Cauto River

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Cauto River
Rio Cauto near Guamo Embarcadero
Cauto river Route.png
Country Cuba
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationSierra Maestra
 ⁃ elevation600 m (1,969 ft)
 ⁃ location
Gulf of Guacanayabo (Caribbean Sea)
 ⁃ coordinates
20°32′57″N 77°14′30″W / 20.54917°N 77.24167°W / 20.54917; -77.24167Coordinates: 20°32′57″N 77°14′30″W / 20.54917°N 77.24167°W / 20.54917; -77.24167
 ⁃ elevation
Sea level
Length230 mi (370 km)
Basin size8,928 km2 (3,447 sq mi)

The Cauto River or Río Cauto is the longest river of Cuba. Located in southeast Cuba, it is one of two navigable rivers in Cuba, with the other being the Sagua la Grande River.


It flows on a total length of 370 km (230 mi) from the Sierra Maestra to the west and north-west, and enters the Caribbean Sea north of Manzanillo. However, it provides only 110 km (70 mi) of transport waterway. Its water is not drinkable.[citation needed]

It flows through the provinces of Santiago de Cuba, Holguin, and Granma, and the communities of Palma Soriano, Cauto Cristo and Rio Cauto are located along the river. Rice, sugarcane, tobacco and cattle are raised/ grown along its course.


External links[edit]

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