Latin America’s 1st climbing park opens in Cuba

Tourism is the Cuban economy’s second-biggest source of hard currency after professional services. EFE/File

Havana, May 16 (EFE).- A new climbing park has opened in Cuba that is being touted as the first of its kind in Latin America, local media reported.

The Rocarena aerial adventure park was installed by Germany’s CON-IMPEX, the local representative of Kristall Turm, a Bavaria, Germany-based developer of high-rope courses and climbing and bouldering walls for indoor and outdoor areas.

The Cuban park features a three-level main tower and has a capacity for 120 customers, who can simultaneously enjoy a range of climbing elements, CON-IMPEX General Manager Peter Apel was quoted as saying by Prensa Latina.

The park, located on Cayo Coco, a cay in the Jardines del Rey archipelago off Cuba’s northern coast, offers “extreme safety” for both experts and beginners, who receive orientation from a guide prior to their use of the facility, Apel said.

The highest level of the main tower serves as a viewing platform, while the lowest level is just one meter (3.3 feet) high and is suitable for use by children as young as four.

Rocarena, which is managed by the Cuban group Palmares, is regarded by Cuban officials as part of their strategy for expanding the island’s tourist offering.

Jardines del Rey, located 430 kilometers (267 miles) east of Havana, boasts 17 hotels and its 2,517 cays and islets have some 150 kilometers (93 miles) of beaches.

Tourism is the Cuban economy’s second-biggest source of hard currency after professional services.

Cuba set records last year for number of tourist arrivals (more than 3 million) and tourism revenue ($2.7 billion), according to Tourism Ministry figures, but officials expect those numbers to be eclipsed this year.

By Cuba Tourism, La Prensa

May 17, 2015

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