Day trip – El Nicho Waterfalls & Guanaroca Lagoon

We could call it perfect day trip from Cienfuegos as a starting point. It is one of nature highlights in Cuba for sure. Two hours bumpy ride to Sierra del Escambray mountain range pays off as soon as you get to El Nicho waterfalls. Once you park the car or get dropped off you pay 9CUC per person for entrance to the park and for the very knowledgeable guide. Our guide spoke English, French and Spanish.

Beginning of Reino de las Aguas trail
Beginning of Reino de las Aguas trail

Reino de las Aguas is nature trail that takes you to El Nicho waterfalls, two natural pools, caves and much more. You can really see Cuban biodiversity here. Tocororo, Cuban national bird is very common here so you are gonna spot it on your way for sure. You have time to take a dip at both of the pools, have to warn you that water is very cold, but refreshing in hot day. El Nicho waterfalls are very picturesque, so you should take some time here to get nice photos. Also at the end of the trail you have nice view over the forests and you can even see the dam. Across the parking lot there is even more waterfalls, rapids and pools where you can hang out the whole day. Perfect place for a little picnic and sunbathing.

Our guide
Our guide
Tocororo - Cuban National bird
Tocororo – Cuban National bird
First natural pool on the trail
First natural pool on the trail
El Nicho Waterfall
El Nicho Waterfall
El Nicho Waterfall
El Nicho Waterfall
Second natural pool
Second natural pool
Turkey Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Roots, roots , roots
Roots, roots , roots
Enjoying the mist
Enjoying the mist
The best view
The best view
Enjoying the view of the forest canopy
Enjoying the view of the forest canopy
Air plants
Air plants
Pools across the street
Pools across the street
Pools across the street
Pools across the street
Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

Our next stop was Guanaroca Lagoon. While driving on bumpy road you can see tons and tons of mango, banana and citrus trees. Guanaroca Lagoon is formed by Arimao river just before it flows into the Bay of Cienfuegos. It is protected area with diverse flora and fauna. You can find around 170 different species of birds here. Mangrove swamps offer shelter to many animals, you can admire colony of few hundred pink flamingos, pelicans, tocororos and many more. Your tour is with a boat, you can either row by yourself or ask locals there to row and you tip them at the end. Be fair with the tip since it is pretty hard work. It is well worth the money.

Mango tree blooming
Mango tree blooming
Unripe mangoes
Unripe mangoes
Colorful leaves
Colorful leaves
Climb on board
Climb on board
Play hide and seek
Play hide and seek
Your ride is here
Your ride is here
Guanaroca Lagoon
Guanaroca Lagoon
Pink flamingos
Pink flamingos
Let's run away!
Let’s run away!
Fly baby fly!
Fly baby fly!
Flamingos just chilling
Flamingos just chilling
Enjoying the ride
Enjoying the ride
Guanaroca Lagoon
Guanaroca Lagoon
Colony of Flamingos
Colony of Flamingos

That was it for our day trip because we had to catch bus to Trinidad, but you can continue your day and go to the beach Playa Rancho Luna, Jagua castle, Martin Infierno Cave or Delfinario de Cienfuegos. Since you need to take a taxi, rent a car or hire a driver to see these places, your best option and probably the cheapest is to talk with your casa owner and they can maybe arrange it. Our casa owner organized driver and car for us, he drove us to El Nicho Waterfalls, Guanaroca Lagoon and we were supposed to go to Playa Rancho Luna, but we had to catch a bus so we left that one out. Price for driver and car was 55CUC, we payed 18CUC for El Nicho Waterfalls and 22CUC for Guanaroca Lagoon. So all together 95CUC for two people. Not the cheapest day trip, but well worth for sure!

Raaaaawr! Be afraid!
Raaaaawr! Be afraid!

Next stop is Trinidad! More photos on Facebook page here!

 

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  3. Those waterfalls are so beautiful. And look at the blue water and those tropical birds. I want to visit this place now. Oh and maybe a photoshoot with flamingos 🙂

    1. admin says: Reply

      Yes it was great. Both waterfalls and flamingos were amazing sight! You should definitely visit!

  4. El Nicho waterfalls look amazing. The photograhy is stunning and you look like you’re having a great time.

    In all honesty you had me at the flamingos. Thanks for sharing.

    1. admin says: Reply

      Yes it was absolutely amazing and seeing flamingos was on my bucket list for a long time!

  5. Riely says: Reply

    El Nicho Waterfalls, Guanaroca Lagoon both look so beautiful, perfect day trips to explore. The waterfalls are a beautiful sight. And those pink flamingos are too cute! Would love to see them in person up and close.

  6. Those waterfalls are extremely beautiful. The best part about your writing was that you highlight the importance of guides when you travel to some different place. Other than that getting clicked with those flamingos is on my bucket list now.

    1. admin says: Reply

      Thank you! They are amazing and then you also have natural pools you can swim in. Oh flamingos are just amazing too. I still wanna see them in Africa tho.

  7. Wow, El Nicho Waterfalls are so beautiful, I would have taken thousands of photos there. With Cuba you think of the classic cars and cigars but these falls are another reason to visit the country,

    1. admin says: Reply

      Yes i agree! I’m so happy my friend told me about them before i left. It’s definitely a must when you are there!

  8. I can see that you’ve had an amazing experience here! The day trip seems a wonderful idea and it’s so beautiful out there! The photographs are also great; loving them all. Thanks for the post 🙂

    1. admin says: Reply

      Thank you! It was amazing there!

  9. I can not keep my eyes of the waterfall and stream. Such an amazing spot….

    1. admin says: Reply

      Yes El Nicho waterfalls are just amazing!

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