Travel to the remote Ciénaga (swamp) de Zapata covering a large area at the southern end of Matanzas province. Part of it is a UNESCO biosphere reserve including the largest wetlands of all the Caribbean Islands, and is home to all manner of wildlife, especially birds such as flamingoes, and trogons - the national bird. Other inhabitants include lizards, crocodile and rock crab. Crocodiles lurk in the shadows here.
There is a great diversity of ecosystems such as grassland, mangrove, forest, coastal lagoons, coral reef and some delightful beaches such as Playa Larga and Playa Girón. The area is also famous for one of Cuba's most monumental historical events - the thwarted 1961 invasion by the US-sponsored Cuban exiles at the Bay of Pigs.
Your guided tour starts with a visit to Cuba's largest crocodile breeding farm where you’ll find around 100,000 reptiles kept in separate pools according to size, age and species. Next to the farm, at the Treasure Lake, you’ll board a boat and enjoy a 20min trip to a reproduction indian village.
Continue to the colonial city of Trinidad, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. Its popularity has not affected its colonial charm and unhurried atmosphere. Low-rise, brightly painted houses with vast shutters open out onto cobbled streets; palm trees dot the main plaza. Evening entertainment continues into the early hours with dancing and music each night. You have 2 nights here.