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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 came upon this place by accident. Lovely walk away from the sun, we did the unguided walk. I recommend you take a torch for inside the caves. It took us approx 1 hour to walk rpund. Bus stop outsid...  more »
  • the caves and rock formations in the reserve make visiting this reserve worth while. If you are brave you can squeeze in one cave with the bats! take mosquito repellent and wear trainers as the rocks ...  more »
  • A ca 1h trip in the area and you learn a lot about local flora & fauna. it is an easy, steady walk with also a lot of information about plants you come across. Lovely! 
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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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