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Cuban attraction
Beaches and natural attractions
Hiking
Eco-tourism

Declared a world preserved biosphere in 1987, it is one of the largest natural reserves in Cuba with more than 50 000 hectares. The area has a natural isolation created by the combination of huge silica sand plains and the largest lakeside of Cuba with more than 100 small lakes.

This natural park is inhabited by more than 170 species of birds (11 of them endemic), 700 species of plants, 19 amphibian species, 35 species of reptiles, and several species of mammals. On summer, this is the only area in the main island in Cuba, where green turtles come to the shore to lay their eggs.

Guanahacabibes has also an important population of different marine species who live in its big and preserved coral reefs outside of its coastline.
 The well preserved environment on the area has a wide variety of landscapes with a rich flora diversity that captures the attention of the plants lovers.

The park has also an important archaeological value with more than 100 important sites related to the original inhabitant of this area, the Guanahatabeyes, before the Spanish colonization. 

With almost no settlements, this area has the most untouched natural environment in Cuba, a paradise for eco-travellers, conservationists, divers and bird watchers.  But be aware that strict rules prohibit to hike without an official guide.

It is important to bring with you

  • Water
  • Sun protection cream
  • Food
  • Insect repellent

And remember that there are not gas stations on the area.

For hiking activities

There are three official trails for hiking in the area and we recommend asking at the Estacion Ecologica de Guanahacabibes more detailed information about them.

The three official trails are Las Perlas Cave, Forest Facing the Sea and "Guanahacabibes before Columbus, which visiting different spots try to give you the best view of the flora and fauna richness as well as the natural beauty of this wild area.

Other trails like La Majagua and Hoyo del Palmar are under development process.

At the Estacion Ecologica de Guanahacabibes you can also ask about excursions to Cabo de San Antonio the westernmost point in Cuba, as well as excursions to the few local communities on the area.

Location: 
Westernmost area of Pinar del Rio Province. 94 km Southwest from Pinar del Rio city. Two hours drive from Pinar del Rio city.
Getting there and moving around: 

Renting a car is the only way to travel to and along the park. Any type of car can be used, but if you have the possibility, choose a 4 WD vehicle.

You can also rent a car al Maria La Gorda Hotel for approximately 70 CUC.

To enter the park you have to first drive to Estacion Ecologica de Guanahacabibes, in La Bajada and there arrange an official guide for a 5 hours tour to the park.

Admission and other fees: 

No admission fee to the park.
Fee for 5 hours guided tour: 10 CUC per person.

In Discovering Cuba?: 
It's not a relevant attraction
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