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Alejandro de Humboldt National Park

Travel Guide Caribbean Cuba Alejandro de Humboldt National Park

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Introduction

Palmtrees in Alejandro Humboldt National Park

Palmtrees in Alejandro Humboldt National Park

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Alejandro de Humboldt National Park is a national park in the Cuban provinces of Holguín and Guantánamo. It is named after the German scientist Alexander von Humboldt who visited the island in 1800 and 1801. The park was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001 for of its size, altitude range, complex lithology, landform diversity, and wealth of endemic flora and fauna. The park features the world's smallest frog, the endemic polymita snail, and a surprising amount of rural agriculture.

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Geography

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, of which 685.72 km2 land area and 22.63 km2 marine area. Elevation ranges from sea level to 1,168 metres on El Toldo Peak. 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.

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Getting There and Around

Talk to Cubatur at Parque Independencia for a group tour; it's also possible to visit independently and hire a guard at the gate, but this is more expensive and not particularly recommended. The road from Baracoa to the park is not so much a road with potholes, but potholes with bits of road, and you'll feel the bus swerving in all directions to dodge them.

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