Ciénaga de Zapata is a wetland area surrounded by an almost virgin environment. The region is located at the south of the province Matanzas, in the eastern part of the Island. The area covers 4 500 square kilometers and it is the biggest water resource in the country. The peninsula has been declared a National Park and a Biosphere Reserve. Additionally, the place has been part of international studies for the preservation of endemic species and the conservation of ecological sites.
For its crucial role in preserving nature, the region has become an important touristic venue. Particularly, the site enhances sustainable and ecological tourism. Unquestionably, its views of the south coast are magnificent and the landscape is unique in Cuba.

Due to the touristic development, the region is very well-equipped regarding lodgment options. Yet, the destination is rather intended for ecotourism and the facilities do not offer great luxe.
First of all, the peninsula offers some hotels, essentially located close to nature that will represent an authentic experience.
On the other hand, it is also possible to stay in a “casa particular”, where householders will provide you with the warmest smile and welcoming services.

What to do in Cienaga de Zapata?
The destination is very frequented by travelers that want to enjoy the tranquility and transparency of the water in the south coast. In fact, the area is surrounded by exotic underwater views that can be explored in some points for scuba diving and snorkeling. Among the most visited places we find, Playa Larga, Punta Perdiz, Caleta Buena and the famous Cueva de los Peces, a natural swimming pool 70 meters deep.
Moreover, the region also offers some alternatives to interact with aboriginal traces. La Laguna del Tesoro and La Aldea Taína, are open air venues that will help you stay in touch with nature and understand the culture of the Cuban aboriginal people. Unquestionably, an authentic adventure on board of a boat to explore a lake full of animals and vegetation.
Likewise, as part of the project of preservation of wildlife, there are some spots for the protection of animals. For example, La Boca where they have a farm for raising crocodiles, a place visited by hundreds of travelers. Additionally, Finca Campesina is a complex with that includes a hotel, a farm and preserves some endemic animals such as the manjuarí and the jutía.
In contrast the place is also related to history. Girón, a small town of the area, will expose the reminders of the Battle that took place in 1961 where the Cubans defeated attackers from the United States.

The region is only accessible by land; however, it is a frequented destination so, it is very reachable. The visitor can make a stop during a visit to any other city or can choose to come by taxi, bus or rental car.