El Nicho waterfall

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El Nicho waterfall Reviews

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El Nicho waterfall May 12, 2017
El Nicho is a different prospect to the Hanabanilla waterfall on the same lake. You need a car of course or an agency tour to get here from either Trinidad, Cienfuegos or Santa Clara. On arrival there is a decent parking lot (payable of course)plus entrance fee to the park is 9 CUC per person. No problems on the road to get here, no potholes or wild deviations, although part is quite steep. We did this coming from Cienfuegos, but it meets up with the same road coming from Manicaragua for the last 20-odd kms. Be careful on the way out though and don't think you can drive from Crucencitas towards Buenos Aires and Trinidad, there is no road!!!!A road is shown on some maps but it doesn't exist anymore, landslides and water has taken it away. The only way is the long way round via Manicaragua or Cumanayagua.

Quite a few birds along the trail, catching them on camera is another thing though.

An easy walk takes you up to the lower levels of the falls, only a couple of minutes. Can pretty much get all the way around the cascade.

Whilst the falls certainly weren't at their full flowing best, it is the setting that is surprising. It has really that "jungle" feel about it, the water flowing through and down the ferns in a circular environnement, that seems in some ways quite intimate. Well it was until a coachload of Eastern Europeans turned up and spoiled the atmosphere. But within 10 minutes they'd seen the falls, some of them swam and all were back down at the restaurant where their meal was laid on. That said, they had paid their money same as us, so.....

It is not that much further up to the upper from the lower, although there is a steep part through a cleft in the terrain. No danger but a little tight and awkward.

A short walk above the upper falls will take you to a viewpoint through the valley to tha Hanabanilla lake. If you don't have a decent lens or binoculars you won't see much but is worth the 7 minute walk and also permitted me to catch this colourful little Cuban Tody, very difficult as it didn't stop flitting backwards and forwards.

There is another waterfall on the other side of the road from the parking lot, more a cascade. Probably a lot better too in the run-off season.

The trails for El Nicho falls are very well marked and there's no way you could get lost.
Entrance to the parking lot.
The lower falls and pool
In the main funnel area
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