Project Description

An Idyllic Day in the Countryside at the Las Terrazas National Reserve

Leaving Havana early in the morning an hour’s drive west will take you to the Las Terrazas National Reserve, an area of outstanding natural beauty. On arrival, there will be an introduction to this unique biosphere reserve, one of the most important in Latin America.

The day follows with a drive into the hills to visit the immaculately restored former French coffee plantation buildings dating back to the 19th Century. Here you will discover the fascinating history of Cuba’s coffee production an industry so closely linked to the slave trade and also admire the views across the reserve and over to the sea in the north.

Continuing the visit there will be time to explore the local lakeside village of Las Terrazas and meet some of the friendly local community. You can purchase a coffee at Maria’s coffee house so much better than Starbucks! Wander around the studio of the famous artist Lester Campa and visit the small pottery and handicraft stalls specializing in local handmade arts and crafts.

The more adventurous can pay a small supplement and embark on an exhilarating zip wire canopy tour through the tree tops and across the lake. Three long rides await with stunning views if you can keep your eyes open!

There will also be the chance to spend some time at the idyllic San Juan River where numerous pools allow the chance for a cooling swim in the clear waters or you can relax by the riverside and enjoy a few drinks at the local ‘ranchon’. The more active could take a walk further along the river banks and head towards the ruins of the La Victoria coffee plantations.

Lunch will be included during the day at one of the restaurants in the reserve, specialising in local cuisine. In the later afternoon as the day cools a transfer will take you back to Havana (approximate timings 8am to 5pm).

An area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Lovely Gardens, vernacular villages, rivers and waterfalls. Lots of fun for the whole family.

  • Frequency: Daily

  • Duration: Day Trip

  • Shared Excusion

  • Transfers: Included

  • Kids under 2 go free

  • Up to 40% discount on groups over 4 travellers

  • Highly Recommended

Optional Evening Extension

For a supplement, you can extend your stay at this most peaceful location and catch the late afternoon sun by the pool at the Moka Hotel or take a stroll to the lakeside bar the ‘Casa de Bote’ and relax as the afternoon turns to evening.

Return to Havana in the evening (approximate timings 8am to 9pm) after dinner in a local restaurant specialising in organic vegetarian cuisine.

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