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Las Terrazas & Soroa

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Beautiful, forested hills just an hour from Havana

Midway between Havana and the Vinales Valley, a semi-circular loop to the north of the main highway takes in the nearby destinations of Las Terrazas & Soroa.

Set within beautiful, densely forested hills, this area forms part of the UNESCO Sierra del Rosario Biosphere and is rightly popular with nature lovers. It can either be visited on a day trip from Havana or as part of a more general touring itinerary.

The area around Las Terrazas was once heavily cultivated for coffee and, once the soil eroded, the region suffered major de-forestation. The small, picturesque community of Las Terrazas lies at the heart of the successful attempt to return the area to its previous condition with most of its inhabitants either employed in the environment department or at the single, small hotel.

Built opposite a man-made lake, the surrounding area is home to plentiful birdlife, nature trails and a lovely stream in which it is possible to swim. A short drive from Las Terrazas, and a popular excursion, are the ruins of an old coffee plantation with panoramic views of the surrounding hills.

Nearby Soroa is known as the ‘Rainbow of Cuba’ and is home to the Soroa Botanical Gardens and an impressive orchid garden. With numerous rivers, all with crystal clear water, one of Soroa’s main draws is its 22 metre high waterfall, Salto del Arco Iris, at the base of which is a large pool suitable for swimming.

The nearest settlement to Soroa is the sleep village of Candelaria. However, the area around Las Terrazas and Soroa is very sparsely populated and is particularly well suited to visitors who have their own transport.

Both Las Terrazas and Soroa are just over an hour’s drive from both Havana and the Vinales Valley. Palma Rubia, the tiny dock for the island getaway of Cayo Levisa, is approximately 40 minutes’ drive.


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