Park in Havana Unites Technology and Recreation
By Yaimara Portuondo, Photos: Prensa Latina and José (Tito) Meriño
The first Technological Park of Cuba was inaugurated last November in the neighborhood of Cerro, as part of the celebrations of Havana’s 500th anniversary.
Quinta de las Delicias, but known by many as Finca Los Monos (The Monkey Farm), the park has a plane, yacht and train with simulators developed by SIMPRO, the Cuban software company. Restaurants, cafeterias and a party area form part of the park as well.
Some of the park’s most attractive elements are the life-size sculptures of monkeys, peacocks and other birds in their natural environment. Other attractions at the park include game and technology rooms, electronic shooting, augmented reality technology, digital libraries, and online games, to name just a few.
Visitors are delighted to see the various options that serve both for fun and learning. The estate’s gardens are ideal for outdoor activities for all ages, from traditional children’s games to camping.
Quinta de las Delicias also contains an eclecticstyle castle, built at the beginning of the 20th century. It is considered the first zoo of Havana, as it has provided a home to three generations of monkeys.
Its first owner, Rosalía Abreu, lived for many years surrounded by a variety of monkeys, which gave the park its nickname and a great reputation. However, the monkeys were not the only animals that lived on the farm. Other mammals and reptiles, almost all of them brought from Asia and Africa, can be seen there as well. It is said that Rosalía had a peculiar liking for monkeys and she treated them as if they were people. Therefore, she has been the center of many local jokes and even the protagonist of horror stories, like one where the monkeys are servants, wearing clothes and eating with cutlery.
Iván Barreto Gelles, Director of Cinesoft, explained the importance of the local development programs and emphasized the importance of rescuing Finca de Los Monos, so as to provide visitors with a place for recreation and interaction with technology.