Guama Crocodile experience, Cuba

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.

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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.

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The reconstructed village of the period the natives were living when Columbus arrived was  very interesting to see.

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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.

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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..

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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.

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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.

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When we arrived to the Farm we had a guided tour and after that free time for exploring the largest crocodile farm in Cuba.

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There are more than 10 000 crocodiles in the farm, and you can see them from the babies to the largest ones.

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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).

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The farm is part of the Natural Park of the Zapata Peninsula.

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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.

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Playa Larga is a site of the American invasion of 1961 known as Bay of pigs.

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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.

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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.

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It was very interesting to me to see how coffee, pineapple and other exotic fruits look like in their natural environment.

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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..

 

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