Cactus Patriarch, Varadero

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Visit Cactus Patriarch, a giant treelike cactus that stands over 6 m (20 ft) tall and is over half a millennium old. It is believed to be the oldest living thing in all of Cuba, and therefore the only living witness to the arrival of Christopher Columbus. Surrounded by dense green vegetation, the cactus sits near a natural salt pit where leathers and meats were prepared. Hire a local guide to learn about the history of the cactus and surrounding area. Use our Varadero trip builder site to visit Cactus Patriarch on your trip to Varadero, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Interesting to see this cactus that has been there for hundreds of years and to know that it still produces flowers!!! Had to pay 2 POC per person to take two steps to see a giant plant! But it was a ...  more »
  • To get to this place, it requires some walking, It only has 1 cactus as shown in the picture, nothing more. I don't think it worths 2 CUC admission, honestly, there is nothing there.  more »
  • Lovely large cactus go the or even scooter and go walk into town later there a cave with bats or even a
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