Cueva Musulmanes (Muslims Cave)
Address: Punta Hicacos, Varadero, Matanzas, Cuba
Phone: (53 45) 66 8018 (Reserva Ecologica Varahicacos)
Opening hours: From 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, Daily
Located inside the Reserva Ecologica Varahicacos (Preserve) (Varahicacos Ecological Preserve), the Cueva de Musulmanes is a small cave where fossils were found, it’s also famous for its ceremonial relevance in the Siboney Indians culture. Research shows that the skeleton belonged to a man between 25 and 35 years old, and is dated between 500 BC to early 500 AD. The speleologists also found the remains of a mealunus-rodes, a prehistoric mammal considered to be the ancestor of the jutia (kind of guinea pig).
In the mid-nineteenth century the cave has been used as a hideout by Cuban smugglers who called themselves “Musulmanes”, because of its elevated position to watch both coasts of the peninsula. The visit of Cueva Musulmanes is part of the path of a marked trail where one can also enjoy the flora and fauna of the region.
Admission: 5 CUC