National Parks and Nature Reserves

In recent years, Cuba has established numerous nature reserves, to preserve the very special species richness and beauty of the country. Meanwhile, about a quarter of the total land area is protected. Cubans love their beautiful country and do much that it remains so in the future.

The Alexander von Humboldt National Park is considered as the most beautiful in Cuba. For almost 10 years, the last large-scale rain forest on the island even counts as a World Heritage Site. That is thanks to the original setting an unusually high number of animals that are exclusively located in Cuba. According to researchers worldwide, no other island has such a high biodiversity - even island paradises like Hawaii or Fiji cannot keep up with Cuba.
There is another popular destination of Cuba on Zapata Peninsula: The Natural Park of Montemar. 

The still largely wild land area is the largest contiguous wetland in the Caribbean. Endemic animal and plant species will find here an ideal habitat. Manjuarí (billfish) is a fish, which can reach a full growth of up to two meters and has an alligator snout and is ubiquitous in rivers and freshwater lakes. This kind is already existing since more than 70 million years. Suitable for long walks, the Sierra Maestra National Park is highly recommended. In that park, there is also the highest mountain of Cuba is located, called Pico Turquino. Especially worth seeing are the different types of orchids in various colors. Don't forget non-slip walking shoes and a sun hat! Each National Park boasts something really special and worth to visit. Whether you visit the Cuban jungle on foot, by car or with an experienced guide - an excursion is worthwhile in any case.