The Zoológica de Piedra (no tel., daily 8 a.m.–5 p.m., entrance CUC1, cameras CUC1, videos CUC5), in the mountains 25 kilometers northeast of Guantánamo , features a menagerie of wild animals from around the world—lions, tapirs, hippopotamuses, elephants, and other species—hewn from huge calcareous rocks with hammer and chisel by a coffee farmer, Ángel Iñigo.
Iñigo has carved more than 426 animals that he had seen only in photographs in books, representing more than 30 years of work. Over a kilometer of stone pathways lead through the thick foliage, revealing such carved scenes as a buffalo being attacked by mountain lions, two monkeys picking fleas from each other, and Stone Age figures killing a wild boar. The zoo is a work in progress.
The thatched Restaurante Mirador La Piedra (Tues.–Sun. 11 a.m.–midnight), at the zoo, has fantastic views, but don’t count on food being available.