The Salto del Caburni trail has slowly become one of Trinidad's more popular outdoor excursions, a 7 km round-trip hike that puts the incredible scenery of Cuba's Parque Natural Topes de Collantes on full display. The trail head starts near the Kurhotel Escambray, winding its way downhill for 3.5 km through lush forest, unique rock outcroppings, and progressively more canyon-esque cliff faces until arriving at what's purported to be the highest waterfall in the country (roughly 70 m). A quick note; if you go expecting the grandeur of a remarkable cascade, you might be slightly let down as the meandering course of Salto del Caburni more resembles a natural waterslide than an awe-inspiring deluge. That said, it's still a fantastic sight, made even more rewarding by the natural swimming pool below. This is the true highlight of the trek, and allows for plenty of swimming and cool-down time before the uphill hike out.
If you're planning on tackling Salto del Caburni, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to help make the experience significantly more rewarding. First, come prepared with proper boots and plenty of water. Though the hike is not particularly long or arduous, steep/rocky sections combined with Cuba's notorious heat can make for an exhausting multiple-hour trip when all is said and done. Secondly, start your trek early. The narrow trail can occasionally fill up with travelers, so getting in first means you'll have the hike and the natural swimming pool all to yourself. Finally, if you want to pair Salto del Caburni up with a visit to the less-frequented Salto de Vegas Grande, you're much better off using a guide unless you happen to know the area uncommonly well. Otherwise, just enjoy the hike, the scenery and the celebratory cold one at the bar on the way out.
Location:Trinidad, Sancti Spiritus, Cuba