Just north of the pint-sized town of Soroa, across the street from its famed orchid garden (the Orquideario), you'll find a walking path that leads to one of the Sierra del Rosario's most well-known natural attractions: the Soroa Waterfall. This uniquely shaped cataract measures around 22 m (72 ft) from top to bottom, cascading mushroom-like over rounded, protruding rock formations that allow swimmers to get both underneath and behind the falls. Speaking of swimming, the pools beneath Salto de Soroa are a fantastic place to escape the country's heat, though it's likely you'll have to share the experience with a handful of other travelers. If you're up for a quad workout, you can also follow the stairway to the right, working your way to the top of falls for some spectacular views over the stream and the Cuban forest below.
Though it's accessibility makes it pretty much a no-brainer should you be in the area, there are a few things to keep in mind when checking out the Salto de Soroa. First, if you come during Cuba's dry season (November - April), it's likely the flow of the waterfall may leave a little bit to be desired. Such is the price when you're intentionally avoiding the Cuban rain, however the pools are still reason enough to make the short walk. Second, at the risk of sounding like your mother, take care if you happen to be climbing the rocks directly underneath the falls. Many a clumsy traveler has paid a painful price for attempting a cute photo-op. Other than that, enjoy an easy, rewarding, and refreshing little adventure.
Location:Soroa, Pinar del Rio, Cuba