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Soroa-Las Terrazas

 Soroa Waterfall

Soroa-Las Terrazas

Hidden withing the relatively compact Sierra del Rosario, the eastern section of Guaniguanico Mountain Range, the peacelful, self-containedmountain retreats of  Soroa and Las Terrazas provideperfect opportunities to explore the tre-clad hillside. Both are set up as centers for ecotourism, though of the two Las Terrazas offers the chance to get closer to local community. The Sierra del Rosario was declared a Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1985, acknoledment in part for the success of reforestation project of the 1970´s.

Soroa , also known as Cuba’s Rainbow, is 70 kilometers west of the Cuban capital and 16 kms away from Las Terrazas Community. It is a site of breathtaking natural beauty, with a 22-meter waterfall that invites visitors to take a refreshing swim any time of the year. The region’s unspoilt lush environment is perfect cycling and mountain climbing, with excursions on the banks of the Manatiales River and unique baths at the so-called “Poza del Amor”.

The most famous attraction is the nearby botanical garden ” Orquideario”, specializing in orchids spread across the slope. It is home to more than 700 different types of orchids ,as well as flowers, plants, shrubs and trees from around the World. For those into birdwatching, there are several viewing stations dotted around, for photographers, the area can affords a good opportunity for fauna and flora shots.

Places to go:

  • Salto de Soroa (Water fall)
  • Orquideario (Botanical Garden)
  • Baños Romanos
  • Castillo de las Nuves ( Clouds´Castle)
  • El Mirador (Look out)

 Las Terrazas Las Terrazas , a wonderfully harmonious resort and small working community, is placed 51 kms far from Havana. This area is the premier ecotourism site in the province and one of the most important in the country.The cabins settled inside belong to the resident population of around a thousand, who have lived here since the community´s fondation in 1971. The inhabitants of this model settlement were encouraged to play an active role in the preservation and care of the local environment. As well as building the vilage itself, this project entailed the planting of  trees along terraces dug into deforested hills, thus guarding against; hence the name (in Spanish, terrazas means terraces).

The history of coffee cultivation, which started in the region in the 19th century, is one of the major attractions for customers at the Buenavista Restaurant, which was built on the ruins of the coffee farm of same name, founded by French immigrants.

Places to go:

  • Moka Hotel
  • Casa del Campesino ( Farmer´s House)
  • Curujey Bar & Restaurant
  • Hacienda Unión (Former Coffee Farm)
  • Baños de Bayate (River)
  • Community Museum
  • Cafetal Buenavista (Former Coffee Farm)
  • Café de María
  • Art Workshop

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