When you think of Cuba, idyllic sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters may be the first thing to come to find. But this country is rich in other natural wonders, too.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the beautiful beach resorts and the large towns and cities, you can see a completely different side of the island. It’s brimming with natural parks and forests, and tucked away inside are cascading waterfalls, just ready and waiting for you to explore. And we’re sure you won’t want to miss them.
Let’s take a closer look at the most wonderful waterfalls in Cuba.
Dramatic and exhilarating
A quarter of Cuba’s Holguín province is covered in lush green forests, including the La Mensura National Park, which covers more than 8,000 hectares. It’s a popular place to visit from pretty beachside town of Guardalavaca nearby, and it’s well worth delving into the heart of this verdant forest to discover the spectacular Guayabo Falls.
The main viewing platform for the waterfall stands at 480 metres above sea level, and from here you’ll be rewarded with dramatic views. If you want to take a closer look, it’s also possible to swim in one of the pools at the top of the waterfall. But this is only safe when guides advise you to do so.
An isolated gem
Around half an hour outside Trinidad, in the Topes Collantes National Park, you can discover the path that leads you to the Salto del Caburni. The scenery is absolutely stunning, and you’ll walk by plenty of coffee plantations en route. When you arrive, you’ll see a glorious waterfall cascading from 64 metres high into the pristine pool below.
It takes quite a tough hike to reach it (it’ll take around 2 and a half hours, and that’s easy way), so this is definitely one for the more adventurous traveller. But that just makes it all the more rewarding when you finally arrive.
Hidden in the mountains
Around 95km from Havana, you’ll find one of the rainiest spots in Cuba: the mountainous region of Saroa. But this title shouldn’t put you off visiting, because this place is home to the Salto de Soroa waterfall. This thundering monster’s power varies according to how much rain has been falling.
Salto de Saroa falls over a protruding rock, and the pool below is shallow and hardly even deep enough for swimming. You can hop in if you like and take a closer look at the water fall, or climb to the top and take in the breath-taking view. You’ll need to be careful, though, as it’s steep and slippery.
Superb swimming spots
Last, but by no means least, there’s El Nicho waterfalls, near Cienfuegos. A winding road leads uphill to a magical spot where the water tumbles downhill and creates natural pools. The water’s pretty cold, but if you fancy a swim then go ahead. Or just sit back and enjoy the incredible setting.
It’s best to arrive as early as you can in order to avoid the crowds. Even though this place is well and truly tucked away, it’s surprising how busy it can get. Just remember that there’s a small entrance fee to the El Nicho park (because it’s maintained by the local authority), but it’s well worth paying to see such an amazing natural beauty.