After a day of skydiving, Basecampers Sarah, Rodrigo and Troy are ready to go subterranean and explore the crystalline caves of Bellamar.
They start their day at dawn with coffee on the beach outside of their resort, the Meliá Varadero, before heading out to meet their tour guide Jesus. Describing the caves as living and growing, Jesus introduces the Basecampers to the many stalactite and stalagmite formations that descend or rise from the cave ceiling or floor. He also points out the unusual presence of halictites, formations that grow laterally, both defying gravity and baffling scientists.
The tour of the caves proves to be one way to escape the Cuban heat but on the way back, Rodrigo spots a gang of local kids jumping off an old railroad bridge. Without hesitation, the Basecampers join the kids with the daredevil Rodrigo climbing the rusty ironwork to dive off the very top.
Explore the hidden caves of Cuba with our Basecampers:
Take in any of the many cultural events in and around Matanzas. Known for its poets and as a centre of Afro-Cuban culture, the region is host to the Teatro Sauto, one of Cuba’s finest theatres. On the Plaza de la Vigía’s south side, it was a favourite of the great Mexican muralist Diego Rivera.
For useful travel tips, consult Basecamp’s travel guide to Havana and Varadero.
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