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Guanahacabibes, where the treasure of Mérida is hidden

Published: 2017.06.28 - 11:33:54   /  /  Laura Barrera Jerez  /  translated by  Luis E. Amador Dominguez  /

 Guanahacabibes, where the treasure of Mérida is hiddenThe life-size gold crucifix, five barrels of jewels, and jars full of coins must be hidden somewhere... Maybe in a cave or more to the west ... Maybe you have to walk south of the peninsula or go north, by the Cajon cove. People look for the treasure on the mainland and others say that riches were shipwrecked in the very ships that moved them, centuries ago.

They say that in 1642, before the imminence of attacks of corsairs and pirates, several ships with part of the heritage of the cathedral of the Mexican city of Mérida sailed to Havana. On the high seas conflicts began and the crew decided to head toward Guanahacabibes, a place closer and perhaps less convulsive. According to the most widespread version of the story, only one of those men managed to get to the church of Guane, he left some documents with the coordinates of the place where the treasure had been buried and recounted the setbacks of the trip. Shortly afterwards he died of such fatigue.

Since then centuries have passed and nobody knows where the supposed papers are, or where the burial took place. Even so, the adventurers follow the tracks because, after all, Guanahacabibes is a splendid place for that: to get lost in the mountains and spend weeks and weeks contemplating the virgin nature.

Andrés is a humble man who learned of the legend and decided to find the fortune. He goes with a metal detector and every now and then he dives into those places. The same happens with Tulupío, a Camagüeyan whose real name is Andrés Díaz and who never returned to his homeland because the stories of Guanahacabibes caught him forever and every so often he goes in with his jolongo and his 57 years. Much has been written in the newspapers about them because they walk with the certainty that someday they will decipher the mystery.

Historian Pedro Manuel De Celis has also participated in several expeditions, four, to be exact. They have always searched between the area of Cabo Corrientes and María la Gorda, and as he told the press: "We have been here for more than a week, with all kinds of equipment: equipment to detect metals, GPS and the treasure has not appeared ..." But no one can say conclusively that the treasure does not exist. First we would have to ask ourselves if we have been looking for it in the right place."

According to interviews with Commander of the Rebel Army, Julio Camacho Aguilera, "it is in the sea, in the more than 200 sunken galleons on the coasts of Guanahacabibes, where the enormous riches are as a result of piracy in this remote part on the western part of Cuba. As far as I know, nothing has ever been found on land."

Some time ago, Cuban and Canadian specialists embarked on this path and maritime explorations confirmed that there are more than 200 sunken ships. The shallower ship is submerged to 600 meters.

However, despite the irrefutable data and thousands of expeditions, people are still behind the treasure of the Cathedral of Mérida. Perhaps for the irresistible charm of those beaches and the pure air of vegetation.

More than three centuries later, we still do not know if this expedition from Mexico to the peninsula really happened, but it is better to seek clues. Who knows? After all, Guanahacabibes is a perfect place to hide treasures and a magical space to search for it.

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