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Cuba: A Bet on the Environment

Central Cuba, known for its natural wealth, cultural and traditional values and excellent beaches, offers one-of-a-kind options for tourists who want to be in direct contact with the natural environment.

In Sancti Spiritus province is Topes de Collantes, one of the areas that complements the tourist options offered by the city of Trinidad.

Nature and health tourism are combined in Topes de Collantes, which is 800 meters above sea level and covers an area of 110 square kilometers of natural landscapes inhabited by endemic plant and animal species.

The Great Natural Park Topes de Collantes has an average temperature of 21 degrees Celsius, in addition to an appropriate hotel infrastructure designed for visitors to walk along several trails through the well-preserved tropical jungle.

Tourists can enjoy the landscape and watch several species of plants and animals that coexist in perfect harmony, while they improve their quality of life.

Precisely, one of the key elements in health tourism is the Kurhotel Escambray Hotel, which offers more than 200 rooms, a heated swimming pool, steam baths, sauna and a gymnasium.

Sunset
Lookout. Topes de Collantes.
Topes de Collantes

Treatments at the hotel are in line with a dozen basic medical programs, including cardiovascular, neurological, orthopedic, endocrinal, anti-stress, geriatric and esthetic care, in addition to weight-loss treatments and attention to executives.

Accommodation is complemented by other establishments, including the hotels Los Helechos and Villa Caburní, and a wide range of trekking options.

For tourists who chose Topes de Collantes to spend their vacations, there are excursions to Hacienda Codina, from where they can take a trail through the mountains with several scenarios, including a cave and beautiful sites from where the Caribbean Sea can be seen in the distance.

The beginning and end of the trail to Salto del Rocío (Dew's Waterfall) is marked by Casa de la Gallega, along the Hanabanilla River, with the possibilities of watching native animals such as hutias.

Programs also include the Salto de Javira trail, which starts at Finca El Cubano, at the foot of the mountain and near Trinidad, where there is a catfish farm and an exclusive restaurant.

A road goes through a pristine woodland that holds archeological vestiges of "cimarrones" (runaway slaves) and leads to Salto de Javira (Javira's Waterfall).

Nature programs also include the trail that leads to Salto del Caburní (Caburní's Waterfall), which begins in Topes de Collantes and is considered one of Cuba's highest waterfalls (62 meters).

Rural tourism, also known as agri-tourism, is also linked to the environment, and is one of the main options at Parque Los Almendros.

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