As we drive south to the countryside Cuba, this tour includes a visit to a tobacco plantation, a visit to a crocodile breeding farm where you can see endemic species in a mini zoo. You can also snorkel or scuba dive with or without instructor (if skilled) in the south shore of Cuba in Bay of Pigs or in the deepest cenote in Cuba with more than 71m deep, The Cueva de los Peces, or Cave of the Fishes.
GUAMA DAY Tour
While our other tours are more focused on the history of Cuba, this tour is different and is entirely focused on Cuba’s stunning and assorted nature. Prepare to get to know another aspect of the Cuban island!
from Havana / from Varadero
This is the standard tour plan – changes can be made for every tour.
Fiesta Campesina is a peasant’s farm that offers cockfights and a small zoo with deer, snakes, crocodiles and birds. Also samples of fruits and coffee are available. You can also taste the “warapo” a juice obtained from the crushing sugar cane.
Museo de la Comandancia
Optionally we can visit the Museo de la Comandancia. During the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, Fidel Castro had his headquarters in this former office of the sugar mill, but today the building is devoted to the revolutionary museum. You can see the desk and phone from where Fidel commanded his forces, along with other associated memorabilia. Outside is the wreck of an invading aircraft shot down by Fidel’s troops. (Price: 1.00 CUC per person).
Visit Guamá by speed boat
Guamá, named after a Taíno chief who organized a revolt against the Spaniards in 1522, consists of a number of small islands that are connected by means of rustic bridges. You can only cross the water, as a day tourist or to stay in the bungalows that are built on the islands.
We take a high-speed boat to Guamá; the trip takes about 10 minutes (Boat fee: 12.00 CUC per person).
The bungalows are especially popular with honeymooners, but also those who are looking for rare bird species are welcome to stay. Especially during twilight hours it is an ideal area for bird watching. In this area you can find the most rare and smallest bird in the world, the zunzuncito, from tip beak to the end of tail, only 6 centimeters tall.
Ancient village of the Taino
We visit a replica of a typical pre-Columbian Indian village. In ancient times Taïno Indians lived here and here is shown how they did. The Taíno were an indigenous people of the Caribbean. At the time of European contact in the late fifteenth century, they were the principal inhabitants of most of Cuba, Hispaniola (the Dominican Republic and Haiti), Jamaica, Puerto Rico, The Bahamas and the northern Lesser Antilles. Complete with replica examples of huts and ‘lifelike’ Indians, it becomes clear that these Indians did not live in caves, but lived in huts and both of hunting and fishing.
Optionally we can visit a crocodile breeding farm Criadero de Cocodrillos (admission fee: 5.00 CUC per person) where the two crocodile species that Cuba knows are grown. One of the two, the Cuban crocodile (Crocodylus rhumbiferus), is threatened with extinction. The other, the American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), is less rare. The problem was that both species were held together, causing the Cuban crocodile to go under threat. They now live predominantly in separate basins.
During this tour we have the opportunity to have lunch in very unusual place: in a real countryman’s house. This experience is unique, far more genuine and very different to what usual restaurants in the cities offer.
Playa Larga, a beach at the Bay of Pigs
Playa Larga is arguably one of the finest and unspoiled beaches on the south coast of Cuba. It is a long quiet beach and looks like a paradise, but was one of two beaches invaded by US-backed exiles on April 17, 1961.
Playa Larga also offers excellent opportunities for snorkeling and diving, acting as a launching off base for exploring the Zapata peninsula, Cuba’s largest wilderness area.
Snorkeling in the Fish Cave
Visit to the fascinating Fish Cave, a tectonic crack in the earth which has filled with a mixture of sea and ground water. The cave is the largest natural flooded saltwater cave – a stunning 70 meters-deep natural pool (cenote). It is a very nice place for snorkeling since a great variety of tropical fish can be observed in here (Rent scuba gear: 5.00 CUC per person).
Besides, the natural beauty of the place is magnificent with great rocks and trees surrounding it.
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