Cuba’s Scenic Beauty: Topes de Collantes National Park

Topes de Collantes National Park, located in the mountainous Guamuhaya group or Sierra del Escambray, has caves, narrow rivers of fast flow, beautiful waterfalls and waterfalls such as Caburní, which are integrated into a unique whole to offer visitors the most comprehensive sample of Cuban nature and the scenic beauty of this Caribbean Island.

Nature tourism
Topes de Collantes is home to 45% of the island’s endemic birds, more than 15 species of pines, and approximately 100 varieties of plants

It represents a paradise in the province of Sancti Spíritus, about 800 meters above sea level and declared a Protected Natural Landscape, a management category granted by the National Center for Protected Areas.

It is located about 20 kilometers from the city of Trinidad, founded in 1514 by the Adelantado Diego Velázquez, and about 350 kilometers east of Havana.

It has about 12 thousand hectares of extension and numerous endemic species of flora and fauna of the country.

The Salto del Caburní represents one of the idyllic spots of the National Park. It stands out as a site that although it is about seven kilometers from the hotels in the area, it is an opportunity to appreciate the variety of endemic birds of the Greater Antilles, such as the tocororos and cartacubas, which make their usual flights in this landscape, symbol of the Guamuhaya Massif for its majesty.

Those who take the path that leads to this place of enchantment are engrossed in watching the giant trees and ferns, pines, eucalyptus and bamboo of various types, while observing mollusks, butterflies, caterpillars, orchids and other species.

Due to the humid climate and low temperatures, the mountain massif acquires a penetrating greenness; at the same time you can breathe and feel how the pure and clean oxygen of this unparalleled ecological reserve reaches your lungs.

Also in this area the visitor will find one of the main attractions of the route: a very well preserved aboriginal settlement of great archeological importance.

The cliff of the waterfall is 250 meters at its highest point, so it represents a great natural attraction in itself.

It flows down the waterfall and splits into a series of smaller pools before continuing its way down a long slope, which concludes in the large natural pool at the foot of the main fall.

Nothing stops eco-tourism lovers, who can’t resist the urge to take a dip in these waters, as it is a triumph for the adventurers who made the long trek.

Afterwards, it is normal to see a few people enjoying the rays of the Astro King lying on the rocky and smooth slopes of the waterfall, taking a nap under the protection of nature, listening to the birds singing and enjoying the freshness of this region.

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