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Introducing Las Tunas

If it was down to sights and historical attractions alone, it's doubtful many people would bother with La Victória de Las Tunas (as it's officially known). It's a sleepy agricultural town that seems like it hasn't woken up to the fact it's been a provincial capital almost 40 years, and a sleazy reputation for being the Oriente's capital of sex tourism hardly helps. But, thanks to its handy location on Cuba's arterial Carretera Central, handfuls of road-weary travelers drop by.

Referred to as the 'city of sculptures,' Las Tunas is certainly no Florence. But what it lacks in grandiosity it makes up for in small-town quirks. You can see a thigh-slapping rodeo here, admire a statue of a two-headed Taíno chief, go wild at one of the city's riotous Saturday-night shindigs or wax lyrical at the weird and witty Jornada Cucalambeana, Cuba's leading country-music festival. Go on, give it a whirl!