Pasacaballo Hotel reopens for tourism
The emblematic Pasacaballo Hotel, located in the south central Cuban province of Cienfuegos, has just reopened its doors to national and international tourism after providing lodging and services to patients of the Operation Miracle program.
The Operation Miracle program is a joint initiative between Cuba and Venezuela that provides free corrective eye surgeries to low income patients from Latin America and the Caribbean.
In less than a month, workers from several of the different institutions in Cienfuegos refurbished the facility located at the entrance of Jagua Bay (also known as Cienfuegos Bay) that was inaugurated by Cuban leader Fidel Castro on July 18, 1976. Renovations were carried out on the hotels salt water pool and adjoining food services, 190 rooms, restaurant, and lobby.
Cienfuegos was founded by French settlers in 1829. It is known as the Pearl of the South for its architecture and has been declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
As part of the Operation Miracle, the Pasacaballo Hotel took in some 9,000 patients from 12 countries. Operation Miracle falls under the ALBA (Bolivian Alternative for the Americas) framework, an alternative to the FTAA.