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. Add La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock) and other attractions to your Santiago de Cuba trip itinerary using our Santiago de Cuba journey planning website .
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  • However, the view was great and the admission not überrissen. -> In the morning should the view be always better, so as soon as possible. At best it is difficult a little one before visiting, to imagine the great stone and has great expectations. I would try this, a bit small to keep, then you will not be disappointed. The rock is ok, but probably not quite as such as in the imagination. The view is pretty great, hinterland and coast are impressive from above and make the visit worthwhile. 2cuc admission are ok. Taxi for 3 people took with lucky 40cuc (as price would have been own. only for 1 person and is steeply up) for one way 45min, then 2 h 15 min stay and then return. The climate as above on ca 1200müm was pleasant and a welcome change. Comfortable shoes and clothes wear, take water and sunscreen. It was a great half-day excursion, we would recommend it yet.
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  • Great day trip from Santiago. Nice to leave the bags at our casa and hit La Gran Piedra. Climb was a bad mother, the views from the top were great, the descent was nuts. Go jump in the ocean down at S...  more »
  • You should go when the sky is clear otherwise you will not be able to enjoy the view. We hired a taxi/guide for 60 CUC; He drove us to the Grand Piedra, the old coffee plantation, the botanical garden...  more »
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