Aquarium Baconao, Santiago de Cuba

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Aquarium · Hidden Gem · Zoo / Aquarium
Baconao Park is a large park region, located about 60 kilometers away from the city of Santiago de Cuba, with a total surface of 848.57km2.HistoryThe name Baconao is related to the name of a little native who lived in the south of Cuba during the pre-Columbian period. Legend mentions a magical tree, called bacona, that allowed the child to play music from the lagoon's snails.This little Cuban was known for his fishing and swimming skills, as well as playing Batos (Cuban original baseball game).The child used to sit under the bacona tree to play music from his snail. Everybody in the village was fascinated, and thought that the ability to play the music was a gift from the magical tree. Therefore, they began to call the child Baconao.One day, the young boy left the village for a trip, and never came back. The villagers believed that the child's magic returned to the trees, and as time passed, the whole area got the name Baconao.In 1987, it was declared a World Heritage Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO.AttractionsThe park contains a variety of attractions beside wildlife refuges and coffee plantations.Great Rock (Gran Piedra)The Great Rock is a large rock of volcanic origin, measuring 51m long, 25m high, and 30m wide. Its estimated weight is more than 63 thousand tons.
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  • Where else in the world can you go swimming with dolphins for 39 pesos? The show was also spectacular!  more »
  • Badly damaged in 2012 hurricane. Museum is gone, hate to see the dolphins penned in. Had seen it in 2007 and was impressed with the rotunda fish aquarium. The ministry of tourism is just not funding.....  more »
  • I had an awsome time. People there are very poor, but they like to celebrate life. Costa Morina everyone there are so happy, kind, caring, fun etc. Great trip. PS. Don't forget your toilet paper lol
  • Road into park is rough. Beautiful and scenic. Lagoon area has a boat ride. Aquarium has an excellent dolphin show
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