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Vinales’ Caves are the remnants of the Jurassic period. The karstic features of the caves have made it the habitat of many species. In the Cuban caves there are 45 varieties of aquatic invertebrates and 30 of terrestrial ones. There are three types of cave animals the troglobytes, trocophiles, and trogloxenes. Troglobytes are cave dwellers. All of their life cycle is spent in the caves. The troglophiles are living organisms who like living in caves as long as there is enough food for them. The Trogloxenes are those species that live in caves for only a moment in their lifespan. Among the animals are the bat, the Pteronotus Macleayii or mustached bat and the Phyllonycteispoeyi bat (the Pollen feeding bat) and the butterfly bat one of the smallest bats in the world and the beetle. An example of the aquatic animals that has adapted to cave life is the Ludifuga fish of which there are 4 species. This fish has no eyes and has lost their pigmentation. However, many human beings too have dwelled within its walls at different times in history using it for different purposes. The Guanajatabey Amerindians, the taino, the ciboneys(siboneys) as well as the marooned slaves used it for different purposes. If the primitive people used the caves as shelter from the bad weather and wild animals for the more evolved ones it was a burial or sacred places. The Indian bones discovered in the Cueva del Indio and pictograms on the walls testify of their presence in the caves. A haven where one finds peace this was the case of the slaves. In the subterranean gallery of 45 kilometres of Cueva San Tomas and Cueva del Indio, the marooned slaves lived fleeing from the the bat, the Pteronotus Macleayii,hardship of the colonialist masters. Within the different chambers of the caves, they practiced subsistence farming.

 
 

 

Cuba Inside the Caves

 

 
 
 
Cuba Vinales

 

Cuba Vinales

 

 
Cuba Botanical Garden

 

Botanical Garden

 

 
Cuba Caves
 

 

 Cuba Caves
 

 

 
Cuba Provinces
 

 

 Cuba Provinces

 

 
Cuba Cueva de Jose Michel
 

 

Cueva de Jose Michel
 

 

 
Cuba Cueva del Indio
 

 

Cueva del Indio
 

 

 
Cuba Endangered Trees
 

 

Endangered Trees

 

 
Cuba Farmer
 

 

Cuba Farmer

 

 
Cuba Gorges Vinales
 

 

Gorges Vinales

 

 
Cuba Inside the Caves
 

 

Inside the Caves

 

 
Cuba Three Mountain Ranges
 

 

Three Mountain Ranges
 

 

 
Cuba Tobacco Field
 

 

Tobacco Field

 

 
Cuba Valley Vinales
 

Valley Vinales
 

 

 
Cuba Vinales Village
 

Vinales Village

 

 
Cuba Agriculture in Vinales
 

Agriculture in Vinales

 

   

 


 

 

 

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