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Tourism and Nature in Matanzas

Gloria Machado León 21 octubre, 2013

Matanzas province enhances the sun and beach product with different activities which offer tourists not only the chance to enjoy the sea but also the nature along with its diversity and the richness of its flora and fauna.

Just right there in Varadero, the Ecological Reserve Punta Hicacos invites tourists to visit the Ambrosio Caves and the Musulmanes Caves of significant interest because of the scores of aboriginal pictographs. On that very scenery we find as well the Laguna Mangon, where 662 species of birds together with 24 reptiles and El Patriarca Hotel where cactus of more than 600 years old can be noticed.

If guests decided to go out of the peninsula, they can find the Rio Canimar Park just a few kilometers away, on the way to Matanzas city. A place where those who love nature can take pleasure in hiking, riding and going for a fascinating sail by the quiet and navigable Canimar river.

Once in Matanzas, the Yumury Valley offers a peerless landscape rounded with its typical royal palms and plentiful trees ad bushes that go all over the different shades of green. A spot that makes you think about the magnificent creation.

The Bellamar Caves, of roughly two kilometers long, exhibits formations which have been called traditionally or by the legend as: the Columbus’s Gown, the American Woman Bath and the Endless Youth Fountain, among others.

To the south of the province lies the Zapata Peninsula, the largest and the best preserved swamp from Cuba and the West Indies, declared Reserve of the Biosphere due to the fact the Latin America largest crocodile’s farm is located there. Moreover, it provides shelter to diverse species of the Cuban fauna.

The Caribbean nature is a gift we all Cubans enjoy everyday along with its excellent weather, wonderful plants and flowers that beautify every nook and the so peculiar and picturesque as harmless fauna. All this contributes to the sustainable development of Ecological Tourism.

 Original text by Marta Martínez Álvarez on October 21, 2013

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