El Nicho Waterfalls

It’s a bit of a drive out to El Nicho waterfalls, but the road is surprisingly good considering it’s way up in the hills. There are several stunning waterfalls to see plus a good swimming hole.

El Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos

Video of El Nicho Waterfalls


As we had our own hire car it was easier to go to El Nicho waterfalls on the way to Trinidad. We had to double back a bit but not too far. The drive in is lovely with great views and a good road. There is another road which is much more direct from the El Nicho to Trinidad but after hurricane Irma you needed a 4x4 to get through so we couldn’t go that way.

There is a big carpark with plenty of guides around to make sure your belongings are safe, we didn’t have to pay any extra for parking the car, whew! After paying our $10 CUC each we had our own personal guide to show us around the area.

It’s a very compact place with an easy walk in a circle around each of the waterfalls. Our guide was chatting away the whole time showing us different plants and pointing out some birds. We were lucky again and saw a stunning humming bird.

Just before we left the park there is a nice restaurant so we decided to have lunch. Our sandwiches were both really good for $4.95 CUC each.

Views before arriving at El Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos CubaViews before arriving at El Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos Cuba
This little guy was trying to cross the road El Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos CubaThis little guy was trying to cross the road El Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos Cuba
Crossing the bridge just before the entry to El Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos CubaCrossing the bridge just before the entry to El Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos Cuba
Big safe carpark at El Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos CubaBig safe carpark at El Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos Cuba

How to get to El Nicho Waterfalls

From Havana on your way to Trinidad in the same day

You will have time to go to El Nicho if you leave Havana early, say around 8am. It say's on Google maps around 2 hours and 40 mins to drive from Havana to Cienfuegos, but it will take more like 3 to 3.5 hours as the roads are not well maintained even though this is one of the big main highways, it still has a lot of pot holes everywhere. I would advise also taking your own snacks as there are very few places to stop and they are expensive with very little on offer.

From Cienfuegos to El Nicho it could take up to 1.5 hours drive. When leaving El Nicho you will then have to double back about 26k and turn off at the town called Cumanayagua. This road will then hook up with the main Cienfuegos - Trinidad road. It might take you a couple of hours to then get to Trinidad.

But please do not try and use Google Maps in Cuba, it is not detailed enough. You must download MAPS.ME then download the map for Cuba before you arrive in the country. You will see on Maps.me much clearer the route to take as I have described above.

I would advise booking your rental car before you arrive in the country, if you haven't already. It can be a big problem if you don't.

Bush walk along the way to El-Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos CubaBush walk along the way to El-Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos Cuba
Plants to see at El Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos CubaPlants to see at El Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos Cuba
First waterfall is the biggest with nice swimming hole El Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos CubaFirst waterfall is the biggest with nice swimming hole El Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos Cuba
Swimming hole El Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos CubaSwimming hole El Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos Cuba

Our sum up of El Nicho Waterfalls

Excellent place to visit. The waterfalls are big with great swimming holes. Don’t forget the short walk on the other side of the road to yet more falls. $10 CUC with personal guided tour was really good value. The restaurant is good too, with clean toilets which actually had toilet seats!

Our personal guide El Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos CubaOur personal guide El Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos Cuba
Lots of water at El Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos CubaLots of water at El Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos Cuba
Waterfalls on the other side of the road El Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos CubaWaterfalls on the other side of the road El Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos Cuba
More great falls El Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos CubaMore great falls El Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos Cuba
The restaurant at El Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos CubaThe restaurant at El Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos Cuba
Our very nice lunch at El Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos CubaOur very nice lunch at El Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos Cuba
Along the walk to El Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos CubaAlong the walk to El Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos Cuba
Lovely views at El Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos CubaLovely views at El Nicho Waterfalls Cienfuegos Cuba