Cuba, Vinales Guide (B): Las Terrazas and Vinales… A Treat for Nature Lovers

Las Terrazas and Vinales… A Treat for Nature Lovers
We ate our final breakfast at Casa Obrapía before loading on the bus to drive west for 1.5 hours to Las Terrazas, a very interesting community. A reforestation project was designed around the community which provided countless jobs and government housing to many. The hills, once full of trees were left almost barren after timber logging by the Spanish and Cubans, and coffee planting by the French. Only 14% of the forest remained in 1957. A 12,000 acre reserve was created in the Sierra del Rosario Mountains where trees were replanted and in 1984 it was named a biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

The number of families who lived in the area has grown from 171 to 1,014 since the project was initiated. Now its number one source of income is from tourism. The community, which is almost like a commune, operates a movie theater, disco club, library, coffee shop, and Cuban ration store. Those who work for the government project receive their salary as normal, and the money earned by the community is divvied up, most of it being returned to the state. Las Terrazas plants an organic garden, produces 30 tons of honey, offers several guided hikes and ziplining tours, has an in house veterinarian, and is a haven for birdwatchers who can stay at the Hotel Moka, where we ate lunch.

tourist tree

ration board

ration store

guide with ration card

Vet

Organic garden

In addition to government workers, there are also independent workers who pay a 15-20% tax on the goods they ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Las Terrazas and Vinales… A Treat for Nature Lovers
Guide Location: Cuba » Vinales
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Hotel Moka   Viñales Valley   Hotel La Ermita   Restaurant Mirador Balcón Del Valle  
Author: Elizabeth Bankhead
Read it on author's website: https://adventuresofacouchsurfer.com/2017/02/15/las-terrazas-and-vinales-a-treat-for-nature-lovers/