The impression that the evergreen forests, rivers and crystal clear waterfalls gives are fantastic. Entering the community is to have the certainty that such beautiful sites really exist and that human efforts to protect such natural environment will persist. To breathe in Las Terrazas is to rejuvenate and feel a great spiritual enjoyment. In 1985, Unesco declared Las Terrazas “World Biosphere Reserve”.
After 2 days in Pinar del Rio, we went on to Soroa, where the nature becomes a bit more green and luxuriant. You will find some great spots with flower parks, waterfalls and lush nature. In Soroa there is a lot of Eco-Tourism, and we visited one of these places, Las Terrazas which is both a eco-park, and a place to stay. When we where there, there where no rooms available, so we where only there for a lunch and a quick look. The Hotel Moka is placed inside this vast park, where there is lakes, waterfalls and all the natural beauty you can imagine. This is really THE place to go if you are going to Cuba, so try to get a room here, and we are sure you will have a great time.
We had our lunch at a restuarant in the park, where they serve eco-food, purely vegetarian. We had some memorable dishes with eggplant and vegetables, and some fresh pressed juices. Let just say that is it not the place, where you ask for a coke. We did, and it almost costed us our seats at the table. Here it is only pure and eco-friendly foods you will find.
In Soroa we visited the flower park Natural Reserve Park, which is said to be the biggest orchid-park in the world. To be honest, the park is quite nice, there is some breathtaking views over the valleys tonnes of flowers, but we are quite sure, that is was not the biggest park in the world.
Just on the side of the road, you will find a walking path to a nice waterfall, but be very careful while walking out there, the steps can be slippery, and we came back with a torn ligament.
We stayed at Villa Soroa, some small bungalows, surrounding a swinningpool, a nice and cosy place for a single night stay-over. But are you going to stay here for several days – you should find some place better.
We spend 17 days in Cuba, driving round on the western and central part of the island. Driving in Cuba is a special experience. You must be prepared to meet cows walking on the highway, people waiting on the tarmac in the shades under the bridges, so there only is one lane free and trucks driving in the wrong side go the highway, because there is a gas-station a little further ahead in that side.. Anything you can imagine, there is a chance of meeting it. So stay sharp and alert at all times, and enjoy the fantastic world outside the car…