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Caving Tour

Country: Cuba
City: Varadero
Duration: 1 Day(s) - 0 Night(s)
Tour Category: Adventure

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Saturno Cave (Cueva Saturno), the star feature of a complex cave system. This hauntingly beautiful cenote or subterranean swimming hole offers a refreshing respite from the sun-baked beach. Stalactites drip from the roof of the cave, and stalagmites rise from the water's depths. Tourists come here to swim in the pool's azure-hued freshwater, dive off the crystallized columns, and admire the impressive rock formations.

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Be amazed by the magic found within the small Saturno Cave and see its range of underwater vegetation. Only 12km from the city of Matanzas, Cuba, close to the exit of the airport, is located a little cave known as Cueva Saturno (Saturno Cave). This cave's not as well known as those of Bellamar, which together with Varadero sometimes overshadows this spectacular destination. However, after descending about 20 meters deep through a beautiful cave, you will find one of the most spectacular natural wonders of Cuba.

The cave hosts a tiny lake, in which you can find fish and other species characteristic of the aquatic Cuban fauna which inhabits its underground waters. What’s more, here you will also find waters better suited for practicing aquatic activities such as swimming or snorkeling.

It is full of stalactites and stalagmites, immersed mainly by water; evidence that the cave did not always contain water.
There is also an area set up for you to eat and have a coffee quite close to the cave’s entrance.

Inside you can enjoy two galleries with abundant stalagmites and stalactites, both exterior in walls and ceiling, and submerged in water. The presence of the later one, suggests that this cave was not always flooded. In addition, the visitor can enjoy a kind of natural pool, with clear and crystalline waters, approximately 18 meters deep, ideal for swimming and diving. As it's expected, the water is usually quite freezing, but when you start diving you cannot think of anything other than the beauty that surrounds you.You can also spot common species in Cuban groundwater such as fish and blind shrimp, which enjoy the darkness of the enclosure.

For snacks, the tourist can access to a small place next to the entrance. Rental of the characteristic equipment of underwater activities is also offered on this site.

The Saturn Cave is a very popular stop on many excursions, but if you prefer to go on your own and avoid tourist groups it's best to visit it or in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Be aware that Saturno Cave is best suited to strong swimmers, as many sections are very deep. Some parts of the pool are shallower, so if you have children, take a buoyancy aid and be sure to keep an eye on them at all times. Whether you're a keen diver, a budding photographer, or simply in search of a unique excursion, Saturno Cave is a great choice. There's even a snack bar, so you can relax with a bite to eat and a refreshing drink as you admire the rocky underground views.

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