Cuba, world known as the Pearl of the Americas, is distinguished as paradisiacal island full of unique natural surroundings, leaving a lovely impression in the memory of those who visit her along with a feeling of soon returning. Pinar del Río is one of those provinces highlighted for tourists, also known as “Cuba´s Garden”. On its borders you may find two of the 4 UNESCO´s Biosphere World Reserve in Cuba: Sierra del Rosario, and Guanahacabibes peninsula. With an area of 10 931,5 Km2 it was baptized as Nueva Filipinas and 4 years later as Pinar del Río. The best tobacco in the world is cultivated in this province providing over the 70% of the raw materials for the famous exported Cuban cigars. Distinguishing San Juan y Martínez and San Luis as the most prolific regions.
Diving is also spectacular at Corrientes cove. For those who love the underwater world, Guanahacabibes peninsula offers facilities at María La Gorda International Diving Center. And Cayo Levisa, a small island on the north of the province invites to enjoy unexplored landscapes with crystal waters. See more pictures of Guanacahavives.
Guanahacabibes – National Park
A true treasure for those people interested in ecotourism due to its archaeological wealth, flora and fauna. Nature tourism is based in a National Park with over 50 000 hectares where visitors can find up to 172 species of birds, of 42 families; 11 endemic and 84 migrants. It also has inhospitable coasts starting at Remates swamp and ending at Cabo San Antonio, stretching up from 34 km to form the alligators´ tail shape Cuba is also known.
This offer for those eco-tour lovers includes trekking to: “Cueva las Perlas”, “Bosque al Mar” and excursions to Cabo San Antonio and local communities on the zone. Guanahacabibes also has around 150 archaeological sites, 40 of those recently located, where pictographic findings, stone tools and ceramics were reported. These pieces reveal the presence of little known aborigine settlements with a certain socioeconomic and cultural evolution, due to the very few findings in the area. With a huge variety of attractions, the western territory of Cuba is on its way of strengthening its position to turn into a leader on nature tourism with its multiple choices.
According to recent studies lead by specialized organizations, they reported a potential of 19 beaches, 7 of which will be selected for lodge constructions with over 1500 rooms.
Taking into consideration the numerous ships sailing near the peninsula it is obvious this zone will turn, very soon, into a necessary destination for those who love diving and navigating.
Tobacco is an American continent endemic plant. When America was discovered, Cuban aborigines were already cultivating this plant, which they called Cohíba and thou it seems that tobacco is an endemic Cuban plant, it cannot be found spontaneously anywhere in the country. According to Christopher Columbus records, aborigines of the Caribbean smoked tobacco using a pipe-shaped cane called Tobago, where the plant took its name.
Traditionally, tobacco has been the second agricultural line of great importance in the country.
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