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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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  • We passed the sign for the Ambrosio Cave on the Hop-on, Hop-off bus tours, and we are so glad we decided to stop and visit. When we went, us group of 6 were the only ones there at the time, which gave...  more »
  • This is a little adventure where you can see ancient cave drawings, made by the original inhabitants of Cubs. If you don't like bats, I would avoid but for me it was exciting!  more »
  • We visited as part of a tour. There was a resident archeologist who was so knowledgeable about the history of the wall painting and also the bats. The caves were teeming with bats, who were only just ...  more »
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  • Nice cave, you can get to see bats.
  • 5CUC/pax for 45' walk. Not bad but it's too short. You may want to go to Saturno Cave instead. It's great there. You can even swim inside.
  • Highly recommended tour into a cave filled with bats! this was the real deal for bat lovers.
  • 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.
  • nice old caves with lots of bats