Matanzas - Yumuri
Price (2014): Adult 49 CUC / Child 37 CUC
First stop is the Rio Canimar Natural Park for a 30-minutes boat ride where you can admire the rich flora and fauna of the riversides. You will then enjoy a guided tour of Matanzas (aka the City of bridges) to discover some of its landmarks, such as: The Pharmaceutical Museum (a French drugstore from 1882), Parque de la Libertad, a church, and the Monserrate Heights from which you can enjoy views of the beautiful Yumuri Valley and also the Bay of Matanzas.
Next on the program is Rancho Gaviota, a ranch where you will enjoy a welcome cocktail, a typical Cuban lunch, a visit of a countryside house, a guided tour of a breeding farm and its plantation and some free time for horseback riding, swiming or boating on the lake, or relax.
Last stop: Las Cuevas de Bellamar (Bellamar Caves) which are the longest and deepest natural caves in Cuba with impressive halls and galleries are filled with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites, krastic crystals, fountains, crystallized domes and some other unique limestone formations. The explored area is 3 km long and the area open to visitors is about 1 km long. The entrance of the cave goes down many steps (man-made) and the rest of the visit is on a fairly flat path, the cave is humid and warm, so good walking shoes and light clothing are suggested.
Inclusions: Tour guide, transportation in air-conditioned bus, 1 cocktail and lunch, admission fee to the caves.
Departure: 7:30-8:00 am(may vary depending on hotel and tour operator)
Return: 5:30-6:00 pm (may vary depending on hotel and tour operator)
Suggestions on what to wear and bring:
• Comfortable shoes (adequate for slippery conditions)
• Comfortable clothes (adequate for warm and humid conditions)
• Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
• Camera (there’s an extra fee of 5 CUC to use you camera inside the cave)
• Bottled water
• Cash in small denominations for souvenirs, drinks, tips