Pinares de Mayarí, in the province of Holguín, is a fantastic ecological place where the humid and refreshing microclimate grows an exuberant vegetation of tall pines, orchids and ferns.
Located in La Mensura National Park, this incredible landscape has as main attraction El Gran Salto del Guayabo, one of the highest waterfalls in Cuba at 546 meters above sea level. Numerous trails cross the place and require walkers to have good physical conditions. With the help of a local guide you will be able to visit them in less than an hour. The number of birds that can be seen, including the Tocororo, and a swim in the cold waters of the Mayarí River, make it worth the effort. Remember to bring your bottle of water for the road and comfortable shoes that do not slip.
- The river water is rich in some minerals, it will leave your hair so soft that you will not need conditioner.
- The presence of these minerals causes that the dirt spots that are made on the clothes cannot be removed completely. The locals say that they only take off if they wash themselves with the same river water.
The access to Pinares de Mayarí is through a long and steep road that is not paved so you need a vehicle in good condition, especially rubber because they suffer a lot during the ascent.
For accommodation: Villa Pinares de Mayarí, a small 2-star hotel with basic facilities but very comfortable. Their wooden cabins are perfectly inserted in the environment and at night they keep you isolated from the insects of the place. If you do not like frogs and the typical nocturnal noises of the countryside, then it is not the place for you, but if you love nature as it is presented, you will feel in paradise.
Distance from the airport: 100 km
Distance from the city of Holguín: 110 km
Have you heard this chorus?
♫ De Alto Cedro voy para Marcané,
llego a Cueto voy para Mayarí ♫
It belongs to the song Chan Chan, a sound composed by the renowned Cuban musician Compay Segundo, which shows that Mayarí has earned a place in the hearts of Cuban music lovers. If you visit the place you come back humming this classic Cuban.