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Ecotourism in Cuba's Agenda

Cuba's tourism industry, which has grown fast over the past few years due to the country's natural attractions, bests on diversification beyond traditional sun and beach options.

Hundreds of kilometers of excellent beaches of white fine sand and warm crystal-clear waters are complemented by tourist modalities linked to the environment in several Cuban regions.

In that regard, there are options linked to adventures and nature, which benefit from the well state of preservation of Cuba's environment.

Precisely, in central Cuba, Sancti Spiritus offers beautiful landscapes in the north and south of the province, including the agri-tourist farm called Chalet Los Alamos.

The farm, which was built as a countryside mansion, facilitates the practice of mountain trekking along a route that is seven kilometers long.

North of Ciego de Avila is the lagoon La Redonda, which is among the extrahotel options most demanded by the tourists who visit Jardines del Rey (King's Gardens) every year.

Monte Mar Ciénaga de Zapata, Matanzas
Viñales Valley

Among the region's natural values are its rich and well-preserved wild flora and fauna, the latter being made up of both endemic and migratory species.

La Redonda also stands out for the varieties of canals that supply fresh water to the lake, which is an excellent place for ecotourism on boats and is surrounded by wonderful flora and fauna ecosystems.

La Redonda is a required stop in an ecological tour on boats around mangrove and natural attractions.

At the same time, Cuba's tourism sector is developing a broad promotional strategy that includes participation in international fairs such as those of Madrid (Spain) and Helsinki (Finland).

In Madrid, Cuba focused on Santiago de Cuba and Remedios, which are celebrating their 500th anniversary, and Jardines del Rey, where the 35th International Tourism Fair (FITCUBA) will be held.

The Cuban delegation provided information about several emblematic destinations such as Havana, Varadero, Trinidad, the keys north of Villa Clara, Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo and Holguín.

In Helsinki, Cuba participated in an event called MATKA, where many participants are interested in Cuba's tourist options.

Cuba received three million foreign tourists in 2014 and there are prospects to exceed that number this year, so there is a need to attract other segments.

It is precisely in that scenario where nature tourism gains ground due to Cuba's natural diversity that includes both mountains and plains.

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