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Cuba: Las Terrazas

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Once a deforested landscape of scrubby grassland in western Cuba, just 74km from Havana, Las Terrazas was chosen by Castro as the site for an experiment in re-establishing the original lush tropical vegetation. The project was a success and UNESCO designated the community and its land a biosphere reserve in 1985. Now it is testament to the robust vibrancy of nature, with a rich variety of flora and fauna, silvery lakes, rushing streams and winding walking trails. It’s a popular tourist attraction, and visitors flock here to relax in the cool climate or take part in outdoor activities such as horse riding swimming, biking and canyoning.

Our holidays to Las Terrazas

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Cuban Kids

Family Cuba: Salsa, beach and vintage cars

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15 days from £3,372pp

Cuba

Tocororo: Rum and revolution

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12 days from £1,998pp

Trinidad Cuba

Signature Cuba: Highlights of Castro's Cuba

Private journey

15 days from £2,914pp

Classic cars on the coast

Self-drive Cuba: Best of the west

Private journey

13 days from £1,960pp

Tailor-made holidays

We specialise in creating bespoke holidays designed according to your specific requirements.

Our tailor-made holiday service includes:

  • • A dedicated and friendly specialist to guide you through the planning process
  • • Our unrivalled knowledge of the region based on over 36 years' of expertise
  • • Access to the widest range of accommodation and activity options
  • • Your perfect itinerary, crafted exclusively for you

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What our experts say

Terrazas is Spanish for terraces, from which you can infer it’s a community (and hotel: La Moka) built into a wooded hillside. The small settlement was conceived as a project to be self-sufficient in fruit and vegetables, and which more recently has embraced ‘green tourism’, with walking-trails past raised cultivation beds (organopónicos) shaded by mahogany, avocado and grapefruit trees. There’s a duck and flamingo pond overlooked by Royal Palms and overflown by a zip-line (I didn’t try it). There’s even a wormery (lombricocultura). The ‘estate’ architecture, to be blunt, owes more to the brutalist social housing of 1960s in the UK than to workers’ cottages of a Downton Abbey, but this mixture of small-scale tourism and self sufficiency works.

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Food and Travel Magazine Readers' Awards - Tour Operator of The Year 2016

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