New day – new adventure.
That day was reserved for a little bit of history and crocodile adventure. The day began with a boat ride to the village of the Taínos – Cuba’s original inhabitants.
Taíno is a replica of Cuban ancient village with recreated version of Indian life. We had a walking tour there. It’s like an open air museum with over a thirty life-size sculptures of Indian villagers in a variety of poses.
The reconstructed village of the period the natives were living when Columbus arrived was very interesting to see.
In the Indian house they drew two lines on your face and you become one of them. Haha.. At least for that you can totally fit in the environment.
After the walking tour we had short break in the bar where you can (legally) try crocodile meat if you want. They served it like this..
I hesitate at first but at the end I took a bite. I am not easy on trying things like that but I had to taste it. It tasted like a mixture of chicken and fish to me.
We continued our boat ride to Farm of the crocodiles, and during the ride our tour guide gave every woman on the boat a rose. Totally unexpected present but it was a nice touch.
When we arrived to the Farm we had a guided tour and after that free time for exploring the largest crocodile farm in Cuba.
There are more than 10 000 crocodiles in the farm, and you can see them from the babies to the largest ones.
The incredible thing is that you can touch them and even hold them and take photograph. Even though their mouth was tighten I wasn’t totally irrelevant but at the and it was unforgettable experience (honestly, I regretted ‘trying them’ earlier).
The farm is part of the Natural Park of the Zapata Peninsula.
After a crocodile farm we went to Playa Larga, where we had lunch (included in price) and when lunch was finished we had free time to spend on the beach.
Playa Larga is a site of the American invasion of 1961 known as Bay of pigs.
On our way back to the hotel we had one more stop at the Finca Fiesta Campesina, farm and museum showcasing typical flora and fauna of Cuba.
Beside all the animals and species characteristic for Cuba we watched a man pushing sugar cane through a mangle so you can try made in front of you guarapo – sugar cane juice. Worldwide famous Havana Club rum is made from sugar cane, too.
It was very interesting to me to see how coffee, pineapple and other exotic fruits look like in their natural environment.
It was a day full of different adventures, we learn something about history and about many other things, so it was a successful day. We learned a bit more about the island of Cuba and I appreciate every memory I had from there.
Hope you enjoyed this post..