Located close to the city of Santiago de Cuba, Valle de la Prehistoria is a prehistoric-themed park featuring life-size models of over 200 dinosaurs and cavemen.
Eleven hectares of land are dedicated to the Bocanao National park. Tourists can have the experience of visiting an authentic Jurassic Park, except for the real dinosaurs and the imminent life threat, of course. The park is cared for by a group of people who offer their warmest welcome to tourists.
It is truly a beauty that you must visit. The place is divided into multiple areas that feature lush green areas, man-made waterfalls, and 227 statues made of concrete. These statues represent 59 different species, including dinosaurs mammoths, extinct felines, and cavemen.
This is the only place in the world where you see dinosaurs and cavemen in one place. It is like visiting the world of The Flintstones.
A Short History
The Valle de la Preshistoria opened its gates in 1980. The reason why it was built remains a mystery. For some reason, the government ordered the inmates at a nearby prison to build concrete dinosaurs and cavemen. Thus, the park was born. We should point out here that dinosaurs and cavemen did not live during the same era, but the park gets points for creativity.
We can assume that this was one way for the regime to keep inmates busy and paying their debt to society. And they delivered! Unfortunately, like many things in Cuba, the full history of who, how, and why it was built remains in the obscurity of tales and rumors.
How to Get There
The Valle de la Prehistoria is located 25 km from Santiago de Cuba. After arriving in Santiago de Cuba, find the Terminal de Omnibus on Avenida de los Libertadores (Carretera Central). At the terminal, you will catch the bus heading to Parque Bacanao.