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Cuba: The Legacy of Nature

Cuba's potential to develop nature tourism, including regions that have been barely touched by people, is an essential element in the path to diversification being taken by the tourism industry.

In that regard, with a history of more than five decades, the Boca-Guama tourist complex benefits from its privileged location in Cienaga de Zapata (Zapata Swamp), the largest wetland in the insular Caribbean region.

Located in Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lagoon), which covers 16 square kilometers and is eight meters deep, the complex consists of 13 artificial islets and sculptures created by the Cuban artist Rita Longa to represent the live of the aboriginal population at the Taino Village.

Sixteen boats carry about 900 tourists a day to and from the village, where they can enjoy the region's natural and cultural values.

In addition, the resort has an infrastructure that can accommodate up to 80 guests in 44 rooms in cabins on pillars on the water.

There is a crocodile breeding farm in the complex to develop the species known as Crocodylus rhombifer, which is exclusive to Cuba and whose main habitat is the Zapata Swamp.

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The region, located in western Matanzas province, has 5,000 kilometers of forests, swamps, lagoons and channels of crystal-clear water.

The rich local flora, with more than 900 species of native plants, including 115 endemic species, is complemented by up to 160 species of birds and 12 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles, especially crocodiles.

The Zapata Swamp is a major tourist destination in Cuba, with programs that combine tourist options with nature, ecotourism and adventures.

Due to its unique natural values, it offers options of great interest that include ecological trails, bird watching, cave diving, excursions, nautical sports and other choices that allow vacationers to watch the local flora and fauna.

In the region's hotel infrastructure stands out the Playa Giron Hotel, which offers guests all-inclusive tourist packages with national food and beverages.

The trails La Salina and Santo Tomás are highly demanded by nature enthusiasts interested in watching birds, both migratory and endemic species.

Cuba's typical cuisine, including seafood, is the main course at Caleta Buena, where pirates and corsairs landed many years ago, and water is crystal clear with several species of fish.

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