Villa Paradiso

A unique bed & breakfast, a lovely guesthouse in Baracoa, Cuba

Tag: Nature Tourism


A Road Trip Around Cuba’s Far, Far East


A Cuba road trip of your dreams – from Baracoa across the Sierra del Purial mountains to the Maisí-Caleta Ecological Reserve and the deep blue Windward Passage, then back to Baracoa along the Atlantic coastline and through verdant valleys… Here’s our travel photography & nature photography album, plus our field notes for this rare, unique […]

Birding in Loma de Piedra Trail in Baracoa, Cuba


Cuba is a birdwatching paradise in the insular Caribbean. The Baracoa region offers birding and twitching adepts a wide range of bird species to discover in various protected areas and types of habitats. Indeed, a large number of resident birds, including beautiful endemic species and sub-species can be observed in our region – not to […]

15 spectacular hikes in Baracoa, Cuba


If you enjoy hiking, the Baracoa region in Eastern Cuba offers you a nice range of trails to discover. Here are 15 of these hikes, from easy to intermediate to more demanding – all of them quite enjoyable! Baracoa is the greenest region in Cuba. When you hike into one of its several protected areas, […]

Baracoa 2018 in Review – Best Pictures, Shout-Outs and More!


What better way to celebrate and thank our guests, partners and friends than to share our best Baracoa pictures from 2018! May this slide show reach you with our affection – you made our 2018 a very special year we will remember fondly! Baracoa – a bottomless treasure trove of wonderful experiences In 2018 we […]

Ecological Farmers in Humboldt Park


Different from what happens in other countries, Cuba’s national parks and biosphere reserves not only allow you to discover unique fauna and flora species – you can also visit farmer families living in their midst. Established in those territories way before they were designated as protected areas, such small communities develop a conservation culture and […]

Cyathea arborea

From River Toa to Quibijan – Tropical Forests and Agro-Ecology


When you come to Baracoa you’ll be at the gates of Cuchillas del Toa Biosphere Reserve, one of Cuba’s most beautiful and off-the-beaten-path protected areas. River Toa’s basin features the most transparent waters and the greenest forests in the country. River Toa’s last 20 km before reaching the sea are flanked by populated, fertile and […]

River Las Minas – the Beauty of the Charrascal Flora


River Las Minas is rather modest in length but just as pristine as any other one in Baracoa! It is seldom mentioned, compared to other famous ones such as rivers Duaba, Toa or Yumurí. It runs along a beautiful valley between mountains and it is surrounded by a set of Cuban endemic flora species called […]

Pozo Azul & Punta de Maisi – Where Cuba Begins


Now that you’ve made it to Baracoa, why not venture to the island’s tip, where Cuba begins, where the sun rises? Punta de Maisi lies at the country’s frontier, facing the Windward Passage – and very nearby lies wonderful Pozo Azul. Only a minute proportion of travellers explore the region beyond the Yumuri Canyon. Very […]

Mapurisi Beach – Baracoa Off the Beaten Path


Off-the-beaten-track Mapurisi beach is a little paradise in the small town of Nibujon, at the gates of Baracoa’s Alexander Humboldt National Park. There is no tourism infrastructure nor services here – just you and the wild coast to explore and enjoy. Baracoa has other beautiful, undeveloped beaches with some basic services such as family-run restaurants […]

From Villa Paradiso: Thank You 2017, Welcome 2018!


This year our guests kept telling us they were extremely happy to have stayed at Villa Paradiso. We were fortunate to welcome wonderful solo travelers, couples, groups of friends and families and we are grateful for each and everyone’s visit. Several words come over and over again in the reviews posted by our guests: location, […]

La Farola, from Santiago de Cuba to Baracoa


The route to Baracoa from Santiago de Cuba encompasses some of the most beautiful roads in Cuba. The southern coast of Guantanamo province features karst formations right by the deep blue of the Caribbean, while the legendary La Farola road crowns the trip meandering between the green Sierra del Purial mountains. Throughout the 250 km […]

Yumuri Canyon and the Belete Waterfalls


Yumuri Canyon has always been a popular excursion for travellers who come to Baracoa. That said, only a few ones make it to the 20 meters-high Belete Waterfalls. Indeed, with its 911 hectares, the Yumuri Canyon Protected Area offers visitors everything from amazing lookout points, a boat ride on the river, bathing in emerald natural […]