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El Otro Varadero …. The Other Varadero – Varahicacos Ecological Reserve

El Otro Varadero …. The Other Varadero – Varahicacos Ecological Reserve

We had traveled into the town of Varadero and done the tourist shopping thing already so today the plan was to visit the Varahicacos Ecological Reserve on Varadero Peninsula. In stark contrast to the manicured lawns of the surrounding resort complexes, this bit of preserved natural habitat in the middle of the Varadero Peninsula offered us a look at “El Otro Varadero … the Other Varadero”.

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Caribbean & Mexico Cuba Varadero

Varadero Beach Tour Bus – Varadero Peninsula, Varadero, Cuba

Varadero Beach Tour Bus – Varadero Peninsula, Varadero, Cuba

For those who don’t mind a bit of sunshine and a bit of wind in the face, the Varadero Beach Tour double-decker bus is a great way to see Varadero and the Varadero Peninsula.  Cost is $5CUC ($5US approx) for a ticket good for the whole day and with unlimited on-off privileges. The bus runs about every half hour with multiple stops along the Peninsula and about every three blocks in town.

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Alfred Bog, Alfred, Ontario

Alfred Bog, Alfred, Ontario

My birder friend, Gerhard, gave me a call to tell me he was going to be showing a group of Dutch folks around the Alfred, Ontario area. He wondered if I might like to come along with my cameras. He keeps hoping I’ll learn a little Dutch, I think, as it was the language of the day. My language, of course, is pictures.

Gerhard always wants to be on the road by dawn (or earlier). He is a keen birder. I, on the other hand, am a keen sleeper :-). However, when he invites me on a birding outing, I rarely say no.

The group gathered in the east end of the city early in the morning (I live on the opposite side of the city so needed to get up earlier :-)) and headed out to the sewage lagoons near Alfred, Ontario. Sounds like a terrible place to go to spend an early morning moment but ask any serious birder where the sewage lagoons are anywhere in the world and they will likely be able to tell you!