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Green Cuba holidays at La Melba Reserve

  • 15-Jan-10 17:55
  • Cuba
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One of the most beautiful and charming places in Cuba; the La Melba reserve, at Alejandro de Humboldt National Park is a place where time seems to have forever stopped and unique endemic flora and fauna happily coexists in a unique and blessed ecosystem

Green Cuba holidays at La Melba Reserve
For the greenest of Cuba holidays where nature lovers can indulge in the sighting of many unique endemic specimens, La Melba reserve opens up as a unique and rich tropical ecosystem where time seems to have stopped, where flora and fauna resemble a paradise, where everyone gets to live one’s way, breathing pure air at dawn or mitigating fatigue with the cool breezes just when the sun starts setting.
Belonging to the Parque Nacional Alejandro de Humboldt, a national park situated in the Cuban provinces of Holguín and Guantánamo, this ecological paradise was named after the German scientist Alexander von Humboldt who visited the island in 1800 and 1801.
A natural wonder in its own right, the park was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001 for its size, altitude range, complex lithology, landform diversity, and wealth of endemic flora and fauna…all factors that have attracted millions and millions of naturalists to beautiful eco Cuba holidays.
The rivers that flow off the peaks of the park are some of the largest in the insular Caribbean. The park is said to be the most humid place in Cuba[and this causes a high biological diversity. The park has an area of 711.38 km² (274.7 sq mi),[2] of which 685.72 km² (264.8 sq mi) land area and 22.63 km² (8.7 sq mi) marine area. Elevation ranges from sea level to 1,168 m (3,832 ft) on El Toldo Peak.
As many as 16 of Cuba's 28 endemic plant species are protected in the park including such fauna as Dracaena cubensis and Podocarpus ekman. Fauna present in the park includes various species of parrots, lizards, hummingbirds, the endangered Cuban Solenodon (endemic), Hutia and snails.
The park began to be laid out in the 1960s, with the declaration of the Jaguani and Cupeyal del Norte nature reserves. This continued into the 80s with the proposal of the Ojito del Agua Refuge, associated with the last sighting of the Royal Woodpecker, a last remnant of this species which was already extinct in its other habitats in the United States and Mexico. In 1996 these protected areas were united to form a National Park that was named after Alexander von Humboldt. Being one of the most important biosphere reserves in the Caribbean basin, the National Park, along with Cuchillas del Toa was declared a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site in 2001.
There are unique flora and fauna elements n this unique ecosystem, with some of the highest indexes of endemicity in the archipelago.
Despite having coastal jurisdiction, the park’s shelf area is narrow and its use is not regulated so visitors can wander freely and fully take in this Cuba holiday wonder at their own pace
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