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Ambrosio Cave, Varadero

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See a collection of significant pre-Columbian cave drawings at Ambrosio Cave. Located in an ecological preserve, the 300 m (984 ft) deep cave represents an important archaeological site, with 72 rupestrian drawings believed to have been made by members of the Taino culture more than 2,000 years ago. The striking designs of the red and black figures add much to the evocative sense of mystery here. The cave also offers a refuge for hundreds of fruit-eating bats, so keep an eye out for the gentle winged creatures darting around the cave and hanging from the ceiling. For Ambrosio Cave and beyond, use our Varadero vacation route planner to get the most from your Varadero vacation.
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  • First, the location shown on the Tripadvisor map is not at all accurate. It's on the highway just around the corner from the Royalton and the Iberostar Varadero. You could easily walk from these 2 hot...  more »
  • If you want to overcome your fear of bats, come through this cave. Bats are awesome to begin with but seeing so many in such a small area was amazing. Lots of chirps and squeeks, different species, we...  more »
  • entry 5 cuc (5th) to see 10 bald mice running after you will quickly turn in 5 minutes with a flashlight and I am skeptical about the origin of 2 designs
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  • If you are staying anywhere in Varadero, take the time to go underground at Cueva de Ambrosio. Admission fees: bonus guide with a flashlight. Bring a flashlight! Bring the kids! We were nearing the end of our stay and had not yet visited Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, which is the kind of thing that happens when you travel with a group with different interests.Not only was it the last day but a short hour before the park closed (sunset). A complete cave experience for a novice: Vegetation, geology, pictographs, fauna and flora! The caves have high ceilings (over 8 feet). Though the occasional openings you can see the trees and vegetation growing above, but there are the odd plants whimsically growing on the cave floor. As you walk from ''room'' through ''room'', there are bats, stalagmites and stalactites, an interesting selection of pre-columbian (maybe) cave drawings and visible stratification of stone, pebbles and fossilized vegetation formed by ancient dunes.
  • Highly recommended tour into a cave filled with bats! this was the real deal for bat lovers.
  • nice old caves with lots of bats
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  • The company gathered and drove to this cave. Entrance cost approximately 15 CUC per person. In the price included. Getting to the cave on a motorized scooter patrol rented 25 CUC per day
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