National Park Caguanes

Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 02/09/2018 - 04:50

The National Park Caguanes on the northern coast of Cuba contains marine areas, keys, mangrove swamps, caves and caverns, with a wealth of well-preserved natural attractions. Its cave system has about 11,500 meters of underground galleries in more than 80 caves and caverns, which contain the largest expressions of rupestrian art of the first settlers in central Cuba.

The fauna of the park contains more than 120 species of birds, like flamingos or pelicans. All caves inhabit 19 different species of bats, including the second smallest species of the world, the “Gervais’ funnel-eared bat”. It is found exclusively in Cuba and the Bahamas.

In the year 2000 the UNESCO declared the Buenavista Biosphere Reserve with the National Park Caguanes as one of 11 core areas. The National Park Caguanes is a popular spot for cave exploration, and guided hikes take you into two of the larger caves with majestic formations of different types of stalactites and stalagmites. But, do not attempt to explore the caves on your own, as there are 80 known caves in the park and some of them go deep underground. You also don’t want to disturb the masses of bats that call some of these caves their home.

The National Park Caguanes is also considered as archeological heritage site because of the presence of 29 prehistoric pictographs in 18 caves with an age between 2.000 and 6.000 years. The most impressive pictographs are found in the Ramos cave.

We organize day trips to visit the National Park Caguanes and with guided tours to two caves. If you want to get more informations about the excursions you may download our flyer.