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Address: Arenas Blancas Resort, Varadero 42200, Cuba

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Huge Cactus

If you find natural beauty interesting, this cactus if worth the 2 cuc to visit. It is gigantic for a cactus. You can find it at the back of the beach of the Ocean Varadero El... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
jotrips
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toronto
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you find natural beauty interesting, this cactus if worth the 2 cuc to visit. It is gigantic for a cactus. You can find it at the back of the beach of the Ocean Varadero El Patriarca resort.

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Thank jotrips
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's easy to miss the stop for this and the walk down is along a very unprepossessing hotel back strip. However, the cactus is truly magnificent-it's amazing to think of it standing there since the Spanish conquest. Felipe, the guide, was happy to answer all of our questions and clearly very proud of his monster charge. It's not at all... More 

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Thank Sue T
Waterbury, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The giant cactus is indeed GIANT, and it's pretty cool to see. The roots are substantial too. Sadly, the cactus has been heavily vandalized by carvings (think: Steve + Suzie 1997). There's nothing else immediately nearby, and it's a bit of a walk from the hop-on-hop-off bus stop, but if you don't mind a little walk and you've got 15... More 

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Thank LAURIE S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

we went to see cactus by varadero shuttle bus. u have to walk a little to get to the cactus. but i as a landscape architect absoluterly loved it. its a very big tree))

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Thank Anastasija P
Winchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

worth a visit to pay the guard to keep this 500 year cactus protected, interesting visit. very close to the Ambrosio cave and nature reserve to combine the three in a day.

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Thank Katherine L
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016

The signage from the road is good but if you are taking a beach walk from your resort and simply want to add the Cactus to your tour that day, keep your eyes peeled for the sign at the junction between the beach and grass as you wander past Ocean Veradero Patriarca. For the $2 CUC entrance fee the guide... More 

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Thank Christine J
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016 via mobile

We stayed at Ocean Varadero El Patriarca and this cactus is just off the beach. You have to pay 2 CUC to see it. It's over 500 years old. It's just a shame that they have to try to make money off this. There is the same type of cactus plant on the way to the beach that is pretty... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

This rare cactus tree is 200+ years old and is located next to the Oceans Varadero el Patriarca hotel. If you are in the area, it's a nice thing to see.

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Thank Be24
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

The Cactus Patriarch was beautiful, it's amazing how old it is! I can’t wait to go back and visit Cuba!!

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Thank amandairwin2016
Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

If this cactus could talk, what stories it wold tell. Having lived over 500 years, through so much change and adversity, and still standing tall and strong. It is something to see.

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