Soroa Travel Guide

  • Riverview.
    Riverview.
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  • In the garden of our casa.
    In the garden of our casa.
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  • El salto de Soroa.
    El salto de Soroa.
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Soroa Things to Do

  • El Mirador de Soroa.

    The trail starts at the same car park as the waterfall but goes straight across and costs nothing. The trail is pretty uneven all the way up though there is plenty of shade. We took roughly 40 mins to the top, with a stop to chat to the 2 vendors of fruit you'll find on your wap up there. Should be harder to get lost than find your way. TIP -...

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  • Orquideario de Soroa (Orchidarium)

    The largest botanical garden in Cuba and supposedly having 20.000 different species of plants and 700 of orchids. I was very disappointed on the whole with the garden. I know it was January but we were told that it was a decent season to visit, so this was one of the main objects of our passing through Soroa. In fact, I would say that our casa had...

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  • El Salto de Soroa.

    Just across the road from our casa, you need to cross the river by a bridge (same one that leads to the Mirador) turn right and find another small bridge behind the restaurant. Cross the bridge and there is a booth there, 3CUC per person. It's a nice walk through the trees on a path that's a little meandering back and forth until finally there is a...

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  • Treks in the Biosphere Reserve

    There are heaps of walks to be taken in the Reserve, many of them starting at Las Terrazas. It'll cost you US$3 to drive in (unless you are staying at Hotel Moka). There are many ruins in the hills - namely coffee plantations - which you can walk to, but make life easier and park/drive. The hills behind Moka rise to 560metres, those opposite are...

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  • Las Terrazas

    Built in 1971 as a forestry and soil conservation station, the small town is the main centre for the Biosphere Reserve and accommodation if you want to stay in the Biosphere. It's a well laid out little town centred round a lake. In addition to the superb Hotel Moka (see separate tip), you'll find a couple of restaurants, rowing on the lake, horse...

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  • Waterfalls

    Directly across the road from the Orquidarium is an old water mill and a lovely tree-covered walk along a stream to a series of small waterfalls.

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  • Orquidarium

    A botanic study centre for the raising of orchids (and other flora) is based in Soroa and is open to the public. Some 700 orchids are reared here, 250+ native to Cuba. Its a very pleasant way to spend a couple of hours wondering through the grounds.

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  • Taste the coconut water

    The water inside the coconuts is totally safe and clean. It works good for your kidneys. After drinking the ater, ask anyone to open the conconut and eat the white interior, isvery good. also with this white "meat" U can do coconut sweeet, tipycal in Cuba.

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  • Soroa waterfall, dry season

    This last time I was in Soroa was with the Vt member Laloz, his daughter and my girlfriend Galia. Compare this pic with the previous one. Whe went on dry season so the small stream was almost dry.

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  • Soroa waterfall

    A 15 meters high waterfall worht seeying in rainy season.I enjoy very much this place each time I goto Soroa. On dry season is small but nevertheless always a good place to refresh and swimm a litle bit. Take car becasue the rock are covered with moss and U could felt down.

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  • Walk to the top of the montain, 1 hour...

    Really nice view, may be you will be lucky and see the vultures flying around you! (not the place to have a BBQ ;) )

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  • Drink a fresh coconut inside the plant...

    It's so nice to stop and enjoy the nature, drinking a fresh coconut in this place.Choose the coconut WITH Ron (rhum) it's really really nice! (2 dollars)

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Soroa Hotels

  • Villa Soroa Hotel

    Carretera de Soroa Km 8, Soroa, Cuba, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 2.5 out of 5 stars

Soroa Restaurants

  • Little Choice

    As the Reserve closes in the evening, you are pretty limited if you are staying within the reserve's limits. (Rancho Curujey is only open during the day). The restaurant at the hotel, if lacking something in atmosphere, was, food-wise, surprisingly good. Live music every night too - Cuban folk.

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  • Music & open space

    Open to the elements timber cabin, nicely located in the middle of the Biosphere Reserve. Friendly, welcoming and live music entertainment! Simple BBQed meats and vegetables: nothing fancy but located where it is, in the miiddle of the Biosphere Reserve, you don;t really feel the need for anything more!

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Soroa Transportation

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    travelling in comfort

    by fjhart Written May 12, 2014

    We tried to book a seat on the Viazul Havana to Vinales bus that would have dropped us on the main road from what I could gather & the casa in Soroa was going to have a taxi waiting for us to take us the last few miles. Unfortunately the bus was full ( so book well in advance if you can) Our Casa owner in Havana (casa Pablo) ordered a very nice car instead which took us right to the door. This cost us about 60cuc which we didn't think was too bad & meant we didn't have to pay for a taxi to the bus station & hang around for ages. The driver we used in Soroa charged us less for the journey back. If you prefer the bus you can buy tickets from the bus station or some hotels in Havana. We were directed to the Hotel Telegrafo on Prado.

    Direct to the door Classic car
    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Birdwatching

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Soroa Warnings and Dangers

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    Road north from Soroa....

    by pfsmalo Written Apr 5, 2015

    If planning to to Las Terrazas from Soroa via Mercedita this road is virtually impassable by car, the potholes are gigantic and it would take hours. Much better and quicker to go via the motorway. Same goes for anyone wanting to go to Bahia Honda further north than Mercedita and then on to Cayo Levisa, much better to go round via San Diego de los Baños and La Palma. We lost so much time trying this and finished by going through Viñales to Puerto Esperanza and Cayo Jutias, so missing out completely on Cayo Levisa.
    Potholes are a danger and you'll even find them on the motorway so take it easy if you are driving.

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Soroa Tourist Traps

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    Waterfall : 3dollars .. not able to swim...

    by viny32 Written Nov 8, 2004

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    the water was too dirty... the way is 20 mins long, and it's up and down. And it's 3 dollars... (with a drink) but prefer to go to the plant museum and to see the beautifull view on the top of the montain!

    Unique Suggestions: don't go :)

    Fun Alternatives: see up

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Soroa Off The Beaten Path

  • Las Terrazas

    An eco-village that is based in a deforestation area about 20 kms from Soroa. Be warned that there is not much in the way of accomodation here and apart from hiking not much else to do or see except the lake. It is part of the Unesco Biosphere reserve and also has a zip-line canopy tour. At the top of the village there is a Cadeca, a small arts and...

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  • Exploring on foot

    Most people seem to visit Soroa by coach as a day trip from Havana, visit the Orchid garden get a horse back ride up to the Miramar for the views & then have a meal by the river before they are off again. Soroa is a lovely place & worth staying for two days at the least. There are plenty of places to walk, either with a guide to show you the birds...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Soroa Favorites

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    Messing about on the river

    by leffe3 Written Dec 7, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The forestry station of Las Terrazas is orientated towards the workers in the reserve. As a centre for more natural pursuits (hiking etc) there is little in the way of commercial tourism. Boating on the lake is one option: messing about on the water is another! horseriding through the forests is on offer, but mostly the area has tracks for you to drive the car and walk through the lovely countryside.

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