The Bellamar Cave system (Cuevas de Bellamar), located just 3 miles from Matanzas, 25 miles from Varadero and 60 miles from Havana, has been one of Cuba’s top tourist attractions for many years.
The caves were formed 300,000 years ago are made up of three caverns (Bellamar, El Jarrito and Soto Jibaro) which were originally one cave. Discovered in the late 1800′s, the caves which are the deepest in Cuba extend for some 2 miles underground. In the caves, reached by 159 steps from the surface, you will discover mind blowing stalagtites and stalagmites, pictographs from indigenous people, fountains, rivers and streams.
On entering the caves visitors are treated to amazing rock formations in the Gothic chamber which measures 262ft by 82ft. These rock formations include the famous Columbus’ Cloak, The Chapel of the Twelve Apostles, The Carrot Garden and Mrs Mamerta. More caverns are found outside the Gothic Room, including The Gallery of the Megalocnus, The Gallery of the Dwarfs,
The Gallery of the Two Lakes and The Sponge Room. Other attractions include the popular Bathroom of the American Woman, The Fountain of Love (La Fuente del Amor), The Grated Coconut Gallery (La Galeria Coco Rallado), The Room of the Ladies, The Lake of the Dhalias and The Hatuey Alley.
Mantanza itself is known as the city of bridges as it has 17 bridges which span 3 rivers. Hence the city is often referred to as the ‘Venice of Cuba’ and also as the ‘Athens of Cuba’ as many famous Cuban poets were born here. Here in the city you will find main squares, quaint streets, a food market and museums, including the fascinating pharmaceutical museum.
Mantanza is also home to The Saturno Cave and The Catalina Cave. The Saturno Cave is a flooded cavern with stalagtites and stalagmites and lies 65ft below ground. The Catalina Cave is about 6 miles long and is located close to The Bellamar Cave.
When on your cheap package holidays to Cuba a great day trip out to The Bellamar Caves is an opportunity not to be missed.
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