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Las Terrazas

Las Terrazas
Village and nature reserve
View of the village and surrounding forest
View of the village and surrounding forest
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
Province Artemisa
Municipality Candelaria
Elevation 200 m (700 ft)
Population
 • Total 1,000
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
Area code(s) +53-82
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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.

Overview

The village has a population of about 1,000 and a number of hotels and restaurants catering for tourists. The nature reserve includes 5000ha 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]

References

External links

  • (Spanish) Las Terrazas official site
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