active committee. With these five branches, we hope to promote a spirit of cooperation, respect and understanding by exchange of culture, and most importantly a helping hand. 

Our projects have ranged from hurricane aid to art exchanges, library renovations to putting on a 7K foot race, and from refurbishing a women's center to donating health supplies. 

Yateras, Guantanamo

Yateras, located in the province of Guanatánamo, the easternmost province of Cuba, is a municipality or township consisting of several small towns and agricultural land. Like Boulder, Yateras is a mountainous region, but unlike Boulder, Yateras’ tropical landscape features swaying palms, citrus trees and coffee plants.

The entire municipality has a population of about 20,000 people, most of whom are engaged in agriculture. The main products are coffee, citrus fruit and bananas. The largest town in Yateras is Palenque, with a population of 5,000. The word “palenque” refers to a settlement created by run-away slaves, and in the slave era there were several of these small settlements in the remote and inaccessible mountains of Yateras. Today the population is a mix of the descendants of the original Taino Indians, African slaves, Spanish settlers, French coffee planters, and immigrants from the neighboring islands of Haiti and Jamaica.

The cultural diversity of the region gave birth to a type of music unique to the area, “changüi”, which features the Spanish-influenced guitar, African marimbula and bongos, and Indian maracas and guayo.

Contact Information

Boulder-Cuba Sister City Organization
c/o Spenser Havlick
665 Emporia Road 
Boulder, CO 80305

[email protected]