Off the Beaten Path: Las Terrazas UNESCO Biosphere

  • Port

    Havana (La Habana), Cuba

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type


  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Starting At


  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 8 Hours

  • Meals Included


Outside the city of Havana lies the vast Cuban countryside famed for its production of coffee and sugar. In the 1960s, in an effort to provide basic services to the rural population, Cuba reforested nearly 850 miles of Pinar del Rio and developed the community of Las Terrazas. Recognized as a UNESCO Biosphere reserve, Las Terrazas has become well regarded as an ecotourism hotspot has provided a sustainable community model for artists, farmers, and families utilizing organic farming and medicine as an approach to modern problems.

Learn about life outside the comforts of a city will through immersive experience which includes a welcome cocktail, a tour of the community project and time to meet and interact with local residents, and a visit to the community square to visit either a doctor’s office, daycare or community care center. Travelers will also interact with local artists in their workshops, enjoy a cup of locally grown coffee, and lunch at one of Las Terrazas locally sourced restaurants.

Your visit to Pinar Del Rio will include an opportunity to snap photos from the beautiful Buena Vista Point. Here you can enjoy the quiet tranquility of nature or you can participate on an inclined walk up a hill to the ruins of the Buena Vista Coffee Plantation.


Actual tour duration may vary from 6 to 8 hours depending on ship’s arrival time and venue opening hours.

The drive to Las Terrazas is approximately one hour each way. Bring sunscreen and a hat. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. Walking is required on uneven ground and there is an optional walk up a steep incline to the coffee plantation ruins. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

Tour times are estimates and may be subject to change. Tours may run in different order to provide the best experience.

The community project associated with this tour is included to promote further understanding and interaction with the Cuban people. As is the fluid nature of community projects in Cuba, the location and type of community project visited may vary to provide the best experience for our guests.

Regulation Notes Regarding Tours:

Pursuant to U.S. regulations, guests who wish to disembark in Cuba and do not qualify for other categories of authorized travel must participate in either a full-time group People to People program sponsored by either Holland America Line or a third-party U.S. sponsoring organization. 

After guests have completed their required full-time schedule of People to People activities, they are welcome to explore Cuba on their own or participate in evening Holland America Line excursions (not designed to be People to People programs).  

This tour is designed to be in compliance with People to People guidelines.