Covering 496 hectares of tumbling hills and forest along Cuba’s Southeastern coast, BioParque Rocazul is a vast national park that’s home to over 115 different species of plants and a wide variety of wildlife. The park can be found just off the main road that joins Playa Turquesa with Pesquero’s other popular resorts, making it easy to plan a day here. And you’ll need a whole day given the myriad outdoor activities you can get stuck into.
For $16CUC an hour, you can go horse riding along the park’s sweeping coastal trails. En route, you’ll come across an abundance of fruits and plants – from ripe mangos, bananas and guava to plantain, sugar cane and coffee. You can also head out on a walking trail for one, two, or three hours with the price working out at CUC$8/10/12 respectively.
Then there’s the option of booking yourself on the excellent reef fishing tour for $29 CUC. Your boat will take you out to the reef and anything you catch can be taken back to a nearby restaurant where it’ll be cooked up for you to eat as part of a local meal. The lagoon that feeds into the ocean is also a fascinating area to spot local birdlife and the holes of nesting birds can be seen along the banks.
If you fancy the sound of all the activities on offer, you can always opt for the all-inclusive day package, which works out at $40CUC.
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All visitors to the park are accompanied by an English speaking Government guide who are highly knowledgeable and provide fascinating information about the park and the variety of fauna and flora you’re likely to encounter, while answering any questions you might have as you go.
During the day, a stop at Casa de Compay Kike is also highly recommended. This working farm serves up Cuban food and coffee in a shaded outdoor restaurant. If you’ve got the nerve, you can even have a go at Cuban rodeo. Maybe one to try before you’ve had lunch!
With its range of coastal hikes, scenic horseback rides and relaxing fishing trips, BioParque Rocazul offers the chance for a true adventure in one of Cuba’s most stunning national parks, allowing you to explore its natural beauty at your own pace and leisure.
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