Las Terrazas is a small community and nature reserve in the municipality of Candelaria, Artemisa Province, Cuba. It is located in the Sierra del Rosario mountains (part of Guaniguanico range), which was designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1984.

Las Terrazas
Village and nature reserve
View of the village and surrounding forest
View of the village and surrounding forest
Las Terrazas is located in Cuba
Las Terrazas
Location of Esperanza in Cuba
Coordinates: 22°50′42″N 82°56′35″W / 22.84500°N 82.94306°W / 22.84500; -82.94306Coordinates: 22°50′42″N 82°56′35″W / 22.84500°N 82.94306°W / 22.84500; -82.94306
Country Cuba
ProvinceArtemisa
MunicipalityCandelaria
Elevation
200 m (700 ft)
Population
 • Total1,000
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
Area code(s)+53-82
WebsiteOfficial website

OverviewEdit

The village has a population of about 1,000 and a number of hotels and restaurants catering for tourists. The nature reserve includes 5000 ha of secondary forest[1] which was planted on the surrounding (deforested) hills by building terraces to avoid erosion; hence the name (in Spanish, terrazas means terraces).[2]

The reserve is rich in flora and fauna, and includes lakes, rivers, and waterfalls. Organised excursions on the many footpaths and trails can be booked at the local tourist office.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sitio Oficial Comunidad las Terrazas". lasterrazas.cu.
  2. ^ Sainsbury, Brendan (2006). Cuba: Country Guide. Lonely Planet. p. 217. ISBN 978-1-74059-746-3. pop 1200
  3. ^ "Excursiones en Las Terrazas". lasterrazas.cu.

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