Visiting Soroa - Cubaꞌs Rainbow

Soroa Waterfall, CubaContinuing the journey from Las Terrazas Resort to the rural countryside of Soroa is very simple and you have two options for extending your journey. You can do this either by leaving the San Juan river valley to take the mountain routes which are not in good condition and can be easy to get lost but are by far the quickest route; or by leaving the eco tourist resort and heading back towards the Pinar del Río motorway. Just 8 km down, you will find a gas station and small market with a road leading directly to the Soroa paradise eco resort.

This road will lead travellers through stunning Cuban nature environment, then back into the Biosphere Reserve Rosario Mountain Range and through Soroa village to finally arrive at the eco Cuban tourist attraction. Right at the entrance leading to Soroa waterfall, you will see El Salto restaurant and a parking area. From here onwards you will have to move forward on a walking tour along hiking trails with a varied natural environment to enjoy. The outdoor excursions and trekking options available around this Cuban landscape green scenery include:

  • Walking tour of the Soroa waterfall
  • Visit to the Orchids Garden
  • Horseback riding tours (depart from the parking area)
  • Venus Natural View Point Excursion
  • Eco trip to the Sulfur Springs
  • Visit to the Las Nubes Castle

Soroa Waterfall CubaVisiting the 21 metre high waterfall is an adventure in itself and one of the great Cuban landscape marvels. At certain times of day the sun's rays hit the cascading water forming an enormous rainbow which is why Soroa is often referred to as Cuba’s Rainbow.

The entrance to Soroa Waterfall costs between 3-7 CUC per person depending on the season. You will have to walk along a concrete path with approximately 250 steps to reach the best viewing spots. After reaching the top of the waterfall savour the nature beauty with magnificent views, you can easily get down to the natural pool from here, which is well worth a dip at any time of the year. It's a wonderfully relaxing and enjoyable spot to soak up the serenity in a tropical setting surrounded by lush vegetation.

When you've had enough of the green scenery take the chance at the end of the walking trail to pick up some locally grown fruit from the vendors close to the entrance.

Flower and garden lovers or those interested in bird watching in Cuba will love the variety of the world-famous Soroa Orchids Garden, superbly maintained to provide a natural environment, as well as the conservation of many Cuban national orchids.

The green tourism potential of such a colorful garden makes it an eco paradise, containing more than 700 species of plants and orchids from every continent on display. Among the outstanding fauna of the park is one of the smallest frogs in the world and over 70 different types of bird have been seen in the region. Admission varies between 3-5 CUC per person depending on the season.

Well worth a break and clearly marked at 1.7 km The Venus Natural View Point is a balcony which offers some of the best views of the Rosario Mountain Range. Soroa also boasts 'healinhg' mineral waters in the form of sulfur springs which are ideal to sooth your aching muscles.

The 'Castle in the Clouds' has been restored and is now a restaurant serving local and international cuisine which offers a magnificent view of the Rosario Mountain Range from its terrace.

soroa orchids garden in CubaMany locals in Cuba travel on bikes and horse-drawn carriages in the dark along the highway leading to the park, as most have no lights or means or signalling, it is always safer to be on your way home before nightfall.

Soroa, considered a Biosphere Natural Reserve, is a rural tourism destination of immense beauty and importance for nature lovers, combining a large variety of tropical flora and a vast array of bird watching opportunities. It's an ideal spot to enjoy a splendid and unexpected ecological environment, well-suited for hiking and walking with a relaxing dip in its healing waters to finish.

While Cuba may be considered by many to be a more historical destination the natural environment of Soroa is a unique tourist destination, which is beginning to draw visitors and hikers from around the world to this magic eco adventure destination.

It is recommended to bring light clothing, a bathing suit, sunglasses and headware, along with sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes.

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