In the heart of Sierra del Escambray, only six kilometers from Topes de Collantes in the center of Cuba (four hours from Havana) is Casa Eco Alojamiento El Manantial. It is a rustic but comfortable place; whose architecture and conception respects the natural values of the environment.
Oscar and Aray, its owners, say that the decision to establish this business led them to study many options to succeed in a place far from civilization like this. They also had the will to offer a service that could be in tune with the wonders of the landscape that surrounds them, without breaking with its dynamics and taking advantage of its virtues.
“We tried to make the place an eco-lodging with the objective that the client is in contact with nature and can enjoy it in all its splendor“
The house was remodeled in 2014, on the foundations of a small peasant house that had been the home of the family for 28 years, using materials from the area: mud, stone, wood and asbestos as natural paint very similar to lime.
El Manantial has three rooms with private bathrooms, two on the first floor and one on the ground floor. It has its own parking and a natural pool whose water comes from springs, hence the name of the accommodation.
The seasoning of its owners is another of its values, because their cuisine is well valued among visitors who say they stay attentive to each dish because they contain the essence of our main culinary traditions. However, the biggest attractions have to do with the landscape and the unique beauty of a natural area recognized as a protected area.
“Hiking is one of the usual practices of those who arrive. Here you have the option of visiting Vegas Grandes, Salto del Caburni or La Batata trails, no need for a car or guide.“
La Casa del Café, “La Represa” park, Hacienda Codina, the Ecological Trail and the city of Trinidad with its Valle de los Ingenios are other of the most demanded enclaves by tourism that can be accessed from this accommodation.
El Manantial is sort of an oasis within a universe at times saturated with luxury proposals that forget the essence of our being. The house has been visited by personalities of the Cuban culture that the owners prefer not to mention because the guest’s status does not make any difference, its premise is to make everyone, be a musician, doctor or housewife, leave satisfied and with the desire to return.
“Our only recognition is the satisfaction of our customers and to see the sadness when they are leaving, and not being able to spend more time in one place, which the vast majority describes as a natural paradise”
France and Germany are the main origins of El Manantial gests. A sui generis site in the center of one of the most beautiful natural regions of this island, which proposes to those who choose it, a trip to the essence of our land, where nature and traditions are protagonists.