Finca La Belén

Camagüey Province

Nestled in grassy uplands, this handsome country ranch was built by a Peruvian architect during WWII. It is now run as a nature reserve by Ecotur. It's one of the best places in Cuba to view rare bird species such as the Cuban parakeet, the giant kingbird and the Antillean palm swift. Another curiosity is a three-million-year-old petrified forest spread over 1 hectare. Also roaming the landscape are non-indigenous animals such as zebras, deer, bulls and horses.

Visitors can hike Sendero de las Aves for a fee. To find the petrified forest, drive several kilometers past the ranch entrance to the road junction and bear right to reach a dead end at a factory. There's a large fossilized tree nearby.

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Nearby Camagüey Province attractions

1. Museo Histórico

22.11 MILES

A small museum with several rooms dedicated to local art and history.

2. Parque Constitución

22.21 MILES

The Guáimaro Assembly of April 1869, which approved the first Cuban constitution and called for the emancipation of slaves, was held here. The events are…