The province of Artemisa, in the west of the island, is one of the young actors of the Cuban tourism industry, with many attractions for the leisure available for national and foreign visitors.
Composed of eight municipalities of Havana and three of Pinar del Rio is the thirteenth in the country by extension, and eleventh by the population. Artemisa have some towns with wide history as Alquízar (1616) and Guanajay (St. Hilarion of Guanajay, 1650).
The main port in the territory is El Mariel, one of the most important in the country, with prospects of investment and growth in the framework of a special economic zone in development. Artemisa account with unique propositions as the hotel Las Yagrumas, only 22 kilometers away from the city of Havana and in the middle of a rich forest vegetation, sheltered by the waters of the river Ariguanabo.
The environment invites into an excellent place to enjoy the benefits of the diversity of Cuban nature, with abundant species of the local flora and fauna. Nature lovers have at their disposal the Path Las Yagrumas, from installations to the Cave of the Lamb, with a length of two kilometers. The trail is crossed by several fences of very ancient stone, possibly from XVIII and XIX centuries and which marked the boundaries of herds and farms, together with the option of appreciate some clusters of origin does not specified and that could also be archaeologically interesting.
From east to west the province is crossed by the Sierra del Rosario, the most important mountain range on the west of the country with the highest elevation of the Bread of Guajaibón (699 meters) in its western end, belonging to the municipality of Honda Bay. In addition, has the narrowest area of the island with just 31 kilometers, which lies between the bay of Mariel and the Ensenada Majana.
In the field of culture, the territory provided figures such as Cyril Villaverde, the first great Cuban novelist, author of "Cecilia Valdez", joined composers and interpreters of the stature of Maria Teresa Vera and Silvio Rodriguez, moreover, in San Antonio de los Baños lies the unique Museum of Fun.
It also has in its geography Soroa, this place is also known as the rainbow of Cuba, with a beautiful waterfall of 22 meters of height that constitutes an invitation to refresh at any time of year. The tourism account at that site with the services of the Hotel and Village Soroa, complemented with a pleasant microclimate, and valuable natural resources, in particular its diverse flora and fauna.
Horseback riding and various modalities of hiking, with the accompaniment of specialized personnel, are included in the wide range of Soroa, which includes tours of ruins of French coffee plantations XIX century, the Bayate River and the Peasant Community El Brujito - La Comadre.
The best known attraction of such a site is in the orchidearium, point forced to all the tourists that visit the province, with species of orchids from all parts of the world. Considered to be the largest in the country, has in its 35 thousand square meters more than 20 thousand plants of 700 species, while account with thousands of copies of ferns and woodlands that make it a unique site of the Sierra del Rosario.
In the beautiful landscape are still preserved valuable copies of the XIX and XX centuries, relics of this amazing site, it is the first line in the west of Cuba for lovers of nature.