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How to Choose Which Waterfall to Visit in Trinidad, Cuba

Vegas Grande Waterfall, Trinidad

There are 3 waterfalls you can visit whilst in Trinidad which are all located within the Topes de Collantes National Park. Deciding on which one is largely dependant on the time of year you visit Cuba and whether you want to explore solo or part of a tour.

Here’s How to Choose Which Waterfall to Visit in Trinidad, Cuba:

Vegas Grande Waterfall

Option 1 – by foot without a tour guide

Option 2 – by horseback with a tour

When to Visit: Anytime of the year

The Vegas Grande Waterfall is the easiest to reach by foot out of all 3 waterfalls. Adam and I got a taxi to the Don Pancho coffee farm which is the starting point of the hike. It’s an easy, pleasant walk until you reach the steep descent to the waterfall, but even this is well trodden with steps and branches to hold on to.

How to Choose Which Waterfall to Visit in Trinidad - taxi at Don Pancho

Taxis will take you from the town to Don Pancho, wait for 3 hours then drive you back to town. We bartered and go our driver down to 30 CUC.

Entry to the waterfall costs 10 CUC.

Word of caution – It’s the same route back so expect a steep ascent again!

El Nicho Waterfall

Option 1 – by horseback with a tour

Option 2 – by 4×4 car with a tour or private hire

When to Visit: Anytime of the year

El Nicho Waterfall is the most difficult to reach which is why it isn’t possible by foot.

Salto del Caburní Waterfall

Option 1 – Hard route by foot without a tour guide

Option 2 – Easy route by foot without a tour guide

When to Visit: June, July, August. The waterfall only runs once the rainy season starts, however, we were advised not to hike it during the height of the rainy season in September and October due to higher risk of heavy rain and tropical storms.

It’s possible to reach Salto del Caburní Waterfall one of two ways:

  1. Start your hike from the same point that you would for the Vegas Grande Waterfall – at the Don Pancho coffee farm. It’s about a 2.5 km walk to the Vegas Grande and then approx. 5km further past that to Salto del Caburní Waterfall. This is the hardest route.
  2. Start your hike from the main Topes de Collantes National Park entrance. This is the easiest and most common route, approx. 2km of fairly easy terrain with a slight descent to the waterfall. It will take you approx. 1 hour there and 1 hour back.

TNot convinced about adding Trinidad to your Cuba itinerary yet? Read Why You Must Visit Trinidad, Cuba for more fun things to do.

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