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Located in the western province of Matanzas, the Zapata Peninsula, in the Montemar Great Natural Park, is one of the largest swamps in the Caribbean, covering an area of 5,000 square kilometers of forests, marshes, and crystal-clear lagoons and canals. It is a paradise for ecologists and is home of some 171 species of birds, including 18 endemic species, in a territory that has become one of the Island's richest regions to develop ecological tourism. The region is inhabited by a variety of crocodile that can only be found in the Cuban archipelago, in addition to manatees, which are considered a treasure of the national fauna. There is also one of the largest crocodile farms in the country and the Caribbean region, with nearly 15,000 specimens.
The peninsula holds the Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lagoon), a four-meter-deep natural reservoir of fresh water covering 900 hectares and inhabited by golden trouts. In the middle of the lagoon stands
Guam, a group of 12 small islands connected by wooden bridges with an endless system of canals and calm waters. One of these islands hosts a life-size replica of a Taino village, depicting Tainos Indians (Cuba's primitive inhabitants)working.


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