Exploring the wild side of Cuba

Most people head to Cuba to roam the bustling streets of Havana, to soak up the Latino culture and embrace a lifestyle like no other. But amongst the throng of the salsa rhythms, heady fumes of cigars and beeping horns of the Cadillac’s, there’s a wild side to Cuba waiting for you to explore.

Cuba Off the Beaten Path: Car in Havana with lighthouse
Car in Havana with lighthouse

As one of the greenest islands in the Caribbean, Cuba has so much scenery to be explored. Book now with Cuba Holidays, there are over 263 protected natural areas to visit making it the ideal destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. With a lack of development across the country as a whole, some amazing wildlife has been drawn to inhabit the Cuban countryside making it the perfect location for spotting some of the rarest animals in the world.

Cuba Off the Beaten Path: Cuban Flag
Cuban Flag

Cuba Off the Beaten Path

Vinales Valley

The famous valley is packed with Cuban landmarks and definitely worth visiting on your trip. The valley is as much of a history lovers experience as a natural wonder, as a UNESCO world heritage site it’s essential that you make it a stop that’s high up on your Cuban itinerary. The rolling fields lead to the infamous tobacco plantations where the world’s finest tobacco grows to make the incredible Cuban cigars which are coveted the world over. Amassing a phenomenal 132 square kilometres amongst the rolling fields and picturesque mountains there are small Cuban villages inhabited by locals who spend their lives on the tobacco plantations.

Cuba Off the Beaten Path: Beach in Cuba
Beach in Cuba


In the valley there’s so much to do from hiking to rock climbing, caving and horse riding. Whether you want to trek through the mountains or burrow through caves where slaves once hid, there’s something for everyone. A must see is the stunning El Mural de la Prehistoria, a mural painted on to the rocks by Cuban artist Leovigildo González Morillo. It depicts the evolution of earth from prehistoric times until humans arrived.

Cuba Off the Beaten Path: Mural de la Prehistoria by Cuban artist Leovigildo González Morillo
Mural de la Prehistoria by Cuban artist Leovigildo González Morillo: Photo on Flickr by Alexander Klink / CC BY 4.0

Waterfalls and trails

On top of 6 amazing biospheres, there’s also an amazing array of waterfalls not to be missed in Cuba. Thanks to the spectacular cliffs, there are beautiful green pools and marine terraces not to be missed. Go walking to any of the natural parks and you’ll be able to fine a stunning waterfall with many giving you the amazing opportunity to swim in the caves. Check out the botanical gardens on a nature trail and explore all the amazing natural wonders Cuba has to offer.

About James Crier

I'm 22 year old history graduate keen to share my travel ambitions and experiences in informal yet informational contributions to this site. I have in the past stayed in a variety of accommodations ranging from luxurious 5 star hotels to the most basic of youth hostels, in destinations all around the world including Paphos, Paris, London Sardinia, New York and Amsterdam. My contributions will not be limited to these locations however as I have a an in-depth knowledge of many other countries and cities and I aim inspire fellow Travel enthusiasts to pursue their travel ambitions!

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