La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock), Santiago de Cuba

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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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  • The tourism agencies in Santiago de Cuba, being very high rates, it is best to rent a taxi by partnering with other tourists. This block perched at the top of the mountain is a great viewpoint on the region. Nearby, you can visit before the Museum UNESCO Isabelica (CUC 2 + 1 CUC of right of photograph). On the way, you can borrow an easy path that leads to Grand Piedra and allows to cross the mountain. Up there, you can buy souvenirs and supplies. It can be cold on the Summit 1 254 m! The vendors wore the jackets. Descent by the normal path to the restaurant where you pay the ticket allowing the ascent to the Summit (2 CUC). The back can be a hook to Siboney beach.
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  • To go to La Gran Piedra recommended one day course. without clouds. You have to take the road that goes towards "Parque Baconao", 12 km away, towards the mountains. Its height is 1234 meters (4,000 feet) above sea level, during the ascent by car you notice the temperature drop, there are viewpoints and a beautiful view of the coast, the mountains and the city, with lush vegetation, ferns Giants among it. Stops at the viewpoints can be made to take pictures and film. After 14 km, you reach the base of the mountain where it is a cafeteria-restaurant. There are cabins available if you want to stay. From there begins to climb 459 steps until you reach the "great stone" considered that it was pushed at this altitude by the movement of tectonic plates in the region of the Caribbean. It is a huge block of rock of volcanic origin, with dimensions of 51 meters long, 25 high and 30 wide, with an estimated weight of more than 63,000 tons. On a dark night you can see the lights of Jamaica. And on a clear day you can see both coasts. The views from there are breathtaking, he is observed the coastline, the ocean and the mountains, the clouds are below the rock or you can play them occasionally. Declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1987. There is sale of handicrafts in the rock and sale of chocoate bars and flowers along the way. You can also visit the Botanical Garden "Bird of paradise" and "La Isabelica" Museum. I recommend to all this excursion.
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  • The downside of this tour, must be conveyed, because enough away from the city. However it is an exceptional landscape that we find, we breathe a little better, except amount 400 and a few steps. The Museum and the small coffee basis are essential. Also on the road leading to the Gran Piedra, notice all the stele in memory of those killed during the attack on the fort.
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