Soroa and its neighbor, Las Terrazas, are natural landscapes of great beauty and diversity, considered Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Both are located in the municipality of Candelaria, Artemisa Province, which is located in the Sierra del Rosario Mountains. It takes from less than 1 hour and half from Havana to Soroa.
The frequent rains in this area (more than 1300mm annually) contribute to the growth of trees and orchids.
Soroa Orchidarium is considered the most important in the country and actually, it is considered one of biggest in the whole country, with near 500 species. It’s well-kept and great to wander around or sit down enjoying the environment.
El Salto del Arco Iris, a fascinating 22.95 meters waterfall or the Castillo de las Nubes, a romantic imitation of a Medieval castle with an excellent view of the landscape are places that you have to visit if you come to Soroa. Definitely, nature in this area can give you a great opportunity to have an experience that you will not find in any other place in the world.
Impressive ruins of 19th Century coffee plantations, San Juan river, and a wide variety of flora and fauna make the typical rural community of Las Terrazas one of the most beautiful places to visit. Also, the Café de María is waiting for you, a place in which you cannot only drink the best coffee of the area but also get involved with people and the excellent rural atmosphere of the community. I am sure that this can be an experience that you will not forget.
Apart from the popular 800-meter long Canopy (“Zipline”) tour in which you can enjoy magnificent views of the landscape, Las Terrazas also offers some other attractions that catch the attention of tourist who visit this area every year.
For example, the home of the singer Polo Montañez illustrates the amazing culture and tradition of the area. The meteoric popularity of this folk singer made his lyrics to be heard everywhere. After his tragic death in 2002, his house became a kind of museum. The workroom of the painter Lester Campa is a place in which you can appreciate paints with different meanings and increase your knowledge about Cuban culture and Cuban art expressions. The projects of this extraordinary artist have being exposed in countries like United States, Qatar, Mexico, Panama and many others.
Definitely, La Sierra del Rosario and specifically, Soroa and Las Terrazas can be an experience that you will never forget. If you are looking for a quiet place in which you can be in direct contact with nature, this is your opportunity.
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