On the way into the forest we travelled along a coast road, with water on one side and the forest on the other side of the road. May is crab season in Cuba, which means the crabs leave the forest and make their way to the ocean. All over Cuba you will see them scuttling over roads, through houses and over anything else that is in their way, to get to water.
Our trip took us into the forest, along a boardwalk over some swamps where we glimpsed a crocodile, trekked over and under trees to reach three separate lagoons sitting in the rocks, with turtles swimming serenely in two of them. All the way through the forest we saw crabs either climbing up or down the trees, hiding under them or just stopping where they were on the ground while we passed them. I was amazed by the different sizes and colours of the crabs we saw, and there were a ton of them!
We didn’t see as many birds as I had hoped, but just seeing crabs in a forest was amazing enough for me!