Topes de Collantes in the Sierra del Escambray mountain range is a traveler’s delight: it’s not only a bio-diverse natural park with many endemic species, it’s also close to the colonial city of Trinidad. Its outstanding natural beauty and healthy climate is especially inviting for hiking tours and those wanting to get off-the-beaten track.
Prior to the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, this area was divided between four smaller parks and inhabited mostly by coffee farmers. While this is a hiker’s paradise, it’s important to note that most serious hikes require a guide since not all trails are clearly marked.
One of the defining characteristics of Topes de Collantes is the quantity and quality of its waterfalls, some plunging over 60 meters into deep blue pools. The most spectacular include Salto Vega Grande, Salto Caburní and the multiple cascades of El Nicho .
Canyoning is a great outdoor activity and Topes de Collantes is one of the few places in Cuba where you have the opportunity to practice this extreme sport.
The Hacienda Codina is a ranch with several attractions including medicinal mud baths; medicinal and ornamental plant gardens, with a collection of more than 40 local orchid species, a bamboo grove, and a cave, where a secret passage ends in a natural viewpoint. From here you’ll see the Valle de los Ingenios and Trinidad, together a UNESCO World Heritage Site.