Explore the most beautiful caves in Cuba
The spectacular tourist destination, the country of Cuba is famous not only for its cultural heritage, but also for its wonderful natural attractions. From mountain ranges to waterfalls, from beaches to fantastic islands and from national parks to caves, Cuba has it all! In some of the previous articles I have already presented the national parks, some of the islands and the best beaches of the country. The following article will present the most beautiful caves of Cuba which are undoubtedly fantastic tourist attractions. Smaller or bigger, but all are attractive and breathtaking. These caves also include gorgeous features, such as stalactites, stalagmites, natural pools or archeological finds.
Cuevas de Bellamar
The fantastic caves are considered some of the oldest tourist attractions of the country. These breathtaking caves are around 300.000 years old and can be found about 5 km from Matanzas. The total length of the caves is around 2.500 m. The Bellamar Caves are still very attractive and popular among tourists. They include a pool and an underground stream. Although, the main highlights of the caves are the outstanding stalactites and stalagmites. Another fantastic feature of it is the “Fountain of Youth” along with the “Fountain of Love” at which visitors are encouraged to drink of the waters. There is also a visitor centre nearby the entrance of the caves.
Cueva del Indio
Another spectacular cave is named the Cuevas del Indio (the Cave of the Indian) which can be found in the northern part of the Viñales Valley, about 8 km far of it. The beautiful cave is considered to be Cuba’s largest cave system. It was named after the bones of Indians which can be found inside the cave. Besides the remains, there are pictograms which confirm that the cave was used as a shelter to Guanajatebey Amerindians. The total length of the cave system is about 4.500 m. Some of the caves were turned into cafeterias and museums, making the Cueva del Indio even more attractive.
Cueva de Jose Michel
Situated in the province of Pinar del Rio, the gorgeous caves attract a large number of visitors. It is famous for being shelter for many people in the past, such as slaves or revolutionaries. For Amerindians the caves meant something else, serving as a burial place. Today, the caves house a fantastic restaurant where visitors can have delicious Cuban meals.
Cueva Santo Tomas
Considered Latin America’s third largest cave, the Santo Tomas Caves are very popular among visitors. There are guided tours inside the cave. This natural wonder can be found in the Viñales Valley. The Great Cavern of Santo Tomas is breathtaking, being very attractive to visitors. Tourists arrive here from all over the world, the caves being worldwide famous.