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Peninsula de Zapata National Park

#185 of 564 things to do in Cuba
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Cuba’s largest ecosystem encompasses both swamp and beach.

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Quiet Beach and National Birds

Visited the swamp in the dry season and went bird watching with a local guide who was very knowledgeable and informative. It was great to see so many different species and most of... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Northampton, United Kingdom
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visited the swamp in the dry season and went bird watching with a local guide who was very knowledgeable and informative. It was great to see so many different species and most of them indigenous to Cuba. The local beach was small and quiet, so for us a great place to stay.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited several areas of Zapata and were a bit disappointed with the numbers of birds visible. There were some around and we had to use call recordings to see some of them. The wet areas did not have that many birds either, it seems that possibly shooting had limited the numbers visiting. Saw several groups of well equipped Bird watchers... More 

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Newnan, Georgia
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

You will likely need a guide unless you really know your birds and how to find them. I was on a tour and we went out early fro three days and then again in the afternoon. This is the second time I have done this and enjoyed it very much. There are plenty of trails that the guides know about... More 

2 Thank Kim B
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Reviewed 6 May 2016

This is a pristine preserved filled with flora, fauna, birds and more. A guide must be used and we saw on a tour for our family. Definitely a piece of Cuba if not the world that is untouched.

3 Thank shozgirl
Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 February 2016

An excellent guided walk in the forest where our expert pointed out many local species. The birds were attracted by pre-recorded calls played by the guide. Also saw bats, boa constrictor, owls, crabs and lizards.

3 Thank NSWD
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Reviewed 4 November 2015 via mobile

Splendid boat ride across the lagoon to "Guama". There you have a native Indian village replica, a wooden walkway and bridges that take you along the lagoon to admired the huts and habitat. A great place for bird watching.

Thank Yermis
Port of Spain, Trinidad
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Reviewed 31 October 2015

We did a day tour in the Zapata National Park. It was fantastic. We saw a variety of birds, trees and flowers. Make sure you have mosquito repellent. We stayed at a lovely Casa in Playa Larga, so access was easy.

4 Thank Tobagomagik
Pennington, New Jersey
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Reviewed 11 July 2015

During our journey through Cuba, my wife and I spent a brief time at this National Park. This is a great place to snorkel and scuba in the Caribbean and observe a lot of beautiful fish and birds. Across from the Caribbean, there is a short walk through a wooded area to a lovely watering hole that also contain lots... More 

3 Thank jonahNJ
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Reviewed 25 June 2015

Zapata Swamp, or in Spanish Cienaga de Zapata, is one of the most extensive remnants of coastal Caribbean biodiversity left in the region. Now a prized National Park for Cuba, and proposed World Heritage Site, this area covering more than 2300 square miles encompasses swap prairies, forests, blue-water beaches, rivers, lakes, flooded caverns and ponds. I learned from our guide... More 

14 Thank XplorMor
Comox, Canada
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Reviewed 5 June 2015

We spent 3 days in the sleepy fishing village of Playa Larga. The highlight of our visit was a guided bird watching tour of the Park Reserve.

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