Baconao Park


Baconao ParkThe name Baconao comes from a local legend of a native little boy that he lived in southern Cuba during the pre-Columbian period. The legend states that a magic tree called Baconao was where the boy played music using the snails of the lagoon. He would sit by the shady Baconao tree to play music with his snails and when the music stops he world shout Baconao, hence its name. The park has many amazing attributes to see as you stroll through its untamable nature. Situated in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba, Baconao Park is the perfect remedy for leisure with its attractions of well-preserved nature.

Baconao Park is not just a wildlife sanctuary with different varieties of animals walking around; you will see rare bird species ruling the skies, museums and recreation center. There is a great rock in the heart of the park which stands 1,234 m above sea level. From top of the rock you will enjoy the wonderful view of the surroundings and on a clear night, you can see as far as Jamaica.

The park is full of exciting attractions, as well as providing a haven for wild life and coffee plantations. Here are a few of the interesting things to see in Baconao Park:

La Gran Piedra:  A big rock of volcanic origin, which weigh s over 60.000 tons. Climb the steps to enjoy a panoramic view of Cuba’s coastlines. You can get to the top of the rock by climbing the 459 steps.

Prehistoric Valley: In the valley you will see dinosaurs, brontosaurus, and other species that are made of steel and cement. In fact, these animals seems so real, you might think you are in the Jurassic period.

Museum of Natural Sciences: This museum displays naturalized pieces of the fauna and ornithological marine life, as well as numerous samples of classic minerals of the area.

Granjita Siboney: This is where attackers to Cuartel Moncada, led by Fidel Castro, spent the previous night before attacking on July 26, 1953. Explore each room to view the elements about the revolutionary actions, pictures, uniforms, weapons used in those memorable days.

Museum of the Terrestrial Transport: View the exhibitions of Varria of Cugnot with its one vapor boiler and vertical cylinders.

Museum of the Image: This museum shows the history relating to the development of the radio, the television and the cinema in Cuba.

Baconao Park1Other attractions to see are the Cactus Garden with its exotic array of cacti, the refreshing Aquarium that displays a submarine tunnel about 30 meters deep and dolphins, the Baconao Lagoon where you will see a village of the Tainos tribe on display.

After enjoying the tour you can visit the Casa de Pedro El Cojo, to excite the taste buds with delicious seafood and Creole cuisines. A visit to this park will leave you with unforgettable memories of Cuba’s almost virgin nature-landscape.