Soroa Things to Do

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    El Mirador de Soroa.

    by pfsmalo Written Apr 4, 2015

    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 - follow the horse s**t as there are a few horses that make the trip. There's a corral at the bottom and it'll cost you around 5 CUC for the ride up and down, although there is still a climb up some very rough stairs to reach the very top. There is a fine view over the mogotes and the plain to Pinar del Rio. Be very careful at the top as there is a very steep drop-off to one side where the turkey vultures are drifting about in the wind. There is another vendor of jewellery at the top.
    Probably the most interesting thing we did in Soroa.

    Directions: From the motorway it is about 8 kms to the turn-off to the right. If you come to the Orchidarium, you're slightly too far.

    View of the rocky and uneven trail 2nd vendors stand (10 mins to the top from here) View over the plain Crumbling and cracked stairs to the top. Turkey vulture

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    Orquideario de Soroa (Orchidarium)

    by pfsmalo Written Apr 4, 2015

    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 more orchids flowering than this orchidarium. It may be better in a different month, but certainly we came away feeling frustrated. It is of course a lovely setting off the main road and covers the side of a hill.

    Cost is 3 CUC per person for entrance.

    Directions: On the left coming from the motorway, just before the Villas Soroa.

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    El Salto de Soroa.

    by pfsmalo Written Apr 4, 2015

    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 clearing with a coconut and orchid seller and a view to the lower cascade. A few more minutes takes you to the main fall. Whilst not spectacular, it is worth the walk. Possibility to use the WC at the restaurant.

    Directions: In the what may be called the centre of Soroa, 200 metres before the turnoff for the Orchidarium.

    Soroa waterfall. Brown Anole (Anolis Sagrei)

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    Treks in the Biosphere Reserve

    by leffe3 Written Aug 20, 2006

    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 lower lying - 380 metres. You get great views over the town looking across to Loma del Salon (highest point).

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    Las Terrazas

    by leffe3 Written Aug 20, 2006

    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 treks thorugh the biosphere and numerous walks /drives into the Reserve beginning at the town.

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    Orquidarium

    by leffe3 Updated Aug 20, 2006

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    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.

    Address: Main street in Soroa

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    Taste the coconut water

    by russian_yaz Written Apr 25, 2005

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    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.

    Drinking coconut water
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    • Hiking and Walking

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    Soroa waterfall

    by russian_yaz Written Apr 25, 2005

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    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.

    Soroa waterfall
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    • Hiking and Walking

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    Waterfalls

    by leffe3 Updated Aug 20, 2006

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    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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    Soroa waterfall, dry season

    by russian_yaz Written Apr 25, 2005

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    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.

    Soroa waterfall on dry season
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    • Horse Riding

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

    by viny32 Written Nov 8, 2004

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    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 museum...

    by viny32 Written Nov 8, 2004

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    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)

    Paxcal and I

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    Plant Museum

    by viny32 Written Nov 8, 2004

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    There you could discover many different kind of plant, from every part of the world ... it's really nice

    Directions: Soroa ueh ... just ask ... lol (like evreywhere in cuba)

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