Alejandro de Humboldt National Park is a terrestrial paradise for ecotourism lovers.
Classified as a Unesco World Heritage Site since 2001, it invites visitors to discover its biodiversity treasures.
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The Alejandro de Humboldt National Park in a few words
The Alejandro de Humboldt National Park is located in the Oriente, in the provinces of Holguín and Guantánamo.
Located in the Cuchillas del Toa Biosphere Reserve, the park overlooks the Bahía de Taco.
It is named after the German scientist Alexander Von Humboldt, who visited Cuba in 1800 and 1801.
During one year, he studied the numerous animal and plant species of the island.
Today, biologists are still working in the park to continue the work started by Humboldt more than two centuries ago.
The Alejandro de Humboldt National Park is the wettest area in Cuba.
It has an incredible variety of landscapes: agricultural lands, primary forest, lagoons, mangrove swamps, a whole network of caves, waterfalls, rivers and streams.
Indeed, the park contains the most diverse flora in the Caribbean, including many endemic species
Getting to Alejandro de Humbolt National Park
Alejandro de Humboldt National Park is located 40 km northwest of Baracoa (about 1 hour drive).
It is possible to get there by cab.
Count on 40 CUC for the round trip during the day (the cab will be waiting for you while you visit the park).
The Cubatur and Gaviota de Baracoa agencies also offer a day trip for 24 CUC per person.
In addition, you will have to pay an entrance fee at the visitors’ center to access the park.
This fee ranges from 5 to 10 CUC (free for children) depending on the hike you choose to take and includes the services of a guide.
All visitors must be accompanied by a guide (most of them are from the local communities).
Visit the Alejandro de Humboldt National Park
The Alejandro de Humboldt Park offers four hiking trails of different lengths that allow you to discover the incredible natural diversity of the park.
The El Recreo trail, 2 kilometers long, allows you to walk around the bay.
Another trail of the same length also allows you to discover beautiful panoramas of the park and leads to the small waterfall of El Copal
A longer trail, the Balcón de Iberia (7 km), crosses a greater diversity of landscapes and allows you to admire the Salto de Agua Maya waterfall.
A fourth hike, which lasts about 8 hours, offers the possibility of making a beautiful incursion into the primary forest to discover the fauna and endemic flora of the Alejandro de Humboldt Park
You can also take a motorboat tour of the mangrove swamp, ending with a by a 2 kilometer walk.
The luckiest ones will even be able to observe manatees.
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