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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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  • 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.

  • birdsofafeather1
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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 

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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 

  • birdsofafeather1
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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 

  • birdsofafeather1
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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 

  • birdsofafeather1
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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