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Península de Zapata

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Forming the whole of the southern section of Matanzas province is the Península de Zapata, also known as Ciénaga de Zapata, a large flat National Park covered by vast tracks of open swampland and contrastingly dense forests. The largest but the least populated of all Cuba´s municipalities, the Península is predominantly wild and unspoilt and therefore and ideal location for getting first-had experience of Cuba animal life.

National Park  Ciénaga de Zapata covers 628,171 hectares. It is the main wetland in Cuba, as well as the largest (and well-preserved) of the Caribbean Islands. Sixteen species of reptiles, like Cuban crocodile (Cocodrilus rhombifer) and American crocodile (C. acutus). Mammals are also represented in park: several jutias (tree rat) species, wild boars and deers. Ponds and lagoons are home to two aquatic vertebrates now in extinction, the manatee and the Cuban alligator gar and ancient fish that can only be found in thisregion (Manjuarí). The park main attraction is system of caves, that extends along the coast about 70 km is also an excellent place for hiking, horseback riding, diving & boating . Treasure Lagoon, with a depth of 10 m and almost 16 km wide, is the largest in Cuba a very popular tourist site in the Península de Zapata.Preservation and care of its environment during almost four decades, with scarce presence of populationsettlements, allowed the ecosystem to stay almost untouched. It is considered the largest reserve of humid soil in the Caribbean, with outstanding places like the Salt Mines of Brito.

“La Boca” the largest crocodile farm in Latin America. Boat rides areappropriate for traveling to the Guama tourism center. Near 13km south from La Boca de Guama you reach the famous Bay of Pigs at Playa Larga. US-backed exiles tried to invade Cuba through this bay on April 17, 1961. The main museum dedicated to these events is at Playa Giron, which is 35km father south. The little village of Playa Larga makes a good base for visiting the adjacent nature reserves in Gran Parque Natural Montemar.

Places to go:

  • Finca Fiesta Campesina (Farm)
  • La Boca Crocodile Breeding Center
  • Guamá, Treasure Lagoon, Tainos Indian Village
  • Bay of Pigs
  • Punta Perdíz Scuba Dving Center
  • Cave of Fishes
  • Playa Larga (Beach)
  • Playa Girón (Beach)
  • Hatibonico River (Fishing)
  • Brito Salt Mines
  • Caleta Buena ( Natural Pool)

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