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“Trinitopes tour: fantastic day but quite a climb!”
Review of Topes de Collantes

Topes de Collantes
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

There are quite a few excursion options for getting into the Topes de Callantes area; about 20 km out of Trinidad. Some sound rather lame – mostly being bussed from tourist stop to tourist stop (art gallery, sundial, visitors centre), while others involve hikes into one of five or six parks located in the hills. We selected one that started with a visit to a demonstration coffee plantation and coffee house, and then town us to the trailhead for a 3.5 km long, 400m descent to Caburni Falls. It was appropriately rated as a difficult hike, featuring narrow dirt paths, rocky sections, and steep climbs up and down the mountainside (although we did pass people doing the trail in flip-flops!). The falls themselves were unique – not a straight drop but down the slope of a mountain, ending with a small conventional waterfall downstream that feed a pool for swimming. The return climb was gruelling, so lunch a short drive from the trailhead was greatly anticipated – and it turns out it was the best meal we had in the Trinidad area – the food was plentiful and not overcooked, and a beer and coffee was included. Our transportation was an old Russian army truck, and our guide was born and raised in the area and very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna we came across – although not too many birds showed themselves. Some members of our group saw a tococoro, Cuba’s national bird, but it zipped by and I was in the wrong position to see it. The 29 cuc price per person was well worth it for a full day of travel and activity.

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Reviewed October 25, 2012

The trails are well marked, but is full of rocks and could be slippery. At the end of the path you can swim, next to the waterfall. We spend around an hour and a half to go down, and two hours and a half to come back.

I not recommended to people with walking difficulties, it is 3k in the jungle, and the place is really wet.

Thank eflader
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

My husband and I went to Varadero, and wanted to see more of Cuba, so we took this excursion Topes de Collantes (2 day trip for $125. CUCs per person), included is the bus trip, the hotel for the night (800 meters from sea level), buffet at the hotel, one drink included during meals, the Russian truck ride also included in the price. The excursion went to Santa Clara to the Che Guevara's memorial - it was very nice to see. Our second stop was Trinidad, here we passed about 1 1/2 hours. Trinidad is a very beautiful typical Cuban city. We stopped for a drink and some Salsa dancing... We enjoyed it very much! My suggestion is to bring small gifts with you, soap, toothpaste etc. The people here are in more need than those in Varadero. Then we stopped for lunch - it was an outside buffet in the shade thank God! Food was good. Then off we were to the mountains - during this entire trip the view is just spectacular - especially on the mountains. We got to the hotel which is really in the jungle (what a setting - just beautiful) - the next day after breakfast we put all our stuff in the bus, and off we went on a Russian army truck, which took us even further into the mountains........scenery was just beautiful (make sure you sit on the right side of the truck - you get a better view for pictures!!!)

On this trip you will need comfortable shoes, bug repellent (for the evening mostly) water shoes, if you plan to swim due to rocks in the water...and of course a change of clothing.

This trip is made for 2 types of people - the very adventurous and the not so adventurous!!! Half way in the 3K jungle walk the trails splits and you choose between adventurous or not!

The trails are well marked, and clear of brush, but watch out for the wet leaves - they could be slippery! We saw beautiful tall waterfalls, coffee plantations, a pig (I'm not sure if he was wild or not), we saw a Tokuroku (Cuba's national bird - due to his colors) many small rivers, and finally, you come to a clearing, which you think you just ended up in paradise....the grass is trimmed, majestic royal palms, a small rolling river and the very welcomed Restaurant!!!! Ha cold beer (included) !!!! Then back on the russian army truck.........back on the bus......and off to Cienfuegos....this is also a very nice town, we visited the main plaza....

I recommend this trip to everyone, but not recommended to people with walking difficulties, it is 3k in the jungle......it's quite a walk (feels more like 5k) - this excursion is to do at least once! BRING YOUR CAMERA and extra batteries!

5  Thank MaryOla2012
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Reviewed May 18, 2012

For nature lovers and not, this is a beautiful place to be. The trails are very well taken care of and not difficult at all. Hiring a guide will help you learn more about the local flora and fauna. As there are many tourists passing by, try to visit early in the morning if you want to see many animals!

Thank NasiaGr
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Reviewed December 18, 2011

This is a great place to trek. coming across places live La Gallega and Codina will bring wonderful rest to weary legs. we stayed at los Helechos which was good for overnight but not anything to write home about in terms of food.

Thank rufusspanks
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