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Boca de Yumurí and Yumurí Canyon, near Baracoa

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Situated at the mouth of the Yumurí River, within the Yumurí Canyon, the charming community of Boca de Yumurí awaits you, approximately 30 kilometers / 20 miles southeast of Baracoa. It serves as an ideal playground for nature enthusiasts, offering a range of activities including hiking, boat rides, and snorkeling. Let’s dive in!

💡 Planning Your Trip to Cuba 💡

✈️ Flights: To find the best deals on flights, Captain Ulysses highly recommends using Skyscanner or Omio.

🇨🇺 Visa: Before you depart, be sure to apply for your tourist card (which is your visa for Cuba). You can easily order your tourist card online through CubaVisa.

🛏️ Accommodations: To book your accommodations in Cuba, the Captain recommends Expedia. In Baracoa, the Captain especially recommends 3 casas particulares/B&Bs with very good value for money (Casa Lester, Casa Las Palmeras, Hostal Rubio)

📸 Activities: To book your activities, the Captain highly recommends Civitatis.

Getting to Boca de Yumurí

On Your Own

To reach Boca de Yumurí, you can hire a taxi from Baracoa‘s city center. The round trip will cost you around 25 CUC (the taxi will wait for you at Boca de Yumurí to take you back to Baracoa).

Upon arrival, you’ll need to pay an admission fee at the visitor center, ranging from 2 to 13 CUC, depending on your chosen option: boat tour, short or long hike, etc.

Throughout your visit to Boca de Yumurí, a guide will accompany you.

Organized Excursion to Boca de Yumurí

For a hassle-free experience, you can opt for an organized excursion to Boca de Yumurí. The excursion includes transportation, guide services, a boat ride along the Yumurí River, a visit to an agricultural estate, and a cocoa tasting.

👉 Find out more about prices and availability: Yumuri Canyon Trip.

What to Do in Boca de Yumurí?

Apart from the breathtaking view from the Boca de Yumurí viewpoint, visitors also flock to admire the incredible diversity of flora and fauna. You’ll encounter various plants, including some with medicinal properties, as well as a plethora of birds and butterflies.

Yumurí Canyon is renowned for its polimitas, an endemic species of snail. Beware of street vendors who may attempt to sell them to you, as polimitas are a threatened species. It’s crucial to resist the temptation and refrain from purchasing them to protect their population.

While there, you can embark on a boat ride, take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters of the Yumurí River, and explore the numerous hiking trails that wind through the canyon. Don’t forget to bring your mask and snorkel, as you can even indulge in snorkeling to discover the vibrant rockfish and crayfish.

On your way to Boca de Yumurí, be sure to make a stop at the Túnel de los Alemanes, a natural tunnel formed by trees.

Other Excursions from Baracoa

Interested in discovering more about other excursions from Baracoa, feel free to explore Captain Ulysses’ articles on:


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Credits: Ramon Boersbroek

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