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Cuba: Las Terrazas

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.

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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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