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Cactus Patriarch

Arenas Blancas Resort, Varadero 42200, Cuba
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It's big and old

... but really not worth going out of your way for. But, if you are doing the Ecological Reserve... read more

Reviewed 17 May 2017
Very cool!

An interesting location, although I'm not certain that it was REQUIRED to pay to see this, but all... read more

Reviewed 16 May 2017
Michelle D
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Arenas Blancas Resort, Varadero 42200, Cuba
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Reviewed 17 May 2017

... but really not worth going out of your way for. But, if you are doing the Ecological Reserve walk, you will see it on that.

Thank 692evaw
Reviewed 16 May 2017

An interesting location, although I'm not certain that it was REQUIRED to pay to see this, but all the same it was worth it!

Thank Michelle D
Reviewed 17 March 2017

"El Patriarca Cactus" is the giant cactus tree just off of the beach of the Ocean Varader El Patriarca resort and is easy to get to through a small fenced area on the beach. It costs $2 CUC and worth the look.

Thank Playfull1
Reviewed 12 March 2017

We took a hike to see the cactus when we stayed at Starfish. We took a right when we hit the beach and walked for maybe half an hour or 45 minutes to get there. It is not well signed but there is a pathway...More

Thank Highlandcree
Reviewed 5 March 2017

For those who love to garden and those they wish they lived in a temperate zone friendly to cactus. This is basically a very mature large king of the cactus, great background for a selfie, fun.

Thank chickandbeast
Reviewed 26 February 2017

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.

Thank jotrips
Reviewed 4 February 2017

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...More

1  Thank Sue T
Reviewed 26 January 2017

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...More

1  Thank LAURIE S
Reviewed 5 January 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))

Thank Anastasija P
Reviewed 13 December 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.

Thank Katherine L
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