Hatiguanico River Trail, Zapata Swamp. Cuba
- Destination: Zapata Swamp
- Open: Daily
- Address From: Zapata Swamp, Matanzas. Cuba
Description Nature Trails: Hatiguanico River Trail, Zapata Swamp. Cuba
This route up the Hatiguanico River, one of the largest and most important in Cuba, takes you around 9 miles (14 kilometers) into the heart of the peninsula, so you can see several species mangrove—in whose thickets many species of marine fauna take refuge. Along the way, you can also see many kinds of fish, aquatic birds—some of which are locally endemic—reptiles and mammals.
Your trip will take you to the clear springs at the headwaters of the Hatiguanico and to its tributaries, the Guareiras and Gonzalo Rivers. Then you’ll go on to the Santo Tomás Ditch, where you can see aquatic birds and changes in the vegetation.
Time 5 hours
Longitude 14 kms
Capacity 20 pax
Boat ride to the headwaters of the river
Observation of flora and fauna, including species of birds that are endemic to this area Specialized guide, snack and lunch in the Pío Cúa Restaurant
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Hatiguanico River 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.