Whether you seek adventure or want to get back to nature, you will have a memorable holiday in a peaceful, timeless location at Horizontes Guama hotel.
Horizontes Guama is a unique complex in the midst of Zapata National Park’s Treasure Lake, set around six small islands. Most buildings are on stilted huts above the water which is surrounded by a forest teeming with wildlife. Though only a 2-star complex, there is an element of James Bond-like adventure to the whole place; from arriving in your own speedboat to the nearby attraction of the crocodile farm.
Guama is especially suited to nature lovers & a paradise for bird-watchers in particular with organised tours by boat & land. There is also daytime & evening entertainment available, though many guests come just for the tranquillity. Facilities include a swimming pool & boat hire, while Guama hotel has two bars & a restaurant serving excellent food including lobster, crab & crocodile, though it can be a little expensive with limited choice.
The location is probably better suited to shorter stays, with mosquito repellent a must, but Horizontes Guama is a unique, picturesque complex which is highly recommended for bird & nature enthusiasts, as well as anyone with a sense of adventure.
Parque Nacional Ciénaga de Zapata covers 628,171 hectares. is the main wetland in Cuba, as well as the largest (and well-preserved) of the Caribbean Islands. The Zapata Peninsula biosphere is a huge natural reserve for all manner of wildlife including local and migratory birds, lizards, crocodiles and rock crabs.
Zapata Biosphere Reserve shows a great diversity of ecosystems such as grasslands; mangrove, Ciénaga, semi-deciduous, evergreen coastal and sub-coastal forests; coastal and sub-coastal matorral and coral reefs with principal coral species and coastal lagoons. The area also supports the main populations of the Cuban crocodile (Cocodrilus rhombifer) and American crocodile (C. acutus) and birds as the great flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber). Some 9,000 (2001) people, mostly of Spanish origin, live permanently in one of the largest biosphere reserves in Cuba. Economic activities are mainly silviculture, fisheries, community agriculture, tourism, handicraft and apiculture.
At La Boca you can see crocodiles and take a boat to the picturesque Guama, a group of tiny islands connected by wooden bridges. The area is also home to one of the largest underground cave and lake systems in Latin America.
Continuing 13km south from La Boca de Guama you reach the famous Bay of Pigs at Playa Larga. US-backed exiles tried to invade Cuba through this bay on April 17, 1961. The main museum dedicated to these events is at Playa Giron, which is 35km father south. The little village of Playa Larga makes a good base for visiting the adjacent nature reserves in Gran Parque Natural Montemar.
Fishermen can partake in bonefishing at Las Salinas, and for tarpon and snook there is Rio Hatiguanico.
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