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Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean, with a total land area of over 110,000 sq km to explore. The country's lush and varied landscape consists of pristine beaches, soaring mountains, dense forests, fertile plains, vast wetlands, subterranean caves, craggy mogotes (Cuba's unique, flat-topped hills) and even a semi-arid desert.

Much of Cuba's walkable terrain is ecologically vulnerable, the natural habitat of over 350 species of birds alone, as well as a vast array of endemic and endangered flora and fauna. In fact, with six UNESCO bio-reserves and numerous national parks, fully 10% of the country is under environmental protection.

Trails are plentiful and guides are friendly and knowledgeable, whether you're looking for an overnight adventure (such as the climb to the top of Pico Torquino, Cuba's highest mountain peak) or a pleasant afternoon communing with nature – in the Reserva Ecológica Varahicacos near Varadero, for instance.

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Baracoa

El Balcon de Iberia

This is a hiker’s paradise. The trail leads through the spectacular Parque Nacional Alejandro de Humboldt (Alexander von Humboldt National Park), which UNESCO recognizes as “one of the most biologically diverse tropical islands sites on earth.” Careful where you step: you will pass some of the world’s smallest vertebrates on your way to the El Majá Waterfall, which cascades over 82 feet.

El Yunque (The Anvil)

A vegetation-rich trail that runs through the Quibiján-Duaba Ecological Reserve leads to El Yunque. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars: this is a bird-watching hot spot. Once you reach the tabletop, you’ll have a great view of the Duaba and Toa Rivers, as well as Parque Nacional Alejandro de Humboldt (Alexander von Humboldt National Park).


Trinidad

Salto del Caburni

Salto del CaburniHike to the top of Salto del Caburni, which at 75-metres is among the tallest waterfalls in the Caribbean.

Escambray

Escambray - HikingThe Sierra del Escambray mountain range offers an extensive network of trails for your hiking pleasure.