La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock), Santiago de Cuba
(4.6/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
When you reach the top of La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock), you will be rewarded with panoramic views of dramatic terrain that makes up the highest region of Cuba. Nestled within the verdant Sierra Maestra mountain range, this grand monolith weighs in at 63,000 tons and is thought to have been formed after an explosion from a nearby underwater volcano. A steep climb of 452 steps takes you 1,225 m (4,019 ft) above sea level. From the top, you will see views over biodiverse hilltops and scattered ruins from coffee plantations of the early 19th century. To visit La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock) and get the most from your holiday in Santiago de Cuba, create itinerary details personal to you using our Santiago de Cuba tourist route planner.
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  • Arrived the afternoon, we have chosen to make first visit to old housing French coffee plantation of the 19th century, today a museum to get a glimpse of the conditions of work and life of slaves as well as the mode of production of coffee for export. It is part of all listed heritage of mankind of UNESCO since November 2000 under the name "Archaeological landscape of the first plantations of coffee in the southeast of Cuba". It is only then that we started to climb to the top of the Gran Piedra. This ascent proved to be enough sports towards the end, the difficulty is increasing as has obscured the sky. Upstairs we discovered off the lights of the cities, but we must of course go back day to enjoy a panoramic view of the sea and the Sierra Maestra. The descent on the other side, by 452 markets of the staircase which was laid out, is significantly less difficult. I recommend you spend the night at the nearby motel, which belongs to the hotel ISLAZUL group. It offers comfortable, spacious, bungalows safe and have balconies with an unforgettable view. The "half" is available with a very good quality-price ratio. This Gran Piedra is a curiosity of nature that is still causing debate between geologists and experts all emphasize the floristic richness and fauna as well as the climate and ecological asset. It is regrettable that nothing should be done to promote access and preservation. Because of the absence of public transit and the exorbitant cost of individual and group excursions, only a privileged foreign customer is able to enjoy the beauty and the exceptional interest of the site. Paradoxically, it was erected National Monument by the authorities in December 1991. But today, few Cuban families go there while only 20 kilometers separate it from the city of Santiago. Travel agencies and drivers of taxis circulate endlessly the fallacious pretext of a terribly damaged road and accidents to impose excessive prices, and this exaggerated or even false argument is repeated and amplified by a lot of people who have never been check on the spot: it's all just outrageous!
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  • I loved the view I got, I had a fantastic time there. I took so many wonderful pictures of me and my wife there. 
  • Tough trip to the top but amazing view! Combined with trip Baconoa and Siboney. To get some fresh air which is difficult to find downtown Santiago de Cuba. 
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  • Great vantage point, which it must overcome some stairs, is spoiled but man with a great view.
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