Soroa Orchid Garden
Soroa Orchid Garden, Cuba
Within the Sierra del Rosario at Soroa, is the orquideario, or orchid garden. This garden is the largest in Cuba and covers an area of 35,000 square metres on a steep hillside.
There are more than 20,000 plants of 700 orchid species grown here, along with other ornamentals, amidst limestone formations, palms, and towering semi-deciduous trees draped in vines. Soroa also has thousands of specimens of ferns and trees which contribute to the biodiversity of the region - it has been designated a World Biosphere Reserve.
The first species of orchids were introduced to Soroa in 1948 by a wealthy Spaniard, Tomás Felipe Camacho, and the garden still maintains valuable specimens from the 19th and 20th centuries. There is also a lovely waterfall with walking trails branching off from it and should you wish there is an opportunity to walk 2.5km to the top of a mountaintop mirador (lookout), as there are spectacular views in every direction.