In the hills and mountains above Trinidad lies the Topes de Collantes National Park. Here a myriad of trails cut through the tropical forest, valleys and hillsides, offering spectacular views across the area. The forest is host to many species of birds and if you are lucky you may spot a Cuban Trogon, Cuba’s national bird. En route are occasional freshwater jungle pools, providing a relaxing way to cool off.
Vinales in the west of the island is also a popular place for walking. Famous for growing much of the tobacco used for Cuba’s cigar industry, this largely agricultural area is overlooked by huge limestone outcrops (called mogotes). Due to this dramatic karst landscape, the traditional methods of agriculture used, and the area’s distinctive architecture, crafts and music, the Vinales Valley was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.
Several of Cuba’s other towns, cities and regions are also UNESCO World Heritage Sites (including Havana, and Trinidad and the Valley of the Sugar Mills). When planning your walking holiday to Cuba it is worth allowing time to enjoy some of these classic sights.