Biosphere reserve in eastern Cuba
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- Travel and Tourism
- 03 / 08 / 2007
Cuba, which has a privileged location in the Caribbean region, also offers unique natural attractions to both national and foreign tourists.
Experts noted the existence of six Biosphere Reserves in the country, including two that were declared Humankind's Heritage. One of them is Cuchillas del Toa, in eastern Cuba.
That area was included in a list of more than 400 Biosphere Reserves of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO).
Located in the provinces of Holguín and Guantánamo, Cuchillas del Toa covers an area of 208 hectares and is considered the Cuban region with the richest and most diverse fauna. The Toa River runs through it.
The reserve holds the Alexander von Humboldt Park, which was declared Humankind's Heritage by the UNESCO and covers half the total area of the reserve.
The experts recalled that nearly 24 percent of the world's plant species, in addition to the largest flora diversity in the Cuban archipelago and the insular Caribbean, grow in the park.