Topes de Collantes: Nature, Health, and Events
Topes de Collantes is a Nature Reserve park situated in the Guamuhaya mountain range. It covers a surface of more than 20,000 hectares, through the provinces of Villa Clara, Cienfuegos and Santi Spíritus, and with elevations that range between 250 and 900 meters from sea level. This is where the Topes de Collantes Tourist center is located.
This protected area stands out for the richness and exclusivity of its biodiversity and possesses an attractive landscape shaped by exuberant forests. This impressive mountainous ecosystem has imposing elevations, wide valleys, countless endemic flora and fauna, as well as transparent rivers and creeks that form picturesque falls and natural wells. It is a spectacular setting for cave tourism, bird watching, camping, horseback-riding, hiking, and more.
Five nature reserves exist here: Altiplano, El Cubano, Guanayara, Codina and El Nicho. For comfortable accommodation, the Los Helechos Hotel provides 41 double rooms, 6 suites and 58 villas with air-conditioning, satellite TV, phone, minibar, restaurant with buffet and à la carte menu, lobby bar, swimming pool and disco.
There is also Villa Caburní with 29 air-conditioned appartments with bath, satellite TV, minibar, dining room, private parking, bar, and restaurant with buffet and à la carte menu.
Outside the protected area, as a nautical alternative, Cayo Las Iguanas is about 15 miles from the Ancon Peninsula, a small paradise that seems to float in the blue waters of the Caribbean.
Thanks to its climatic conditions and healthy ambience, there is a National Center for Health Rehabilitation in Topes de Collantes. It is located at the Kurhotel Escambray, a 4-star establishment for long stays, with rehabilitation and revitalization services, several health programs and accommodations and gastronomy catered to the type of treatment.
Among the most popular is the weight-loss program for people between 15 and 60 years of age, with no physical limitations or illnesses that might limit the exercise plan. In addition, there is a revitalization and anti-stress program for those who are 15 and over, as well as a musculoskeletal program that benefits patients also 15 and over with diseases such as osteoarthrosis or uncomplicated osteoporosis, those with problems due to oldm injuries, problems with and back pain and more.
To facilitate different types of events, the Kurthotel Escambray has three lounges with a capacity of 40 to 60 persons and a theater with 280 armchairs and guaranteed availability of technological facilities.
In addition, the Topes de Collantes Tourism Center hosts the annual International Nature Photography Contest that the Gaviota Group S.A. organizes, and which will be held this year from September 15 to September 20.