Just an hour’s drive west of Havana, lies Soroa, a stunning natural area of rolling hills and beautiful tropical scenery, known as ‘Cuba’s rainbow’ for its spectacular array of colours. A designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Soroa is home to Cuba’s largest botanical garden; this peaceful natural location is surrounded by coffee plantations and home to tall trees and orchids. The area inherited its name from the French settler called Jean-Pierre Soroa, who owned a 19th-century coffee plantation nearby.
Closely situated to Las Terrazas National Reserve, this tiny dwelling has just a smattering of private homes and casa particulares and one simple hotel in a picturesque location where tranquillity and calm reign. Soroa is an ideal base to explore the nearby area of Las Terrazas or enjoy an overnight stay on a journey through the serene and soothing west of Cuba.
Visitors come here to marvel at the natural beauty of the area which is surrounded by rivers and mountains, but most popular are the Soroa Botanical Gardens and Orchidarium, one of the largest in the Americas, and the 20 meter El Salto del Arco Iris waterfall. This stunning area has many opportunities for flora and fauna enthusiasts, walkers and cyclists.