Departing from Havana at approximately 08:00 hrs., we pass through the exclusive Playa district, where the mansions are incredible and are mainly Ambassadors residences! We then head into the rural province of Pinar del Río and our first stop will be at Las Terrazas, a UNESCO preserved Eco Reserve where there is also a small rural community overlooking a large lake and surrounded by forested hills.
After a brief introduction to the workings of the Reserve, one of the most important in Latin America, we can visit the partially restored coffee plantation house set on the hilltop with great views to the coast. Here you will learn a little about Cuba’s association with coffee production and the slave trade. Returning to the village, the more adventurous can take an exhilarating wire canopy tour through the tree tops and across the lake! There will also be time to explore the village, enjoy a lovely coffee and snack at Maria’s coffee shop or browse the local artisan workshops.
Afterwards we will take a short detour to the Botanical Gardens at Soroa, the largest collection of Orchids that can be found in Latin America. With magnificent views of the rolling palm clad hills of the Sierra Del Rosario the gardens are beautiful and contain over 700 species of Orchid alone! We can also enjoy a short walk to the impressive Soroa waterfall, a tranquil setting in a sub-tropical valley.
Continuing down the “autopista” we will then take the road to Viñales and climb up into the mountains towards the spectacular Viñales Valley where we will drop you off at the accommodation of your choice at approximately 14:00 hrs.
Transport as required with driver/ guide, entrance, briefing and tour of Las Terrazas National Reserve with a local guide. Welcome cocktail at Las Terrazas, entrance to Soroa Orchid gardens and waterfall.
Drinks and snacks at Las Terrazas, Canopy Ride, tips to driver or local guide.
Private Sightseeing Transfer:
By booking the tour on a private basis you have the flexibility to stay longer at Las Terrazas, enjoy a cooling swim in the San Juan river or take one of the walks/ treks in the reserve, which would require pre booking, prices available on request.
Lunch can also be pre booked which is required in the reserve and we recommend the Campesino restaurant in a local farm, by the San Juan River or at the unique Organic vegetarian restaurant which serves a fascinating lunch of locally produced dishes that even the most avid meat eater will find to their liking. At all lunch venues a set three course lunch menu is £14 including one drink.
You could also visit the Soroa Botanical gardens housing over 700 species of Orchid, the Soroa waterfall and in the city of Pinar del Río, close to Viñales you could also enjoy a short tour and a visit to a working cigar factory. All these options are available for local payment at the location. Please do advise us in advance if you are interested in these extra visits so we can brief your driver.