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Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, Varadero
(4.1/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web)
Find your bearings on trails through thick, densely populated forest at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, a nature preserve on the northeastern end of Hicacos Peninsula. A diverse and magical array of sights await you in this 3 sq km (1.15 sq mi) stretch of land. Follow sparsely signed trails to what is thought to be the oldest living thing in Cuba--the “Patriarcha” Cactus, a 500-year-old giant cactus tree. Head deeper into the reserve to find two caves: “Ambrosio,” a mesmerising, vast maze filled with fruit bats and decorated with ancient pictographs dating back 2,000 years, and “Musulmanes,” a smaller cave containing indigenous human remains that date back to 500 BC. Be sure to bring plenty of water. Use our Varadero itinerary maker to arrange your visit to Varahicacos Ecological Reserve and other attractions in Varadero.
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  • We were out and went and had read somewhere about caves and mangrove swamps. And were not to be disappointed ... it was the bats that flew in head height. Then there was the walk right and managed by most of them. It pops up a little surprises here and there. Clearly worth seeing
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  • This ecological reserve surrounded by high standard hotekes provides a sample of the flora and fauna of Cuban coastal ecosystem, where caves used by the Cuban aborigines are added
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  • This is a great trip for active travellers. It was indeed 5cuc to use the hop off and on bus to this reserve. It's also 5cuc to get into the reserve. Make sure you go into the cave. It was really exhi...  more »
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  • nice place
  • Must see in Varadero
  • Wonderfull experience of jungle life for an hour! Definetly a must see!
  • A wonderful place to be in direct contact with nature and enjoy a different experience. It has a variety of species, both endemic and invasive, of remarkable diversity. In addition to being a space very nice, its workers are equipped with great enthusiasm and play very well.
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