Pinares de Mayarí, which translates to “pinewoods of Mayarí,” is a stunning ecological area within the Holguín province of Cuba.
The Pinares de Mayarí region is lush with pine greenery, which fringes magnificent geological formations and impressive waterfalls. At nearly 2,000 feet above sea level, the Salto del Gayabo waterfall is one of the highest in all of Cuba.
The area is a paradise for leisurely hikes, with stops along the way to ride down natural rock waterslides, admire dozens of species of fern and orchid, and marvel at the size of the pine trees towering above. There are plenty of opportunities to swim, birdwatch, and ride horseback as well.
Within the pinewoods is a locally-owned and operated eco-lodge, Villa Pinares de Mayarí. The lodge is made up of various cabins and provides creature comforts as well as traditional Cuban food amongst the surrounding natural landscape. Near the villa are an assortment of additional attractions, including La Mensura Farm, which breeds imported animals such as deer and antelope. There is also a nearby coffee plantation (La Plancha) and small lake (El Cupey).
Pinares de Mayarí has plenty for the active adventurer to explore on their Cuban vacation. We enjoy some time in the pinewoods on our Kayaking in the Wake of Christopher Columbus Tour as well as our Eastern Cuba Revelation Cultural Walking Tour.