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River Cauto, the longest river of Cuba

Cauto RiverRio Cauto

The Cauto River is the longest river in Cuba, it flows for 230 mi (370 km) from its source in the Sierra Maestra westward through alluvial swamps into the Golfo (gulf ) de Guacanayabo. Its tributaries include the Salado, Bayamo, and Contramaestre rivers. It is navigable for about 70 mi. Rice, sugarcane, tobacco, and cattle are raised along its course.

The Cauto River is the most extensive in Cuba has their birth in the town of Palma Soriano, their fine waters are born from the well-known place as La Estrella (The Star), located in Las Coloradas Popular Council, specifically in the property La Fortuna (The Fortune) in the Sierra Maestra to an altitude of 600 meters on the level of the sea.

This natural entity runs in address south-north and it ends in the Gulf of Guacanayabo. Their overall length is of 343 kilometers, of them 100 km is navigable. It is the most remarkable geographical accident in this whole plain, being the most extensive Cuban river, with an enormous system of 32 tributaries, the Ríos Caney, Mefán, Cañas, Yarayabo and several streams like The Guaos and The Tusas are their tributaries.

The watershed of the Cauto River has a territory of 9 a thousand five hundred forty square kilometers and a superior population harbors to the million a hundred thousand people of the oriental area that includes to the counties of Santiago from Cuba, The Tunas, Holguín and Granma.

When ending in the Gulf of Guacanayabo, it originates extensive swamps and a delta by way of Peak that advances slowly toward the west, it is the Marsh of Birama, the second bigger wetland of Cuba and of the Caribbean, with an area of 57 048 there is, the biggest watershed of Cuba.

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