Las Terrazas National Park Highlights
Las Terrazas was once a deforested landscape of scrubby grassland in western Cuba, just 74km from Havana, however the area was chosen by Fidel Castro as the site for an experiment in re-establishing the forests and original lush tropical vegetation, using a terrace technique on the hillsides. The project was a huge success, gaining interest from around the world and UNESCO designated the local community and its land a biosphere reserve in 1985.
Now it stands testament to the robust vibrancy of nature, with a rich variety of flora and fauna, deep lakes, rushing streams and walking trails. It has become a very popular tourist attraction, and our guests choose to stay here to relax and admire the beauty of the local countryside in the cool climate, or take part in outdoor activities such as walking and trekking, birdwatching, horse riding, biking and taking the longest zip wire ride in Cuba across the lake.
There is also a small, typical country community living close to the Moka Hotel where clients stay when visiting the reserve, and can enjoy a number of restaurants and bars, coffees shops and galleries within the community. Locals are welcoming and friendly, and eager to meet visitors.
The local guides are dedicated and passionate about the reserve and have fantastic local knowledge. They can also show the partially restored coffee plantation buildings that stand testament to the close relationship with coffee and the former slave trade in this area of Cuba. You can rise early for guided birdwatching, walking trails, or take a short climb to the top of the Taburete Mountain, the location of Che Guevara’s revolutionary training sessions before the failed Bay of Pigs US backed invasion. You can then relax afterwards at the beautiful and peaceful San Juan River.
Las Terrazas has a number of interesting and unique restaurants to enjoy, including a traditional Cuban restaurant at the home of a local farmer, and a very popular organic vegetarian restaurant that’s sources its ingredients from the local area and serves tasty dishes, even for the non-vegetarian.
A totally unique experience in Cuba, a few nights at Las Terrazas is certainly worthwhile and enjoyable.
Accommodation in Las Terrazas National Park
Our Most Popular Las Terrazas National Park Experiences
We can organise before you travel to Cuba, a wide range of fantastic experiences that can be completely tailored for you.Take advantage of our friendly and knowledgeable pre-booking service and save time making arrangements during your holiday.
We can also pre-book Cuba's amazing private hidden away restaurants (paladars), which are highly recommended, extremely popular and get booked up well in advance. Talk to our team about adding experiences and restaurants to your booking.
An Idyllic Day in the Countryside at the Las Terrazas National Reserve
An introduction to this unique biosphere reserve, one of the most important in Latin America. Visit the coffee plantation, discover the fascinating history of Cuba’s coffee production an industry so closely linked to the slave trade, explore the local lakeside village of Las Terrazas.
Bird Watching Trail
The National Reserve is blessed with approximately 120 species of both migratory and endemic Cuba birds as well as a rich diversity of flora and fauna. This tour comes with a local specialist guide who will give a detailed insight into the local natural environment.
Las Terrazas Zip Wire
An exhilarating zip wire canopy tour (payable locally) through the tree tops and across the lake. Three long rides await with stunning views.
Soroa and Candelaria Tour
A fascinating tour visiting Soroa the ‘Rainbow of Cuba’ named due to the beauty and colours of the area. Visit the famous Orchidarium and botanical garden where up to 300 different species of orchids are found. Take a short trail to the impressive Soroa waterfall.
A Walk to the Las Delicias Viewpoint
The trail ascends the Las Delicias Hill through tropical vegetation, when the viewpoint is reached there are excellent views down to the valley of the San Juan river. You will then descend for approximately 1.5 km until you reach the restored Buenavista coffee plantation buildings.
A Walk to the Ruins of the Santa Serafina Coffee Plantation
You will start the trail alongside the San Juan river and through the valley. After approximately 3 km you reach the ghostly ruins of the Santa Serafina coffee plantation, then descend to the end of the walk at the Curujey Ranch.
A Walk to the Ruins of the San Idelfonso and Contento Coffee Plantations
A longer walk that takes you in a meandering trail around the base of the El Taburete hill passing through dense tropical countryside that was the training ground for Che Guevera and his soldiers as they prepared for a US invasion in the early 1960s.
A Day on the Paradise Island of Cayo Levisa
A beautiful paradise island, Cayo Levisa boasts over two miles of gorgeous un-spoilt beach lapped by the clear warm waters. A great location for a range of watersports and scuba diving or just relaxing.
Climb El Taburete Hill
This walk takes you to the top of the Al Taburete mountain which affords excellent views across the reserve. It is on this mountain that Che Guevera spent time training and living with his fellow revolutionary soldiers as they prepared for the invasion of Cuba.
Tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vinales Valley
A classic introduction with a few unique and exclusive extras. The tour takes in the world-famous tobacco plantations, Dos Hermanos Valley, El Palenque De Los Cimarrones, El Indio caves and much more.
Cuba’s World-Famous Tobacco Tour
A specialist tour for those with a keen interest in cigars or wish to see behind the scenes on how one of the world’s most luxury products is produced. Visit either Hector Luis Prieto or the legendary plantation of Roberto Robaino.