Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, Varadero

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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 took the hop on hop off bus to the reserve. We spent almost 2 hours exploring. The paths are marked but are rocky so good walking shoes are a must. You can buy water there but I would recommend bri...  more »
  • It is always very welcoming to visit this ecological reserve where you can walk trails and see a wide variety of animal species and join abundant and varied flora. It is an ideal place to visit
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  • Best organized track I've ever seen! Has arrows, dumpsters and numbers. These numbers are to look at the role that give at the entrance, with explanation of each excerpt. Too much! The floor is unlike anything I've ever seen. On the way there is mostly cactus and caves. One is the Cueva de Los Musulmanes. The trail is easy, easy, lasts for about 35 min. daily from 9:00 to 4:30 pm. 5CUC. On the side of the highway (just around the corner from the Royalton and Iberostar). The tour bus hop-on hop-off leaves. The Cueva Ambrosio (5CUC) is not there, but is 5 min walk from there.
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  • if you are in he area do visit this place. the cave is superb, there are some bats probably fast asleep try to go early or late as the exit is fairly free from everything and there little shade as well
  • Very nice reserve especially early in the morning. You will be quite alone. Simple but effective information in Spanish, English, German and French. About the items you will find there. We regrettably missed the bats so pay attention to the man who sells you the ticket ;-)
  • I went to this wonderful Ecological Reserve in March 2016. To get there you can take the daily tour bus, for 5 cuc (which lasts all day) ask the bus assistance that you want to make a stop there when you get on and they will let you know when to get off. The bus stop is quite close by the entrance. When you get there you pay 5 cuc each and you receive a piece of paper with information about the place. They asked what language I spoke, so I’m assuming that they have the information in a few different languages. Has you walk through it there are signs to point which way to go, and numbers on the different parts of the reserve. The numbers correspond to what is on the piece of paper. There are a lot of cool and interesting things to see. One of the ones is number 9, the bat cave. I strongly recommend going inside and taking a look. A few suggestions if you are going there, wear shoes or even hiking boots if you have them. You are basically walking around in a forest, it’s quite rocky. It takes around 2 hours to walk around the whole place, so ensure that you go there early. Where it does get dark in there before the sunsets, and the workers at the front gate don’t stay and wait for everyone to come back out. Overall if you like nature walks and want to change it up from being on a resort, I would strongly recommend going here.
  • Really cool place a must see if you are in the area
  • Not a big park. Nice caverns to visit.

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