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San Ambrosio Cave Caves, Varadero Beach. Cuba

Two out of the fifteen archeological sited discovered at the peninsula that reveal the customs of the area’s indigenous population are both located in the Varahicacos natural park. Traces of pre-Columbian inhabitants (72 rupestrian paintings) can be found in local burial plots that go back 2000 years, representatives of the agro-alfarera taino culture. The primitive pictographs and carsic formations in the Cave of San Ambrosio are surprising. The first one is a 250 meter long cave with five interconnected galleries. During the colonial period, it also served as safe heaven for maroons, or black runaway slaves. Los Musulmanes’ path, with its great diversity of plants and animals, also presents several interesting geographic points as does.

Mapa de San Ambrosio Cave

San Ambrosio Cave is located in Varadero Beach

Varadero is the famoust beach in Cuba and one of the most important destinations in the Caribbean. Varadero is the main tourist destination of the country. Its total area is 14.4 km square and its most important natural potential is the beach that is 20 375 m long with a sand strip of around 22 km wide and an average dune height of 1 m.

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Review about Caves: San Ambrosio Cave
Excellent Llu

San Ambrosio Cave
Ambrosio's Cave is about 250 metres long and has 5 galleries that interconnect. The walls of the cave have numerous drawings that make up one of the largest collections of Indian pictographs in the Caribbean. During the slave trade, many runaways hid out in the cave systems. In the district are salt works and it is believed that the famous sea captain, Sir Francis Drake, stopped to take on salt used for preserving meat on his way back to England.

Awfull theJamaicanlawyer

“Do not order the DVD ”
My tour began with an awesome view of a DVD which heightened my curiosity. I expected to experience and see the same spectacular rocks and crystals. I was a little disappointed. I did see a few interesting rocks and the tour guide who was rushing to and fro between the Spanish and English group tried to give a few jokes... More 

Average VirginiaS67

“Bats ”
It was ok...saw bats in real life and they don't care for people so no biting.. It was an interesting stop for our shopping trip into town. Used the double decker bus and enjoyed the scenery.

Average Deanna J

“Refreshing! ”
It was alright, didn't spend much time here. It was the last stop off on our jeep tour . Not a lot to see.

Very good KatieB97

“Fun ”
Left completely on our own to explore.A bit uneven underfoot. Take good shoes. Worth it to get out of the resort.

Very good chadandkate

“bats are cute ”
This is a neat little cave that you get to explore - there are bats all over the place - be sure to wear a hat!

Very good Kim C

“Worth the time to visit ”
This a late review ... I was there in December 2013 with my 11 year old son. I was a bit worried about his reaction as I knew prior to going there there was live bats. He was a bit creepd out as it is dark but he realy enjoyed the experience as I did. We were both facinated with... More 

Very good MaggieH1965

“Well worth a visit ”
As the caves were only about 15 minutes walk from our hotel we decided to give it a go. We were luck enough to be the only ones there at the time so we had a personal tour which takes about 25 minuets. The guide was really good we saw the drawings on the wall, the ants and cockroaches but... More 

Very good 448andyk

“A hidden gem ”
This attraction is not very well advertised, but it is worth a peek. It is a connected set of caves featuring ancient pictographs on the walls, an interesting history and bats. What's not to like about that? It's a cool place to visit on a hot day.

Very good AMR123456

“Bats and paintings ”
There are tons of bats on the ceiling, and quite a few cave drawings. The natural beauty of the caverns was beautiful and the tour guide made this well worth the $5CUC. It takes less than 30 to complete.

Excellent christmascactus2014

“Bat Cave ”
Very good tour guide at explaining the cave and it's drawings. The flashlights that you use could have been a little more high powered. The cave has fruit bats living in it. Enjoyed it very much.

Excellent AlbertaChristiegirl

“Excellent tourist attraction ”
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the bat cave. Our tour guide Rene was very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. He was friendly and made me feel comfortable inside the cave with all the bats flying around. We were able to take many pictures and found the tour very informative. The location was a short walk from... More 

Excellent Jennifer D

“Awesome ”
We stayed at sandals Royal hicocas. This cave is literally right around the corner and worth checking out. Cost 5 cuc per person. About half hr guided tour. Rene was very friendly very informative and spoke good English. Lots of bats. Cave contains Mayan and Indian markings.

Excellent Sara C

“Fun! ”
This is super cool. The guide at the entrance was very nice and knowledgeable about the caves and bats. I loved that my husband and I were given a flashlight and left to explore on our own, it made it all the more fun and exciting! There are so many bats!! It is amazing to watch them fly in front... More 

Excellent Samantha S

“Great Cave - Watch out for the Ants ”
This cave was a 15 minute walk from our Hotel. It was much more spectacular than I expected. When we arrived in the morning no one else was there so my partner and I had a personal tour with the guide who explained the cave paintings etc. to us. Try not to look down as you will see the creepy... More 

Excellent SheltieJim

“Nice Cave ”
Worth a visit to this cave, Guide was funny but you need to take care as steps were rough and possible to bang your head on the roof

Excellent AlbertaChristiegirl

“Excellent tourist attraction ”
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the bat cave. Our tour guide Rene was very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. He was friendly and made me feel comfortable inside the cave with all the bats flying around. We were able to take many pictures and found the tour very informative. The location was a short walk from... More 

Excellent Liz_224

“My favourite! ”
When people ask me what I liked most about my trip to Cuba I always tell them that it was our trip to the Cueva de Ambrosio! We arrived with the Varadero Beach Bus Tour around 45 minutes before closing, which was beneficial for us because we were the only visitors. The guide gave us torch and 20 minutes to... More 

Excellent PantaOz

“Deserted place, with an expert on site - AMAZING! ”
Amazing place to visit, not too far from the hotels, I can say that's in the walking distance. It took 35 minutes from my hotel. First thing you'll notice is that there is never any people in the caves. The guide (well educated University graduate) will tell you everything you want to know, and I used my video camera to... More 

Excellent kathryn k

“Batcave ”
The man was so enthusiastic about the caves, it was 5 cuc to go in with a torch many bats flying about and cockroaches scurrying around. Absolutely amazing ancient cave drawings, very unspoilt. Really worth a visit as long as you're not squeemish !!

Excellent tomco99

“Great time with the bats! ”
This was my family's third visit to the Ambrosio Cave and my fifth. My little girls love seeing the bats and making them fly around by flashing the lights on them. The cave paintings are interesting and the formations are very cool especially the areas that were once under water. Best to see this attraction after 12 noon as you... More 

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