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Holidays in Atlantis? Try the Guanahacabibes Peninsula

TTC News Service.-  Atlantis, the city that sank into the sea in a forgotten time, is just  like the mythical unicorn, which some poets still see jogs on certain pastures.

Recently, explorers had confirmed the discovery of stone structures deep below the ocean surface that may have been built by an unknown human civilization thousands of years ago.

Uusing a miniature submarine to probe the sea floor off the coast of Cuba, they filmed over the summer ruins of a possible submerged “lost city” off the Guanahacabibes Peninsula on the Caribbean island’s western tip.

They said those images confirmed the presence of huge, smooth, cut granite-like blocks in perpendicular and circular formations, some in pyramid shapes.

Before, several writers have speculated that Antartica is the site of Atlantis. But others have proposed Caribbean locations such the alleged Cuban sunken city off the Guanahacabibes peninsula in Cuba, the Bahamas, the Bermuda Triangle and areas in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Some have speculated that the continent of South America bears striking similarities to the description of Atlantis by Plato, particularly the Altiplano region of the Andes. The stories of a lost continent off the coast of India, named “Kumari Kandam,” have inspired some to draw parallels to Atlantis.

Atlantis, in Greek “island of Atlas”, is a legendary island first mentioned in Plato’s dialogues Timaeus and Critias, written about 360 BC. According to Plato, Atlantis was a naval power lying “in front of the Pillars of Hercules” that conquered many parts of Western Europe and Africa 9,000 years before the time of Solon, or approximately 9600 BC. After a failed attempt to invade Athens, Atlantis sank into the ocean “in a single day and night of misfortune”.

Scholars dispute whether and how much Plato’s story or account was inspired by older traditions. The possible existence of a genuine Atlantis was discussed throughout classical antiquity, but it was usually rejected and occasionally parodied by later authors.

One thing is absolutely real in the Atlantis Caribbean story: The Guanahacabibes Peninsula, the westernmost point on the island of Cuba. It is located in Pinar del Río Province, in the municipality of Sandino and is sparsely populated.

The waters surrounding the peninsula are important spiny lobster and red snapper fishing grounds. It also boasts the category of Biosphere Reserve, listed by UNESCO in 1987. Its western extremity, Cape San Antonio is the western most point of Cuba.

The Guanahacabibes National Park on the peninsula is one of the country’s largest natural reserves and is separated from the rest of the island by white-sand plains where one of Cuba’s largest lakeside areas lies.A relatively small area holds some 100 lakes, as well as the largest and purest fields of silica sand, which is 99.8% pure.

Nature tourism is a major attraction in the 398.26 km2 (153.77 sq mi) National Park. The area is inhabited by 172 species of birds belonging to 42 families, 11 of which are endemic and 84 are migratory.

Experts also believe that 4 of the 7 species of marine turtles living on the planet have survived in the Guanahacabibes Peninsula. The coastline also contains preserved coral reefs, with the northern coast being lined by the cays and isles of the western Colorados Archipelago.

The peninsula was one of the last refuges of aboriginals fleeing from the Spanish conquistadors and also holds some 140 archeological sites linked to the life of aborigines, who were known as Guanahatabeyes.

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