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Cuba: Tourism and Nature

The Cuban archipelago, full of natural, historic and cultural attractions, also offers a wide range of tourist and recreational options.

In addition to excellent beaches of warm crystal-clear water and fine white sand, the Caribbean island holds its own treasures, including programs that combine nature tourism and adventure.

Tours to the country's mountain ecosystems are also highly demanded by foreign tourists who bet on Cuba to spend their vacations.

The potential of ecotourism lies in the Cuba's relief, which consists of four main mountain ranges that cover about 21 percent of the island's territory and hold 37 percent of the country's forests.

In eastern Cuba is the Gran Piedra (Large Rock) – the largest rock on earth according to the Guinness Book of Records. The majestic and imposing rock weighs 63,000 tons and is 1,220 meters above sea level.

The area was named after one of the most important geological values in Santiago de Cuba province: a huge volcanic rock that is 51 meters long, 25 meters high and 30 meters wide.

View of Gran Piedra
Piscina Hotel Playa Girón
Façade of Gran Piedra Hotel

Moreover, protected areas, biosphere reserves, swamps and Cuba's endemic flora and fauna can be watched along specialized trails created for those interested in enjoying the island's nature.

Western Matanzas province holds the special marine park Cayo Piedras del Norte, which is an excellent place for scuba diving, and the ecological reserve in Punta Hicacos, a safe haven for 662 species of birds that live in Mangón Lagoon, in addition to the aboriginal pictographs in the caves of Ambrosio and Musulmanes.

In the southern part of that province is the Zapata Swamp Biosphere Reserve, a stronghold for nature tourism, an ideal place for marine spelunking and the largest swamp in the Caribbean region.

Three dozens of specialized dive center operate throughout the country, where vacationers can take initiation courses and dive in coral reefs and caverns, under strict international standards for that activity.

In addition, nearly 6,500 varieties of fish, crustaceans, sponges and mollusks, and an 850-kilometer coral reef in perfect state of preservation turn the island into one of the best-preserved underwater ecosystems in the region.

On the other hand, Cuba's tourist sector has the necessary infrastructure to turn your vacations into an efficient mechanism to improve your health while enjoying your leisure time.

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