The Cueva de los Peces, in the Ciénaga de Zapata, is an impressive natural pool over 70 meters deep
In western Cuba, an essential element is the Zapata Peninsula, in the territory of the Matanzas province.
This area is considered by experts as one of the largest wetlands in the insular Caribbean, with some five thousand square kilometers of forests, swamps, lagoons and clear water channels.
The richness of the flora, with more than 900 species of native plants – of which 115 are endemic to Cuba, is complemented by the existence of up to 160 varieties of birds, 12 of mammals, amphibians and reptiles, especially the Cuban crocodile.
Blue-water beaches, exotic forests, rivers, lakes, flooded caverns, natural pools, virgin areas and typical swamp savannahs come together to provide refuge for 30 percent of the native fauna of the largest of the Antilles.
The Cave unites a lagoon to enjoy
Precisely as part of the attractions of this area in southern Matanzas, located on the road that leads to Playa Girón, the Cueva de los Peces is an impressive natural pool of clear crystal with more than 70 meters of depth that communicates with the sea through an underground tunnel.
The famous cave is a cenote, a flooded cave whose roof collapsed hundreds of years ago, giving rise to a small, deep lagoon where you can snorkel, enjoy cave diving with oxygen tanks, and appreciate the beauty of the cave and the colorful tropical fish.
Medical equipment and hyperbaric chambers are guaranteed in the area.
In this beautiful place there is a varied offer that includes a rustic ranchón where varied dishes are offered, including seafood and crocodile meat.