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  • Areas of Natural Interest: Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake)

    Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake), Zapata Swamp. Cuba

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  • Description Areas of Natural Interest: Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake), Zapata Swamp. Cuba
    Head down a 5-km canal to reach this scenic lagoon located east of Boca de Guama. A lifelike recreation of a Taíno village spans across several small islands.
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  • Interesting Place next to Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake)
  • Varadero Golf Club Varadero Golf Club

    Lat:23.19810   Lon:-81.14622 

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    Designed by architect Les Furber, President of the Canadian Golf Design Services Ltd (GDS) company,…

    Josone Park Josone Park

    Lat:23.15300   Lon:-81.25080 

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    Josone Pak was a Private residence and resting place of José Fermín Iturrioz Llaguno,…

    Bellamar Cave Bellamar Cave

    Lat:23.01667   Lon:-81.55000 

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    Bellamar Cave

  • Museums next to Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake)
  • Municipal de Varadero Museum Municipal de Varadero Museum

    Lat:23.15420   Lon:-81.25190 

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    A museum about the people of Varadero and tourism, they also have an Indian art collection. This museum…

    Palacio de Junco, Provincial Museum Palacio de Junco, Provincial Museum

    Lat:23.04650   Lon:-81.57380 

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    Located in Plaza de la Vigía, in the heart of old Matanzas, this former military headquarters…

    Pharmaceutical Museum Pharmaceutical Museum

    Lat:23.04650   Lon:-81.57860 

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    The Pharmacy of Havana Museum reopened on July 30th, 2004. Permanent exhibitions on its three great…

  • Squares next to Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake)
  • Libertad Square Libertad Square

    Lat:23.04704   Lon:-81.57829 

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  • Areas of Natural Interest next to Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake)
  • Rio Canimar Rio Canimar

    Lat:23.03882   Lon:-81.49658 

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    Rio Canimar is a Natural Park and a river where you can sail and enjoy the exhuberant vegetation and…

  • Landscapes next to Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake)
  • Bacunayagua Bridge Bacunayagua Bridge

    Lat:23.19440   Lon:-81.12390 

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    This bridge marks the territorial limit by way of the Via Blanca Highway of the provinces of Havana…

  • Caves next to Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake)
  • San Ambrosio Cave San Ambrosio Cave

    Lat:23.19264   Lon:-81.16307 

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    Two out of the fifteen archeological sited discovered at the peninsula that reveal the customs of the…

    Santa Catalina Cave Santa Catalina Cave

    Lat:23.07290   Lon:-81.41570 

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    Featuring an attractive environment, this cave is found along the road that leads into the city of Matanzas…

  • City next to Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake)
  • Matanzas Matanzas

    Lat:23.041110   Lon:-81.577500 

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  • River next to Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake)
  • Rio Hondo Rio Hondo

    Lat:23.052780   Lon:-81.098610 

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    Rio San Anton Rio San Anton

    Lat:23.048330   Lon:-81.100280 

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    Zanja Siguagua Zanja Siguagua

    Lat:23.033330   Lon:-81.150000 

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    Rio del Jucaro Rio del Jucaro

    Lat:23.060830   Lon:-80.979440 

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    Rio Cimarrones Rio Cimarrones

    Lat:22.966670   Lon:-81.083330 

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    Rio de la Palma Rio de la Palma

    Lat:23.057500   Lon:-80.894720 

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    Brazo Negro Brazo Negro

    Lat:22.933330   Lon:-80.933330 

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    Rio Paso Seco Rio Paso Seco

    Lat:23.050000   Lon:-81.350000 

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    Rio San Juan Rio San Juan

    Lat:23.050000   Lon:-81.350000 

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    Rio Camarioca Rio Camarioca

    Lat:23.116670   Lon:-81.366670 

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  • Streams next to Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake)
  • Arroyo el Hatico Arroyo el Hatico

    Lat:22.950000   Lon:-81.183330 

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    Arroyo Bermejo Arroyo Bermejo

    Lat:22.933330   Lon:-81.183330 

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    Arroyo San Juan Arroyo San Juan

    Lat:23.033330   Lon:-81.350000 

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    Rio Maibio Rio Maibio

    Lat:22.916670   Lon:-81.283330 

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    Arroyo del Burro Arroyo del Burro

    Lat:22.828330   Lon:-81.035000 

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    Rio Cuje Rio Cuje

    Lat:22.833330   Lon:-81.266670 

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    Arroyo Burenes Arroyo Burenes

    Lat:22.796940   Lon:-81.183890 

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    Brazo Oeste de la Plata Brazo Oeste de la Plata

    Lat:23.050000   Lon:-81.433330 

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    Rio Copey Rio Copey

    Lat:22.850000   Lon:-81.316670 

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    Arroyo Jiguey Arroyo Jiguey

    Lat:22.900000   Lon:-80.800000 

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  • Reservoirs next to Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake)
  • Embalse La Lometa Embalse La Lometa

    Lat:23.019440   Lon:-81.033330 

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    Embalse La Luisa Embalse La Luisa

