Welcome to Soroa
Known appropriately as the 'rainbow of Cuba,' Soroa, a gorgeous natural area and tiny settlement 85km southwest of Havana, is the closest mountain resort to the capital. Located 8km north of Candelaria in the Sierra del Rosario, the easternmost and highest section of the Cordillera de Guaniguanico, the region's heavy rainfall (more than 1300mm annually) promotes the growth of tall trees and orchids. The area gets its name from Jean-Pierre Soroa, a Frenchman who owned a 19th-century coffee plantation in these hills. One of his descendants, Ignacio Soroa, created the park as a personal retreat in the 1920s, and only since the revolution has this luxuriant region been developed for tourism.
While it shares the same abundant flora as Las Terrazas, Soroa is generally quieter and receives less tourists. It's a great area to explore by bike.