Inserted in an exuberant natural environment of spectacular landscapes and picturesque constructions, the Complejo Turístico Las Terrazas – in the heart of the Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra del Rosario reserve in the Artemisa Province – is a sustained development rural experience where dwellers harmoniously reconcile an ecological and cultural tourism offer, very recommended by TripAdvisor.
Las Terrazas rural tourism community founded in 1971, is considered the first Eco-Museum in Cuba, awarded the Unesco Conservation Prize. An axis of sustainable development supporting this peculiar project, it closes the cyle with its own tourism management, guaranteering the conservation of its heritage and insertion of new facilities.
Different tours with low to high difficulty degrees and from two to six hours length, satisfy a wide array of interests. Among most visited sites: the XIX century Buenavista coffee plantation built by French immigrants; the Las Terrazas community in close contact with its dwellers; the Callejón de la Moka and its commercial gallery; and the Baños de San Juan health resort of extraordinary beauty….
Tours to observe endemic flora and fauna are designed for visitors interested in nature and avid of adventure, these tours include observation of the Tocororo- Cuba´s national bird -, trekking along 6-9 km by Sendero la Serafina, Taburete and Las Delicias mountains, San Ildefonso coffee plantation ruins and the Valle del San Juan lookout. For reckless ones, we advise the Canopy Tour, a 1.6 km air cable sustained slope.
The house of Polo Montañez, a museum of sorts dedicated to his memory, is a luxury offer for culture lovers: the author of melodies like Flor pálida, Un montón de estrellas or La última canción, included in repertoires of well known contemporary singers worldwide, had in Las Terrazas his source of inspiration.
As for stayover offers, 4 stars Hotel Moka is an excellent choice, of audacious design and perfectly inserted in the natural environment. There is an additional offer of 11 rustic cabins close to the Río San Juan river and five other lodgings hosted by community dwellers, ideal for those who want to experience direct communication with local culture.
A dozen restaurants and small inns cater to visitors from morning to late night with menus including local and gourmet vegetarian, specialties’ and light food.
By: Josefina Pichardo