Cuba Las Terrazas
This UNESCO biosphere reserve bursts with tropical flora and fauna, hidden lakes, gurgling streams and winding footpaths.
Once a deforested landscape of scrubby grassland in western Cuba, just 74km from Havana, Las Terrazas was chosen by Castro as the site for an experiment in re-establishing the original lush tropical vegetation. The project was a success and UNESCO designated the community and its land a biosphere reserve in 1985. Now it is testament to the robust vibrancy of nature, with a rich variety of flora and fauna, silvery lakes, rushing streams and winding walking trails. It’s a popular tourist attraction, and visitors flock here to relax in the cool climate or take part in outdoor activities such as horse riding swimming, biking and canyoning.
Holidays Las Terrazas
From expertly designed Private Journeys to trail-blazing Group Tours, browse our range of carefully crafted holidays.
Family Cuba: Salsa, beach and vintage cars
15 days from £3,076pp
Self-drive Cuba: Best of the west
13 days from £1,550pp
Signature Cuba: The best of the highlights
14 days from £2,310pp
Signature Cuba: The complete Cuba
18 days from £2,770pp
Where to go when - our guide to Las Terrazas
The weather in Las Terrazas is wide and varied
This UNESCO biosphere reserve bursts with tropical flora and fauna, hidden lakes, gurgling streams and winding footpaths. Rainfall and cloud cover is more frequent here than other parts of the island. Most visitors arrive between December - May, which offers the sunniest, driest weather perfect for horse riding, biking and canyoning. From June to November, the rainy season ushers in wetter weather and high humidity, with the possibility of hurricanes and storms from August - November.View our Las Terrazas weather guide
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