El Nicho is Cuban national park. It is a protected area with lots of natural pools, waterfalls, rainforest caves. The water is warm enough to take an exciting swim under the waterfalls. The park has a restaurant and a camping area. We visited El Nicho as a one day trip on our way from Cienfuegos to Trinidad.
The ride from Cienfuegos to Trinidad with the whole day stop in El Nicho costs around 90 CUC. The driver, who by profession was a mechanical engineer, acted also as our tour guide on the way through the province.
El Nicho is a Cuban national park that is extremely family friendly. The children will explore the animals (in Cuba there are no dangerous animals) and the plants along the path. Then they will take a swim in one of the natural pools. And maybe also see the caves…
El Nicho waterfalls
El Nicho Caves
A really nice viewpoint, where a group of lifeguards awaits and invites you to see another highlight of the park. The elephant! For 8 CUC for the whole family, the lifeguard took us on a 10-minute hike through the closed area of the El Nicho park. Then we arrived at the caves:
The Royal Palm
On your return from the hike, you can stop in the park’s restaurant. It is a good idea because that will be the only restaurant in the area. And you shall be hungry after the whole day trip to the park.
Transportation to El Nicho park
There are many ways how to reach El Nicho. Either from Cienfuegos or from Trinidad. And also from Varadero, there is an offer in their tourist brochure. For a family travel, it will be the most comfortable solution to take a taxi. The price will not be so much higher than the bus, and a taxi will listen to your extra wishes and wait for your departure from the park. As for the bus or an agency organized group, you will have to accommodate to their timeline and agenda, but you might save a little on the budget (but not time).