In La Cienaga de Zapata happens as, when you go to sea, that time slows down and things lose their relative importance.
Nostalgic people the same as neophytes will feel astonished in the face of this sociocultural and alive “fossil” because of the pace of life and the deep spirit of old Cuban days.
You’ll find this breathtaking place in the district less populated and wider in Cuba. Its people with their natural kindness will truly and tenderly welcome you.
In the past old days this ground was worked by people coming from Iberian Europe. They hardly could survive getting coal or fishing whatever in the sea. The mangrove swamps were extremely poor and miserable. Those days the only connection with the surrounding world was the passage through the canals to Batabano in rudimentary crafts. Gilberto Girón, the Englishman and Diego Pérez sheltered themselves on the coast. Stimulating all sort of stories about Corsican people and Caribbean pirates.
So the desire of knowing and occupying La Cienaga de Zapata will rise into you. At the end we can admire it width the eyes of ecology, of a brighten nature, of a remote place. And it is a great value nowadays to have the opportunity of enjoying this paradise.
The National Park La Cienaga de Zapata is the biggest wetland in the insular Caribe with more than 300 thousand hectares. It’s got particularities for diving lovers life night immersions and cave diving.
Therefore, there are incomparable places like Guamá, La laguna del Tesoro, the Boca’s crocodile breading place, migratory bird corridors and paths. All of them kept almost virgin with the most complex carstic system in Cuba.
La Cienaga de Zapata is a real Paradise, placebirth of the Manjuarí (a fossil fish): symbol of Cuba. It is also the place where the colibri bird, the manatee, crocodiles and Cuban parrots have their habitat.
Turquoise beaches, exotic forests, natural pools, caves and savannahs provide shelter to the 30% native fauna.
Hundreds of bird species live freely in La Cienaga de Zapata, 18 of them are endemic. So it is one of the richest zones for nature lovers.
Another key player would be the local cuisine, quintessential freshing fish. It brings alligators and other animals from the swamp to the table.
Those who spend the night in houses and private hostels give evidence of this especial feature.
These hostels like “El Legendario” increasingly popular offer you the possibility of smoking the best Cuban tobacco, having a drink and talking to Arnoldo and Ivette, will become a trip through time and heart.
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