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How to Spend a Weekend in Soroa, Cuba

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Thanks to heavy rainfall in the region, Soroa is known as the rainbow of Cuba. The gorgeous natural area is filled with green mountains, pristine waterfalls and several attractions perfect for nature lovers. Just one hour outside Havana, amidst tall trees and orchids, Soroa is the closest mountain resort to the capital. Here’s how to have the perfect weekend getaway in Soroa.

Check in: Hotel Castillo en las Nubes

This medieval castle-turned-hotel in Soroa is located atop Fuerte Hill, surrounded by spectacular views of the Valle de Soroa and the coastal plain. Originally built in the 1940s as a retreat from busy city life in Havana, Castillo en las Nubes was turned into a Creole restaurant in the 1970s before it was fully restored and reimagined as a boutique hotel. Enjoy on-site amenities like a bar with picturesque views and 24-hour butler service. Near the hotel, see the area’s beautiful orchid garden as well as unparalleled opportunities for hiking in Cuba.

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IG photo by @mickaelge

Cool off: Enjoy a mojito

There’s plenty to explore in Soroa, but first things first: kick back at Hotel Castillo de las Nubes, enjoy the view and relax while enjoying Cuba’s classic cocktail, the mojito.

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IG photo by @beatnpath

Take a Swim: The Soroa Waterfall

The Soroa Waterfall is one of the most beautiful natural landmarks in Pinar del Rio. With a height of 66 feet (20 meters), the waterfall is a popular natural swimming hole for locals and tourists.

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IG photo by @vivipre78

See the Sights: Orquideario

Soroa is known for its orchids, and Orquideario, the largest garden in Cuba, contains more than 20,000 plants, including 600 types of orchids—both native and exotic to Cuba.

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IG photo by @taclestrips

Take a Ride: Biking in Western Cuba

Natural landscapes and absent road traffic make Cuba, especially the rural Pinar del Rio province in which Soroa is located, a cycling paradise. Western Cuba has extraordinary cycling terrain—you can even take a relaxed journey by bike from Havana all the way to Las Terrazas and Viñales.

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IG photo by @chemita50