Varahicacos Ecological Reserve

Varahicacos Ecological Reserve

Varahicacos Ecological Reserve
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Severclan
Cambridge, UK73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We spent a lovely couple of hours exploring the reserve. As nature lovers and hikers it was an easy walk and there were lots of different lizards and birds to see. We visited in the morning before it got too hot and only saw one other couple during our visit. This meant we had the trail and caves to ourselves and could stop often to observe and listen. We saw lots of things as a result.
In the two main caves we saw different species of bats but you need to be aware that the cave entrances are low and require some crawling /crouching to get in. Not sure the discarded bones were necessary for the burial ground though…seemed a bit of a gimmick.
You get a small trail map with information which added to the walk.
Other reviews mention the path and neglect; I would advise trainers as the trail is narrow and rocky in parts (like sharp coral) which would be uncomfortable in sandals or flip flops. Also, there are some low level (small) branches and stems overhead that mean you often have to either move them or duck down. Wear bug repellent as there are some boggy bits near the end and you are brushing past vegetation throughout.
We thought it was definitely worth the money if you are lucky enough to visit at a quiet time- would not be as enjoyable with lots of visitors.
Written May 10, 2024
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Kenny T
Grande Prairie, Canada50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is a nice little hike. It's very inexpensive and worth a little detour. The trail pops you out in a different place to where you started and it is a very short walk from Cueve de Ambrosia (the bat cave) so you can do both at the same time. There is some cool rock formations and some caves.
Written February 24, 2024
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GMSimba
Cambridge, OH42 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This site could be a gem for active nature lovers. There is so much to see and experience by way natural plants, trees, birds and landscape. Unfortunately, like so many Cuban treasures, it lacks marketing and investment. The trail is unnecessarily challenged by inadequate maintenance and inadequate hospitality.
Written January 14, 2024
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SunshineGirl
London, UK2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
After reading the reviews my son was excited to visit this ecological site, however we were very disappointed.

The path was very uneven and the foliage very overgrown so you had to keep ducking and diving to follow the path ( not ideal when you are 5ft 8 and 6ft plus!) The numbers of the sites were not always clear and it could have been easy to take a wrong path although there was some signage with arrows.

The entrance to the cave is tiny so not for the faint hearted.

We ended up rushing through the entire trail as there were so many mosquitoes and we got heavily bitten despite wearing repellent.

We saw no birds, just a few lizards, butterflies a snake and a million mosquitos.

I would not recommend this at all!!
Written July 15, 2023
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Magenta56
Cheshire,England224 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We walked to the Eco reserve in 15 minutes from our hotel the Royalton Hicacos. The entrance was $5 each. We were given a map of the "Muslims Trail" which had points of interest which were marked with a corresponding number, all in English. I found it informative and probably wouldn't have noticed things with out the numbers. We enjoyed seeing the bats in the caves. It was all very dry and brown when we were there in March, apparently there has been no rain since October. I would have liked to have seen the reserve in a greener month but enjoyed the trip. You need good soled shoes though.
Written March 29, 2023
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Dave&Mel C
Ottawa, Canada22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
My husband and I really enjoyed this nature walk. It was accessible to us using the HOHO bus. The entrance fee was $5 each.
They give you a paper guide explaining the stops on this self guided tour. The trail was clean and moderately easy to walk. The features pointed out on the guide were very interesting including a small bat cave, an old burial site as well as many different native plants. The cactus plants and air plants were incredible.
Written March 19, 2023
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eastcoasthiker
Conception Bay South, Canada50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
We were pleasantly surprised by our walk through this reserve. We weren’t sure of what to expect, and only went around the first loop. Now I am looking at other people’s pictures, and I wish we had kept going! We liked the written notes that accompanied each story, and were amazed by the hollowed or terrain and the termite nests. There were no flies when we walked, so that made it comfortable and relaxing.
Written February 19, 2023
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Susan Foy
Leigh, UK36 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Arrived by Hop on Hop off bus .
Charge was 5 $ each which I think was a little expensive .We are keen bird watchers and hoped to see some interesting birds , but only saw a couple.There is a trail to follow but it is not suitable for disabled or less nibble people as there are many holes and tree roots .You wander through jungle like terrain to caves and a lagoon .
It made an interesting diversion from sitting by the beach or pool .
Written February 5, 2023
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Hutchinson2022
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We bike rode from our hotel, Muthu Playa our entertainment crew came with us. Watched our bikes while we were in the cave. Lots of Bats was very hot but fun and was not very long. Worth $5 Cdn each - $700/800 pesos for tourist
Written November 13, 2022
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littledragon911
Toronto, Canada137 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
$5 Can to get in. Kids were free. The cave was O.K. but the Cenotes were a joke. Got eaten alive by the mosquitoes. Not worth it. Just something to see once and never again.
Written March 19, 2022
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