    Lat:22.738890   Lon:-80.866670 

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    Embalse Las Brisas Embalse Las Brisas

    Lat:22.716670   Lon:-80.841670 

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    Embalse El Carmen Embalse El Carmen

    Lat:22.766670   Lon:-80.770830 

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  • Mountain next to Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake)
  • Loma Chapelin Loma Chapelin

    Lat:23.183330   Lon:-81.183330 

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    Loma La Industria Loma La Industria

    Lat:22.927500   Lon:-81.031110 

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    Loma del Burro Loma del Burro

    Lat:22.883610   Lon:-81.369170 

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    Loma de Campo Ramos Loma de Campo Ramos

    Lat:22.759720   Lon:-81.163610 

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    La Loma La Loma

    Lat:22.992780   Lon:-80.748610 

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    Loma Calvario Loma Calvario

    Lat:22.875830   Lon:-81.381110 

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    Loma de Sitio Vianda Loma de Sitio Vianda

    Lat:22.866670   Lon:-81.416670 

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    Lomita del Cuabal Lomita del Cuabal

    Lat:22.933330   Lon:-81.516670 

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  • Sierras next to Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake)
  • Sierra de Bibanasi Sierra de Bibanasi

    Lat:22.933330   Lon:-80.866670 

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    Las Piedras de Camarioca Las Piedras de Camarioca

    Lat:23.083330   Lon:-81.433330 

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    Lomas de Alonso Lomas de Alonso

    Lat:22.933330   Lon:-81.400000 

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    Lomas del Jacan Lomas del Jacan

    Lat:22.858610   Lon:-81.350000 

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    Sierra de Limones Sierra de Limones

    Lat:22.866670   Lon:-81.416670 

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    Sierra de las Caobas Sierra de las Caobas

    Lat:22.883330   Lon:-81.450000 

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  • Roads next to Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake)
  • Viaducto Matanzas-Varadero Viaducto Matanzas-Varadero

    Lat:23.046273   Lon:-81.573054 

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  • Churches and Convents next to Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake)
  • Iglesia del Inmaculado Corazon de Maria Iglesia del Inmaculado Corazon de Maria

    Lat:23.15000   Lon:-81.25880 

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    Churches and Convents in Cuba

    Santa Elvira Church Santa Elvira Church

    Lat:23.15011   Lon:-81.25879 

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    It date back from 1938, with an irregular structure in which stones and wood are predominant. The church,…

  • Ecohotel and Farms next to Matanzas
  • La Dionisia Ecohotel La Dionisia Ecohotel

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    Located at 5 km from Canimar, en route to Vardero.  Activities: Guided tour fo the coffee plantation…

    Amarilla Farms Amarilla Farms

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    Close to the Zapata Swamp. Located in the municipality of Colón, reached via the Santa Clara…

  • Horseback Riding in Matanzas
  • Horseback Rio Canimar Horseback Rio Canimar

    Lat:23.03902   Lon:-81.49571 

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    Groups are constantly departing to allow the visitors to be acquainted with all corners in the farm…

  • Nature Trails in Matanzas
  • Las Salinas Trail Las Salinas Trail

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    LAS SALINAS This route is a harmonious combination of hiking and boating. You set out hiking from Playa…

    Hatiguanico River Trail Hatiguanico River Trail

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    This route up the Hatiguanico River, one of the largest and most important in Cuba, takes you around…

    Speleolacustrine Trail Speleolacustrine Trail

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    This system—which contains many different geographic features and kinds of vegetation—is…

    El Patriarca Trail El Patriarca Trail

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    This is a route, which takes place through different vegetal formations. It lasts approximately 45 minutes,…

    Musulmanes Trail Musulmanes Trail

    Lat:22.16880   Lon:-81.13540 

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    This route consist of an approximately 60 minutes walk through a great diversity of plants and animals,…

  • Birdwatching Trails in Matanzas
  • Las Salinas de Brito Trail Las Salinas de Brito Trail

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    LAS SALINAS This route is a harmonious combination of hiking and boating. You set out hiking from Playa…

  • Monuments next to Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake)
  • Oscar Maria de Rojas, Museo Municipal Oscar Maria de Rojas, Museo Municipal

    Lat:23.03590   Lon:-81.20230 

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    It treasures the history of Cardenas, rightfully named “Flag City” due to the fact that…

  • Colonial Fortress next to Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake)
  • Morrillo Fort Morrillo Fort

    Lat:23.04661   Lon:-81.50270 

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    Declared a National Monument in 1978, it is a preserved military construction at the mouth of the Canimar…

    San Severino Castle San Severino Castle

    Lat:23.05613   Lon:-81.55939 

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    The Military Construction of the Renaissance prototype, typical of the Spanish fortifications system…

  • Currency Exchange next to Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake)
  • Hotel Las Américas Currency Exchange Hotel Las Américas Currency Exchange

    Calle 4ta. esq. a 7ma., Rpto. Vista Alegre
    (5322) 687136 14km 949m

    Hotel Coral Sirenas - Varadero Currency Exchange Hotel Coral Sirenas - Varadero Currency Exchange

