Practicing ecotourism in Cuba

View over the Vinales Valley Romtomtom/Flickr

View over the Vinales Valley ©Romtomtom/Flickr

The breathtaking natural attractions and the level of conservation of the protected areas make this spectacular country the Caribbean’s best ecotourism destination. If you are a nature-lover interested in practicing ecotourism in Cuba, this is the right source of information for you. This gorgeous country is home to over 260 protected areas of which six were designated as UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, not to mention the wonderful natural World Heritage Sites.

Pinar del Rio Province occupies the first place in terms of the number of the protected areas. Other destinations for practicing ecotourism are Baracao and the Peninsula de Zapata. In addition, Cuba offers numerous activities for ecotourists such as hiking, spelunking, cycling, nature observation, cave diving and photo tourism.

Pinar del Rio

As I already mentioned it, Pinar del Rio Province occupies the first place in terms of the number of the protected areas. There are two biosphere reserves, one national park and six protected natural wonders in the province. The two biosphere reserves are the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve and the Península de Guanahacabibes Biosphere Reserve. The first one offers its visitors guided hikes through the amazing tropical forests and both of the reserves offer opportunities for practicing nature observation and photo tourism. The only national park of Pinar del Rio is the Viñales Valley National Park. This UNESCO World Cultural and Landscape Site is extremely popular among visitors. The level of nature conservation is astonishing. Visitors can practice hiking, spelunking, nature observation and photo tourism here. Other protected areas are Las Terrazas and Soroa which also offer great possibilities for practicing ecotourism.

View over the Vinales Valley Romtomtom/Flickr

View over the Vinales Valley ©Romtomtom/Flickr

Baracoa

Baracoa includes one biosphere reserve, one national park and six protected areas. The biosphere reserve of Baracoa is Cuchillas de Toa, while its national park is the Alejandro de Humboldt National Park. The national park was designated a UNESCO site and it is situated actually in the centre of the Cuchillas del Toa Biosphere Reserve. If you love virgin nature, this site is a must-visit for you! The other protected areas are El Yunque, Rio Toa, the Cave of Waters, the Cactus Garden and so on. As you can see, Baracoa is a major destination for practicing ecotourism.

El Yunque in the background Paul Keller/Flickr

El Yunque in the background ©Paul Keller/Flickr

Peninsula de Zapata

The third destination for ecotourists is the Peninsula de Zapata. The Ciénaga de Zapata Biosphere Reserve is the only biosphere reserve on the Peninsula de Zapata. There is a natural park on the peninsula, the Gran Parque Natural Montemar. Other protected areas are the Laguna del Tesoro and the Criadero de Cocodrilos.

Cienaga de Zapata birds Marco Zanferrari/Flickr

Cienaga de Zapata birds ©Marco Zanferrari/Flickr

 

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