The province of Santiago de Cuba, in the eastern part of the island, has friendly spaces where you combine the attractions of nature and the tourism with an environment in perfect conservation.
In this scenario highlights the Baconao Park, with a perfect union of the sea with the mountain, accompanied by a wide variety of attractions such as the so-called Valley of the Prehistory, where visitors can enjoy replics of prehistorical species elaborated in stone at natural scale. More than two hundred of large sculptures represent natural scale dinosaurs, mammoths and other animals that populated the earth millions of years ago.
The Baconao traditions date back to the time of the discovery, precisely where the name of the site relates to a small aboriginal belonging to one of the pre-Columbian tribes that settled in the area. The story mentions to a magical tree called bacona, which launched its spell on that indigenous and allowed since that time remove music of the snails of the lagoon, a gift that went to the trees in the surrounding area to the death of the boy.
Its flora includes various types of mountain forest, as well as coastal, galleries, pine forests and dry forests. In the Reservation of Baconao there are some thousand 800 plant species identified, with a high botanical interest, medicinal, food, industrial and religious.
It is worth mentioning that among the options in the park is the possibility of knowing the typical rural environment (farmer) of the region, which extends to the smallest details, since housing - the popular bohio- to the furniture, where there is no lack of stools.
In addition, are the tours to horses by the area of the facility, in close contact with nature and that also contains ruins of the former presence of French in the area, reflected in their coffee plantations. Remains of dryers, pulpers of grain, mansions and even a colonial cemetery is located in the territory, as a part of an environment full of history and mystery. Baconao also have an aquarium, which allows for the knowledge of the marine fauna of the Caribbean in its ponds, tunnels and everything necessary for the enjoyment of the species that live there. Dolphins and Seals complete the delights of children and adults with their antics and skills, in a kind of pause at the time necessary and refreshing, a tunnel of 30 meters under the sea where visitors observe the species in their own habitat.
The Baconao facilities include singularities as the Museum of Land Transport, where are located more than two thousand vehicles in miniature next to an exhibition of old cars to actual size. On the other hand, the ancient inhabitants of the island are now reflected in the reproduction of a Taíno village next to the laguna Baconao, to which are added the services of several hotel facilities.