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There is plenty for ecotourists to see in this lush, well-protected region. Discover “Treasure Lake,” observe rare crocodiles at a protective breeding reserve, and explore all that the vast wetlands within this UNESCO-recognized biosphere have to offer.


Zapata Ciénaga Biosphere Reserve

Zapata Ciénaga Biosphere Reserve

One of Cuba's six UNESCO biospheres, the Zapata reserve contains the largest wetlands in the Caribbean, and one of its most diverse ecosystems. Bring your binoculars: the world's smallest bird, the bee hummingbird, makes its home here.

National Parks

Gran Parque Natural Montemar

The Zapata Peninsula Biosphere reserve was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2001. It contains the largest wetlands in the Caribbean. Here you will see flamingos, manatee, crocodiles and the world’s smallest bird, the bee hummingbird, thriving in their natural habitat.


Criadero de Cocodrilos

Criadero de Cocodrilos

Established in 1962, this crocodile breeding farm has successfully saved two endangered species of crocodiles from extinction.

Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake)

Laguna del Tesoro

Head down a 5-km canal to reach this scenic lagoon located east of Boca de Guamá. A lifelike recreation of a Taíno village spans across several small islands.