When we booked our visit to Parque Guanayara from the Cubatour travel agency in Trinidad, different tour options were explained to us. We picked the longest one. Even if it costed rather more than the other choices it covered all the most remarkable natural features and gave us also the chance to go to a coffee farm.

Our adventure to Parque Guanayara started around 8am with a Russian army truck picking us up from the travel agency near Plaza Mayor in Trinidad. Darren and I got a seat on the front row. This smart move was great to get the best views, however it backfired on us on the return journey when it started raining and we got all the best splashes and gusts of wind instead. So my suggestion is: check the sky first and bring a light jacket, it can get chilly on the track.

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Scenery on the way to Parque Guanayara.

First stop was at a panoramic view point at the top of a hill. We could see the stunning scene of green hills extending below us and joining the sea.

Afterwards we went to see a coffee plantation and farm. This was interesting because the tour guide explained to us the whole process, from growing the crops to the final product distribution.

The farm had also a small exhibition of the machinery used for the production and a little veranda where you could have a sip of the final result. There a cup of coffee was more expensive than usual, but how many times can you drink it where it’s been grown and ground for you?

Topes de Collantes farmers.
Topes de Collantes farmers.
The handy coffee grinder.
The handy coffee grinder.

With coffee circulating in our system we were ready for the long walk ahead in the forest. The path was not particularly difficult (but having trainers helps) and it follows the Guanayara river, passing by some beautiful caves eroded in the rock and going up to the stunning waterfall Salto del Rocìo. As we went there during the dry season, the waterfall didn’t have a lot of water, but I could still manage to go underneath it and have water up to my knees.

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Caves eroded in the rock.
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Salto el Rocìo waterfall.
birdwatching
We just spotted a Tocororo, the national bird with the colours of the Cuban flag.

What I didn’t know was that a few hundreds metres further down the path we would arrive to a sublime natural pool. We spent there about an hour, enjoying diving and swimming in the clear water. So don’t forget your swimming suits!

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Poza el Venado.

At the end of the walk we had lunch in a sort of farm/ restaurant. The meal was abundant and included in the tour.

Coming back to Trinidad the Russian truck stopped a couple of times to let us look at some stalls along the way.

Vendor on the way to Parque Guanayara.
Vendor on the way to Parque Guanayara.

When a thunderstorm brewed not far from Trinidad some ineffective covers were pulled down the sides to try to keep us dry. The temperature dropped 10 degrees and it felt a bit like being in Manchester in spring!

Going back to Trinidad after the torrential rain.
Going back to Trinidad after the torrential rain.

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