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Ecotourism

Holguín’s carefully guarded forests, protecting over 100 different species of endemic plants, present great eco-tourism opportunities. Hike down an eco-archeological trail leading straight to a lighthouse, visit an mountain research centre, or feel dwarfed by Cuba’s highest waterfall.

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National Parks

Parque Nacional Sierra del Cristal

Parque Nacional Sierra del Cristal

Cuba’s oldest national park, established in 1930, is home to Holguín’s highest peak, the Pico de Cristal.

Parque Nacional La Mensura

Parque Nacional La Mensura

Inhale the rich pine scent in this heavily forested 5,300-hectare park south of Mayari. Stop by the mountain research centre of Pinares de Mayarí (Minari Pinegroves), which was modeled after an Alpine mountain hut. You can also hike to the foot of Cuba’s tallest waterfall, Salto del Guayabo.

Parque Nacional Monumento Bariay

The Parque Nacional Monumento Bariay was erected in 1992 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ arrival at this spot in Holguín. This multi-purpose park also houses an archeological museum, models of huts and a 19th century Spanish fort.


Nature

Salto del Guayabo

Salto del Guayabo

Gaze up at Cuba’s highest waterfall, which cascades from its 100-metre perch in the Sierra del Cristal. Take a guided tour through the surrounding forest to see the abundance of native plants that thrive in this alpine microclimate.

Grupo Maniabón

Grupo Maniabón

Ride a steam train through this majestic, mogote-lined mountain range northeast of the city of Holguín.

Las Guanas Eco-Archaeological Trail

Las Guanas Eco-Archaeological Trail

This winding trail near Playa Esmeralda takes you past 14 endemic plant species and leads to a spectacular bluff with a picturesque lighthouse.