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Cuba: Nature, Water and Health

The tourist potential of the Cuban archipelago, located in a privileged location in the Caribbean region, is based on the existence of a wide range of options, ranging from traditional sun and beach programs to culture and traditions.

Every year, Cuba's excellent beaches welcome thousands of foreign tourists, who are also interested in the island nation's pristine nature.

In San José del Lago, in central Sancti Spiritus province, 350 kilometers east of Havana, medicinal water is diuretic, and is rapidly absorbed and eliminated by the human body.

San José del Lago is also an option to improve your health due to its thermal mineral-medicinal water, traditional medicine treatments (acupuncture and shiatsu), mud therapy and psychological treatments.

According to experts, water in San José del Lago remains at a temperature o 33 degrees Celsius and contains bicarbonate and calcium. It is excellent to treat gastrointestinal, metabolic, renal, dermatologic ailments. Its sedative properties make it excellent to treat stressed people.

In western Pinar del Río province, the fame of San Diego de los Baños dates back to 1632. Experts there treat several diseases with acupuncture, medicinal mud, apitherapy and natural medications, among other methods of traditional medicine.

Exterior View. Elguea.
San José del Lago. Façade.
Elguea. Treatments

In central Cuba is Elguea, whose water, which has high contents of minerals, sodium and bromide, and little sulfur, is at 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) and runs at 25 liters per second.

Its Thermal Center has an area of 1,300 square meters and offers three pools of medicinal water, sauna, gymnasium, individual baths, beauty parlor, massage parlor, resting area and doctor's offices, among other services.

The center also provides such treatments as electrotherapy, kinetic therapy, aerobics, moxibustion, podiatry, psycho-relaxation, hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, massage, traditional medicine and facial treatments.

Also in Villa Clara, tourists can visit the Hanabanilla, the country's only lake surrounded by mountains, into which the rivers Negro, Hanabanilla and Guanayara flow.

The reservoir covers an area of 14.9 square kilometers and is 30-40 meters deep. The lake is 364 meters above sea level and stores 300 million cubic meters of water.

Cuba's natural options also include trails such as El Nicho, which runs parallel to the Hanabanilla River and where travelers can find several waterfalls and enjoy breathtakingly-beautiful landscapes.

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