Visit Cuba’s Highest Waterfall and Pinares de Mayarí
We gather for a fresh breakfast before heading out to the east towards Pinares de Mayarí following the distinguished “Ruta de Chan Chan.” Compay Segundo’s canonical song “Chan Chan” is now immortalized by a 360 km route that follows along the iconic places mentioned in the song such as Macarné, Cueto, and Mayarí as well as several other towns bounded by Sierra del Cristal.
Once we reach the town of Mayarí, we head south into the mountains to the Parque Nacional la Mensura and then on to a forested area of Caribbean pines known as the Pinares de Mayarí. It’s a lofty region settled neatly over the cloud line and the entire region is perfumed with crisp pine.
Our first stop in the mountains is the Gran Salto del Guayabo, the highest waterfall in Cuba at over 100m in height. Hike through the lush tropical forest where orchids grow and Cuban parrots nest until we reach the waterfall. Then, play in the water and watch as water cascades down the rock face in frothing streams until it meets the waiting pool below.
After our time at the waterfall, and lunch, we continue to a small mountain resort. On the drive up the incline toward the hotel, we pass forests and ranches. This is an agriculturally rich part of Cuba and we may pass ox carts hauling their goods. We arrive at our lodge and after checking in, head out for a three-mile hike to explore the surroundings. We return before sunset with time for a dip in the resort’s pool, then dinner in the dining room.
Accommodations: Villa Pinares Mayari