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.
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
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.
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.
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.