Choose Las Terrazas 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.
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.