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Varadero beaches and Bellamar caves

by Jorge Sanchez - 6 months, 3 weeks ago

It was the year 1984. In those times you were not allowed to visit Cuba on your own, that is why I had to join a group of Mexican tourists and I flew with them from Mérida (in Yucatán peninsula) to La Habana. At the airport, a guide, Raúl, was waiting for us to take us to our hotels in downtown and every day he would accompany us to the programmed excursions, that is old La Habana with Bodeguita del Medio, fortresses like the Castillo Tres Reyes Magos del Morro, etc., and one of the evenings we all assisted to the wonderful show Tropicana.

But we also had included in the tour several excursions outside of La Habana, being the most interesting the one when we were taken to Varadero beaches and then, in the afternoon, we visited near the city of Matanzas (at 100 kilometers distance from La Habana) some spectacular grottoes called Cuevas Bellamar that we, all the Mexican tourists and I, loved.

Those caves are a National Monument in Cuba and were discovered in the middle of the XIX century, still in Spanish times.

During almost one hour we walked deep into those caves following a local guide, observing 12 meters stalagmites, the underground stream, and fantastic rock formations.

After that visit the bus brought us to our hotel in La Habana to have dinner.



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