Montemar NP, Pig's bay, Cienfuegos

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Montemar N.P.

Today we had a long day ahead of us; our first stop of the day was Montemar N.P., where there was a croc farm. It promised to be a sticky day, so the planned swim later sounded very good.

At the N.P. we walked around to see different aged crocs, from 3 mnths and up. We even got the chance to hold a 3 yro croc...which was surprisingly soft and warm. I know I sound like Steve Irwin, but: Crocs rule!

Then it was time to was away the sweat by a nice swim in Pig's bay...well a swim: I took a dive - went to 15 mtrs and had a blast, seeing some rays and beautiful bleu fishies. Downside: one of the ladies in the group decided it was my fault that we were running late, since I was the only one diving...but again: she complained a lot, about everything actually - and afterwards we had some nice Cuban home cooking in one of the home restaurants - small businesses with nice food, and meant to dodge the governement -.

We had fresh sea food, rice and fresh fruits o my.

The last stop before going to the hotel was Cienfuegos: again a colonial town, French colonial it is. It was nice and clean, like every town I have seen so far. It was more marble than other towns, f.e. Santa Clara. The theater was beautifully painted, old theater style.

The best was saved for last today: our trip up the mountain towards the hotel; it was getting dark, mountain road and a bus tire about to explode....what a blast ahum! It took us 1.5 hours to drive up, with a cursing driver and nervous guide...and all of us imaging headlines  - and of course it was my fault, well the guides fault for letting us snorkle and dive...according to horrible lady-.

But we got to the hotel safely, had a nice meal, some cocktails and of to bed.

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Today we had a long day ahead of us; our first stop of the day was Montemar N.P., where there was a croc farm. It promised to be a sticky day, so the planned swim later sounded very good.

At the N.P. we walked around to see different aged crocs, from 3 mnths and up. We even got the chance to hold a 3 yro croc...which was surprisingly soft and warm. I know I sound like Steve Irwin, but: Crocs rule!

Then it was time to was away the sweat by a nice swim in Pig's bay...well a swim: I took a dive - went to 15 mtrs and had a blast, seeing some rays and beautiful bleu fishies. Downside: one of the ladies in the group decided it was my fault that we were running late, since I was the only one diving...but again: she complained a lot, about everything actually - and afterwards we had some nice Cuban home cooking in one of the home restaurants - small businesses with nice food, and meant to dodge the governement -.

Crocs Rule
We had fresh sea food, rice and fresh fruits o my.

The last stop before going to the hotel was Cienfuegos: again a colonial town, French colonial it is. It was nice and clean, like every town I have seen so far. It was more marble than other towns, f.e. Santa Clara. The theater was beautifully painted, old theater style.

The best was saved for last today: our trip up the mountain towards the hotel; it was getting dark, mountain road and a bus tire about to explode....what a blast ahum! It took us 1.5 hours to drive up, with a cursing driver and nervous guide...and all of us imaging headlines  - and of course it was my fault, well the guides fault for letting us snorkle and dive...according to horrible lady-.

But we got to the hotel safely, had a nice meal, some cocktails and of to bed.

Montemar N.P.
Montemar N.P.
Crocs Rule
Crocs Rule
Fresh as can be
Fresh as can be
Cienfuegos
Cienfuegos
Our great driver
Our great driver
Topes de Collantes Hotels & Accommodations review
The hotel is beautifully situated: near a N.P. in a mountain area. Unfortunatly the staff wasn't that friendly: a bit pushy for tips - and yes I kno… read entire review
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