Alejandro de Humboldt Nationalpark
This magnificent rainforest is one of the most biologically diverse regions in Cuba with a number of plant species and an incredible variety of tropical trees. From gorgeous hills to the rich, vivacious wildlife in the region - visitors are guaranteed to enjoy a spectacular vacation in the heart of the lush Cuban wilderness.
The history of the Alejandro de Humboldt National Park
The Alejandro de Humboldt National Park was a very sparsely populated region and was only discovered to be inhabited by slaves who had escaped in the pre-Columbian era. While the archaeological importance may seem small on a global scale it is the wealth of the natural eco systems which have been known to captivate and intrigue tourists from all over the world. This protected region was founded in order to prevent the extinction of a number of endangered species including the woodpecker, which had already faced extinction in a number of other Central American countries. In order to protect these species as well as a number of other native fauna and flora species the site was named an UNESCO Heritage Site in 2001. While the park was made up of smaller protected reserves, it was decided that the park as well as its neighbouring parks should unite, and thus the Alejandro de Humboldt National Park was born. Special consideration was given to the name by naming it after a German scientist who was passionate about Cuba’s eco systems.
What to see and do in and around the National Park
The archaeological site in the National Park is definitely something worth noting. This little piece of history has become famous for sharing the story of slavery in Cuba, as well as putting another piece of the puzzle into place with regards to everything this beautiful island country has overcome. While the historical aspect of the park is undeniably intriguing, it is the charm of the wilderness which will captivate and mesmerize you.
As you hike through the bushes alongside a knowledgeable guide, you will have ample opportunity to sample the scintillating wares of the wild with fresh mangoes and coconut beverages ready to tantalise your taste buds. Learn more about the eco system of the region, the protected species and the local villages approach to herbal healing. Not only does the wonder of the land offer something to be remembered but the marine life on the outskirts will also enchant ocean lovers alike.
If you want to expand your horizons beyond the park, be sure to visit the tourist hot spot of Baracoa. Nature reserves and outdoor excursions are plentiful, from canopy tours to hiking and kayaking. With a number of amazing attractions including churches, cathedrals, chocolate boutiques and everything in between, you can rest assured that there will be something to excite you in charismatic Cuba.
Accomodation near the Alejandro de Humbolt National Park
For many tourists the Alejandro de Humboldt National Park is the highlight of their stay in Cuba. So if nature travel is what you are looking for, then make sure you choose a hotel or lodge near the reserve. Baracoa is nearby so there are a number of luxury hotels, comfortable resorts and budget friendly bed and breakfasts in the region. With Cuban hospitality at the forefront, natural beauty setting the scene and endless opportunity for adventure, you are guaranteed to have an unforgettable stay in Cuba!