We arrive at the tour office at 7:45. A couple from the Netherlands is also there: Merijn and Marie. We just get to exchange names as we get picked up on time by a taxi driver. The small talk has to continue in the oldtimer.
Refugio de Fauna – Laguna de Guanaroca –
We don’t drive that far – the nature reserve is just after the city limits. Somehow we seem to magically attract bad weather: It’s raining again. Although we are getting wet, we have some quite pleasant temperature today. Our guides seem to find the weather quite pleasant also. After an introduction round which is at first quite confusing for the guides (Merijn, Marie, Mario and… Frank) we get a whole load info while we head to the lagoon: We stop at many plants which Juan and Pedro explain to us.
Quite a lot of crabs have left their holes and crawl around. We also get to see some termites and some birds, which we have also seen at our birdwatching tour in Vinales – barely out of the city and you are right in nature here… Amazing. We stop at a hole. Pedro plucks a straw from the ground and puts it slowly in and then out again – just before the straw leaves the hole two spiderlegs charge out of the hole and try to grab it. There seem to be tarantulas also in Cuba – yet quite small ones…
Half an hour later we get into two boats and paddle to the center of the lake. We are sitting with Juan in the boat, who seems to be a real naturalist and has a very keen eye. Without him, we would have simply missed several birds among the trees. We get lots of information – also about life in Cuba in general .