cayojutia   Cayo Jutía, one of the 160 islets of the Los Colorados group, with crystal clear waters, fine sand, and dazzling landscape beauty, gives the visitor the peace of its virginal environment and from the moment of arrival at its premises, the city ​​rush to indulge in full enjoyment is forgotten.

   Pride of the locals, it is a place of preference every summer, while foreigners tend to be captivated by its many treasures and exuberant nature, which invites you to walk every inch of the mainland and snoop on its seabed in search of discoveries that challenge the imagination.

   Through a road built over the sea you can reach the islet, belonging to the Pinar del Río municipality of Minas de Matahambre, where the development of nautical activities, diving and bird watching, with abundant green woodpeckers, totíes (Cuban blackbirds) and the zunzuncito (bee hummingbird), promote first-hand contact with nature.

   Other daring species of birdlife usually accompany the tourist, such as the arriero (great lizard cuckoo), the gavilán batista (Cuban black hawk) and the conga and carabalí jutías.

   In the mixed mangrove swamp on its north coast, there are small strips of evergreen forests, where species such as the female majagua from La Florida and the mulberry from the Indies are represented, while the vegetation of the sandy coast is made up of herbaceous elements and low shrubs, without counting the extensive mangroves, first containment barrier against hydrometeorological phenomena.

   Until recently, one of the many charms of the key was its lighthouse, one of the oldest in the country with more than 100 years safeguarding the northern seas of Pinar del Río province.

   The only one of its kind in Latin America due to its skeleton-shaped structure, from its height, it imperturbably observed the transformation of the portion of land that rests at its feet and with its warning-signs guided navigation through that area.

   Inaugurated in May 1902, its construction was arranged by royal order on January 3, 1888, with the purpose of preventing the frequent accidents that formerly occurred in the area, according to historical documents.

   With maritime surveillance and signaling, it also had the exclusivity of employing the first Cuban woman with that profession, Victoria Denis Giralde, who served until her retirement.

   In an inexorable way, time leaves its traces and now that centennial sentinel of the seas has come to rest, while a more modern one replaced it in the tasks, but it remains standing there still scanning the horizon.

   At the discretion of national and foreign visitors, it is worth saving distances to go to the meeting of Cayo Jutía, since the richness of its beach and its proverbial nature provide a special stay, where the most genuine adventure can appear.

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