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Not to be confused with Mayari or Mayarí Arriba.
San Gregorio Nacianceno church
San Gregorio Nacianceno church
Coat of arms of Mayarí
Coat of arms
Mayarí municipality (red) within  Holguín Province (yellow) and Cuba
Mayarí municipality (red) within
Holguín Province (yellow) and Cuba
Mayarí is located in Cuba
Location of Mayarí in Cuba
Coordinates: 20°39′33″N 75°40′41″W / 20.65917°N 75.67806°W / 20.65917; -75.67806Coordinates: 20°39′33″N 75°40′41″W / 20.65917°N 75.67806°W / 20.65917; -75.67806
Country  Cuba
Province Holguín
Founded 1757[1]
Established January 19, 1879 (Municipality)
 • Total 1,307 km2 (505 sq mi)
Elevation 15 m (49 ft)
Population (2004)[3]
 • Total 105,505
 • Density 80.7/km2 (209/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
Area code(s) +53-24
The blog Mayari Libre represents the city on the internet.

Mayarí is a municipality and town in the Holguín Province of Cuba.


The origins of the city date back to 1757,[1] when the first farms were established on the actual location. On January 19, 1879 the city became the seat of the municipality.

The Sierra Cristal National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Sierra Cristal) is partly located in the Mayarí municipality and partly in neighboring Sagua de Tánamo.[4] Other attractions include Cayo Saetía, a cay located north of Mayarí and the Bay of Nipe.

The name of the town figures in the song of the 1940s, "Voy para Mayarí" ("I'm going to Mayarí") by Compay Segundo, and in his song from the Buena Vista Social Club, "Chan Chan".


The municipality is divided into the barrios and hamlets of Barajagua, Birán (the birthplace of Fidel and Raúl Castro), Cabonico, Cajimaya, Chavaleta Norte, Chavaleta Sur, Guayabo, Juan Vicente, Mateo Sánchez, Punta de Tabaco, Río Frío, Sae-Tía, San Gregario Norte, San Gregorio Sur and Santa Isabel.[1]

Among other barrios or neighborhoods in this municipality are: Felton (on Cajimaya Bay, once the seaport for the Bethlehem Cuba Iron Mines Company -Bethlehem Steel-), Guatemala (on Nipe Bay, previously named Preston and a central sugar mill operated by the United Fruit Company), Nicaro-Levisa (on Levisa Bay, originally named Lengua de Pajaro which translated into English means bird's tongue -as viewed from an air ride-), El Purio, Santa Rita, La Italiana, Mandinga. The last two being on the road to the open mines named Mina Martí where nickel and cobalt exploitation started in the beginnings of the twentieth century by Bethlehem Cuba Iron Mines Company (Bethlehem Steel) and Nicaro Nickel Company.[5]


In 2004, the municipality of Mayarí had a population of 105,505.[3] With a total area of 1,307 km2 (505 sq mi),[2] it has a population density of 80.7/km2 (209/sq mi).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Mayarí" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2007-10-09. 
  2. ^ a b Statoids (July 2003). "Municipios of Cuba". Retrieved 2007-10-09. 
  3. ^ a b (2004). "2004 Population trends, by Province and Municipality" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-10-09. 
  4. ^ Radio Habana. "Parque Nacional Sierra Cristal" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2007-10-04. Retrieved 2007-10-09. 
  5. ^ Infos on

External links[edit]

Media related to Mayarí at Wikimedia Commons