Las Salinas Trail Nature Trails, Zapata Swamp. Cuba
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- Zapata Swamp, Matanzas. Cuba
- Destination: Zapata Swamp
- Open: Daily
LAS SALINAS This route is a harmonious combination of hiking and boating. You set out hiking from Playa Larga along a trail that parallels the western shore of the Bay of Pigs. On the way, you will go through several wooded areas and types of vegetation; pass some large but very shallow lakes, where several species of birds—including Roseate Flamingos (Phoenicopteus ruber) and Roseate Spoonbills (Ajaia ajaja) live. Along this route, you may also see some endemic species, such as Zapata Sparrows (Torreornis inexpectata) and Bee Hummingbirds (Mellisuga helenae). When you get to Las Salinas, you’ll continue your trip in a small boat, going across the lake to Cayo Venado. The trip may include other cays, as well, so you can see different species of iguanas, hutias and crocodiles in their natural habitat.
Hike and boat ride. Visit to Las Salinas and tour of lakes and cays
Observation of flora and fauna, including species of birds that are endemic to this area
Specialized guide, a set of binoculars for each person, snack and lunch in the Playa Larga Restaurant
Bring comfortable shoes (boots for hiking, and sandals).
Mapa de Las Salinas Trail
Las Salinas Trail 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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“Salina- Hell on Earth! ”
I was very dissapointed and even shocked on this trip. First, the Canadian teens who destroyed our sleep on a daily basis. They were rude, spoiled brats that should be sent to Cuba to help the Cubans earn their living. The food was not great, gave us hard rock bread to eat, the organize guide trips- a joke, you had... More
“Good Trip. July 15,2010 ”
La Salina is a nice property, the rooms are clean, the grounds are well maintained. The shows are excellent and the tours were good. We did the day trip to Havana which was very informative and interesting. The catamaran trip was good but the snorkelling part was bad, they gave us cheap equipment and the marine life was dull. The... More
“Pleasantly surprised. ”
We were told that when going to Cuba, you're not going for the food. So, needless to say, we were not expecting good food. However, we were pleasantly surprised that at the resort they had a variety of good food. We especially enjoyed the pasta. The hotel was clean and the staff were very friendly and accommodating. Everything was very... More
“Bird watching ”
Las Salinas gives you the possibility to see flamingo's in free nature. You drive with your own car over a bumpy road, with on both sides of the road magnificent views.
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