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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Alexander Humboldt National Park (Part 2)


Alexander Humboldt National Park embodies a unique approach to the relation between human beings and their environment.  A hike through the park offers you a living portrait of the coexistence of rural communities and natural wonders. An ever-growing harmony in view of conservation Roughly 3,000 people live within Alexander Humboldt National Park. Composed of agricultural, […]

Alexander Humboldt National Park (1)


With its various trails and a boat ride in Taco Bay, Alexander Humboldt National Park offers a range of options to those who would like to explore it. Declared by UNESCO a World Natural Heritage Site in 2001, the park is located within the Cuchillas del Toa Biosphere Reserve. Biodiversity, endemism, fertility and abundance Both […]

River Duaba and its Waterfalls – Baracoa’s Pristine Streams


Whoever has been fortunate to bathe in river Duaba will always remember the most clear and refreshing waters on these lands. Nothing compares to a sunny day in Baracoa’s tropical forest for a dive into the Duaba between rapids, waterfalls and lovely natural pools. Streaming down from the sierra heights Travellers who hike into the […]

Yara-Majayara • Baracoa, Cuba

Yara-Majayara – mangroves, caves & amazing panoramic views


Yara-Majayara is a protected area in Baracoa. It offers many riches to explore to those who love hiking, ecotourism, archaeology and cyclotourism. Its natural and cultural attractions include the delta of river Miel with its mangroves, a system of geological terraces with numerous caves, the diverse local flora, various little peasant communities, Boma Bay… As […]

El Yunque – Baracoa

From the summit of El Yunque, Baracoa’s iconic mount


Wherever you might be in the Baracoa region, the captivating sight of majestic mount El Yunque (The Anvil) seems to call you to hike to the summit through beautiful endemic flora and fauna. A strikingly iconic natural presence, El Yunque is closely tied to Baracoa’s identity. Baracoans consider it a symbol of our city and […]

Cycling In The Baracoa Region – Pure Bliss!


Cyclotourism in Baracoa is a pleasant activity for everybody. It doesn’t matter whether you are a great sports person or just a regular individual (like ourselves!) – the region offers bicycle rides for all types of people. Do you want to reach the River Duaba Waterfalls or the base of Mount El Yunque? Would you […]

2017: International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development


2017 was United Nations’ International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Nature tourism, ecotourism and adventure tourism are key components in the context of Cuba’s current strategy of sustainable tourism for development – and they are at the heart of the Baracoa region. One biosphere reserve, one national park, several protected areas Indeed, Baracoa is Cuba’s best-kept […]