Healthy Hiking in Cuba

Healthy Hiking in Cuba

Attractions & Excursions

Text and photos by Roberto F. Campos

Cuba has many naturally wonderful sites that are ideal for both health tourism and hiking; two options increasingly enjoyed by visitors from all over the world.

With an area of over 110 thousand km2, Cuba has a fascinating natural environment that includes 6 Biosphere Reserves, 6 Ramsar Sites (wetlands), 2 Natural World Heritage Sites and 14 Natural Parks.

All reflect the political will of the Island‘s authorities to protect the environment.

Healthy Hiking in CubaSuch diversity ensures that the Cuban Tourism Ministry can offer a range of proposals, many of which include outdoor hiking.

Among the best sites for hiking are Centinelas del Río Melodioso and Los Helechos, in the central province of Villa Clara, an area recommended by experts for the viewing of geological formations and enjoyment of the local landscape, flora and fauna.

The name Centinelas del Río Melodioso is derived from the fact that hikers seem like sentries patrolling a river in the Guanayara Park, as they tread a 2km long path.