This daily ‘safari’ tour has been offered from Varadero for years and it’s the rare afternoon you don’t see a caravan of Jeeps returning from a day’s exploration of hidden gems.
Your expedition begins with a bus pick-up at your hotel, from where you’ll be whisked to the departure point. After climbing into the Jeep and taking the wheel, you’ll cover an adventurous route of more than 150km over embankments and dirt roads, passing through quarries, palm groves and rural villages. A snorkeling stop is made at Playa Coral (equipment included), followed by swimming in the Saturn Cave.
The safari continues towards the Valle de Yumurí, a 9666-hectare nature reserve, abounding in endemic flora and fauna. It’s an enchanting landscape, peppered with emblematic Royal Palms – Cuba’s national tree.
Your valley stop is hosted at the Rancho Gaviota, beginning with a welcome cocktail. The guided tour around the cultivated fields and animal breeding areas includes a visit to a farmhouse. Here, a typical Cuban lunch is served; afterwards, you can enjoy nautical activities on the lake or explore the valley on horseback.
In the afternoon, you’re introduced to Matanzas city, known as the “City of Bridges”. Excellent views are guaranteed from the Monserrate Heights.
Last but certainly not least is a 30-minute boat trip through the Río Canímar river valley, distinguished by soaring cliffs covered in lush vegetation and thickets of mangroves.
Varadero, Valle de Yumuri, Matanzas city
DurationAll day long
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