    Calle 129 Edif.13 plantas No.1 (20201) e/ 202 y 204, Varadero Beach. Cuba
    (5345) 666070 15km 950m

  • Clinics next to Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake)
  • SPA Club Plaza America Clinic SPA Club Plaza America Clinic

    Centro de Convenciones, Carretera Las Americas. Varadero. Cuba
    (5345) 667881 14km 695m

  • Drugstores next to Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake)
  • International Drugstore Plaza América Drugstore International Drugstore Plaza América Drugstore

    Centro de Convenciones, Carretera Las Américas, Varadero Beach. Cuba
    (5345) 668042 14km 695m

  • Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake) is located in Zapata Swamp
  • The Zapata Peninsula, one of the most important ecosystems in Cuba and the largest swamp reserve in the Caribbean, is situated in southern Matanzas. It features exceptional species of flora and fauna, many of which are endemic.

    The Montemar Great Natural Park is located in the peninsula. Here, you will find beaches, woods, mangrove swamps, rivers, lakes, flooded caves that open on the sea, natural pools and a seabed of particular beauty. In short, it is an ideal place for day and night scuba diving by both beginners and experienced divers, including the exploration of marine caves., One of the park's main attractions is its cave system, which extends along the coast for 70 km (over 43 miles). The roof of some of these caverns has caved in, turning them into semicircular lakes called "cenotes". The park is also an excellent place to go hiking, horseback riding and boating. In addition, many animals live here, and the international flyways of several kinds of birds go over the park, so you can see both native and migratory species. While in you are in the area, Guamá -a restored Taino Indian village on Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake)-, the crocodile-breeding center and the Playa Girón (Bay of Pigs) Museum are musts.

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  • birdsofafeather1
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    LukaszKempny

    “A bit touristic and expensive ”
    The trip by boat was fun, but then you are put on island that only looks nice. All tourists make a trip round the island through some fake Indian sculptures and houses. Right next to this island there is a hotel resort where you can rent one of the bungalows. TIP: firstly go and see the resort and swim in... More 

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    Tom T

    “For fans good, but a bit boring ”
    When we got there, it was pretty much empty, shops close early. You see some crododiles and a crododile nursery. Sometimes they are fed or played with. You may also hold a mini-croc in your hand (tip expected). All in all interesting but nothing special.

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    CanadianDeparture

    “A fun little stop ”
    We stopped here briefly on our way to the bay of pigs. This was offered from gaviota tours (through Sunwing) it was the Tour of the Caribbean package. Well I thought this attraction was neat, you stop and see the baby crocodiles and you get to watch one of the guys there catch one in a traditional way before he... More 

  • birdsofafeather1
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    milestiba

    “Guama park ”
    Unfortunately we did not manage to sleep over in Guama national park, as we arrived too late and didn't know that this place one need to book in advance at least a day ahead, because the only way to get to indian style hutches in the park is by river and people from park need to be ready to bring... More 

  • birdsofafeather1
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    gonzfamilyexplorers

    “A nice day trip ”
    Adonis from Adonis Taxi Service, tipped us well (among other things, aside from great taxi service) in visiting Guama. We were thinking of staying at the hotel for the night but Adonis wisely advised us that although the place is beautiful, it will probably be wiser just to go for the day trip, because it is more of a sightseeing,... More 

  • birdsofafeather1
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    Yosemite195

    “First Choice Guama steam and sugar day trip ”
    We were very pleased to have chosen this trip as it gave us a flavour of Cuba away from the tourist resorts in Varadero. It was quite a long and very hot day but extremely interesting and varied. We travelled out of Varadero and through Cardenas, the city of bicycles and horses/carts. It was so different and clearly had significant... More 

  • birdsofafeather1
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    800Lisa

    “Great tour ”
    We visited the crocodile sanctuary and Indian village as part of tour we were on (Guama, Steam and Sugar). We loved visiting the replica indian village by speed boat. My son absolutely loved it and thought he was Indiana Jones for a while. When we got to the Indian village replica we could see all the huts that can be... More 

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    James_Gail

    “Crocodile encounter ”
    Had a fabulous afternoon in awe of the power of the crocodiles close up. Got to hold a 3ft creature for a photo shoot and a slightly smaller one who was as tame as puppy. The 4 metre beasts where incredible, especially when being fed. Speedboat trip to the Indian village also a highlight. 20 mins across the lake to... More 

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    Simon W

    “Crocs and History ”
    This attraction is included on the 'Guama / Bay of Pigs' full day tour from the North coast and is well worth a visit. At Guama Park, you will see local wildlife in a beautiful setting of lakes and gardens, including the crocodiles which show their aggression at feeding time and a recreation of charcoal manufacturing, together with a selection... More 

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    Linda A

    “Guama excursion is worth it! ”
    In January of 2013, I embarked on a day trip to Guama, in the Cienaga de Zapata region of Matanzas, Cuba. My tour bus picked me up from Varadero at 7:30 am and proceeded south, passing through Cardenas, past cattle, egrets and vultures who equally shared grazing land, and by hills shrouded in morning mists. South of Cardenas, our bus... More