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Maria La Gorda
Province: Pinar del Río
Country: Cuba
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The western end of the greater one of the Antilles, full of natural, cultural and historical values wich encloses in addition spaces of unique characteristics with ideal conditions for the practice of snorkeling. This activity available at a national level of more than 70 thousand kilometers of the Cuban insular platform, with about five thousand kilometers of coastline, bathed by the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

About six thousand 500 varieties of fish, crustaceans, mollusks, sponges and accompanied by up to 850 kilometers of coralline barriers in perfect condition, converted the island in one of the best preserved underwater ecosystems of the region.

In addition, three tens of centers specialized in diving operate throughout the territory of the Caribbean country, with facilities for induction courses and dives in coral reefs and caves, all this under the parameters required at the international level in that activity. Precisely in that region is located one of these facilities under the name of Maria La Gorda, with five tens of defined points for diving.

The experts classify their funds among the first ten of the Latin American subcontinent due to the abundance of marine species and coral reefs of extraordinary beauty. The divers highlights the descents through extensive vertical walls up to the nests reefs, the exploration of tunnels and caves, and the discoveries of the remnants of old Spanish galleons. It is worth mentioning that since the five meters of depth will appreciate great coral formations with a permanent and abundant fauna, especially gorgonians.

In the name of this area are joined by the legends, where it mentions a Venezuelan indigenous trapped by pirates and which was subsequently abandoned in the Cuban West, in a beach of about eight kilometers and crystalline waters. The above-mentioned aboriginal called Mary, was installed in the place and opened an inn where offered food and pleasure to the filibusters that arriving to the place, and apparently his name joined the physical served to attribute territory its present name.

The waters are calm and with great visibility, and dive between 15 and 35 meters of depth, together where begins the continental slope, a steep wall where concentrates virtually the entire marine fauna typical of the Caribbean Sea. The complement of International Diving Center this in the Villa Maria La Gorda, deployed on a white sand beach, with seven tens of cabins with comfortable rooms, most of them in the first line of the sea. In addition, is inserted into the surrounding of Guanahacabibes Peninsula, favored with more than 15 kilometers of excellent beaches, like Las Tumbas, El Prejuicio, El Holandes, Las Canas and of course, Maria la Gorda.

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