Six kilometers east of Sancti Spíritus, a side road leads south off the Carretera Central to Embalse Zaza, an artificial lake studded with flooded forest and stocked with trout and world-record-breaking bass. Marsh birds flock in from far and wide. Zaza is a favorite spot for bird-watchers and anglers. Lack of rain in 2009 left the lake without water!
EcoTur (tel. 041/54-7419), in Sancti Spíritus, offers fishing (CUC80 per person, eight hours), available at Hotel Zaza.
Islazul’s Hotel Zaza (tel. 041/32-7015, fax 041/32-8359, recepcion [at] hzaza [dot] co [dot] cu, CUC14 s, CUC22 d year-round) is a faceless two-story hotel with 124 air-conditioned rooms, most with lake views. It looked deteriorated at my last visit. At least it has a swimming pool.
© Christopher P. Baker from Moon Cuba, 5th Edition