|El Mirador de Bacunayagua overlooks Cuba's highest bridge and the Yumuri Valley.|
El Mirador reminds me of the Castle Rock lookout over Lake Huron near St. Ignace, Michigan. I remember riding down Interstate 75 in the back of the family '66 Buick Le Sabre, hoping we'd stop at Castle Rock, or at the nearby "Mystery Spot" where gravity was said to be more suggestion than law (and which I now know is a "tilt-induced visual illusion," another secret spoiled by Wikipedia). But never once do I recall my parents pulling into a tourist trap.
I've turned into El Mirador, more than once. It's cheesy, of course, but that's part of its charm. And its observation platforms are a perfect place to view the circling buitres — for once, you are above them — and the modern tourist buses and smoke-trailing 1950s sedans crossing the bridge that at 103 metres is the highest in Cuba.
And wait, that green 1959 Oldsmobile, approaching on the Via Blanca. Could that be Fidel Castro and Celia Sánchez, coming to inspect the newly built bridge in September 1959?
Perhaps El Mirador de Bacunayagua is Cuba's Mystery Spot.
|Bridge rises 103 metres and connects Mayabeque and Matanzas provinces.|