Matanzas City and Bellamar Caves Tour

Just 20 miles west of Varadero, Matanzas is a vibrant city nicknamed both the "Venice of Cuba", due to its 17 bridges, and the "Athens of Cuba", because of its rich cultural and artistic heritage. Nearby, you will find the Bellamar Caves, a breathtaking underground system of stunning natural beauty. Formed over 300,000 years ago, visitors can admire their unique and fascinating geology.

A trip to the "City of Bridges" would not be complete without a visit to the amazing Bellamar Caves

Discover the real Cuba in Matanzas. Matanzas has a long history and boasts many distinctive characteristics including beautiful neoclassical architecture. Visitors can wander along charming streets, sample delights from local food sellers at the market, and enjoy a tour of the Museo Farmaceutico (Pharmaceutical Museum), where you are taken back in time by a friendly and knowledgeable guide.

Explore the Afro-Cuban folklore that has helped shape this picturesque city, or simply relax and watch the world go by from a seat in the Parque de la Libertad.

This excursion to Matanzas also features a tour of the captivating Bellamar Caves. Discovered in 1861, this magical world out of the reach of the Caribbean sunshine is adorned with stalagmites and stalactites. The expedition leads you through the narrow tunnels and wide, echoing caverns of the two-kilometre cave formation.

Whether you have a previous interest in geology or simply appreciate natural beauty, the caves, with their crystallised formations, are guaranteed to fascinate. They are lit up to create an atmosphere that shows the caverns at their most alluring. Visitors have the option to take a sip from the natural "Fountain of Youth" and "Fountain of Love" - which will you choose? You'll find the tour guide to be an expert on the caves, and they will be able to help you identify the "Grated Coconut Gallery" and explain the processes of such a remarkable phenomenon.

On re-emerging into the welcoming sunshine, you can enjoy a drink in the nearby cafe, or pick up a souvenir in the shops. If you love impressive sights that are the exclusive work of Mother Nature, this excursion is not to be missed.

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