As we drove outside of Havana on day three of our Cuban adventure, the air seemed to break free of the pollution of the city. Our destination for the day: Las Terrazas, an eco-community in the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve. The drive from bustling Havana to Las Terrazas transports visitors away from the city’s pervasive sounds.
The 12,000-acre community hosts a several restaurants, a four-star hotel, and a craft market for tourists and visitors, as well as the local neighborhood and primary school for those who live on the property. The community was designated a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1984, and since then 900 plant species have been identified in the area, 117 bird species, and 70 amphibian species.
The people, who live in the community, live by the motto, “If you cut one tree down, you replant two.” While their respect for nature is evident…
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