Cuba: Parque Baconao
Lying between the Caribbean Sea and the eastern fringes of the Sierra Maestra, and straddling the provinces of Santiago de Cuba and Guantánamo, Parque Baconao in Cuba has been declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO. The park was developed in the 1980s and has an area of about 800 km².
There are numerous activities that can be practiced in the park, ranging from diving in the lagoon, to hiking and climbing and even rodeo! There is also the option of exploring a wide variety of museums in the park such as the museum of Terrestrial Transport, which boasts over 2,500 small-scale cars. You can also visit a former coffee plantation in the park, dating back to 1860.
The park is especially popular for its Prehistoric Valley, where visitors encounter life-size model dinosaurs sculpted in stone and other prehistoric creatures lurking in lush vegetation. There is also an aquarium with different fish species, as well as a dolphinarium.
Located 60km away from Cuba’s second largest city, Santiago, it is very easily accessible and makes for a great day-trip.