Cuevas de Santa Catalina

Matanzas Province

A less-visited cave system off the Matanzas–Varadero highway near Boca de Camarioca, where highlights include Amerindian cave paintings. The cave is immense – 12km in length – and famous for its toadstool stalagmites. Organize a trip at the Cueva de Saturno or ask at one of the Varadero all-inclusive accommodations. It is not possible to go independently.

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