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City: Bartolome Maso State: Santiago de Cuba Province Country: Cuba
Pico Turquino is the highest point in Cuba at 1,974 m (6475 ft) . It is located in the southeast part of the island, in the Sierra Maestra mountain range in Santiago de Cuba Province. Turquino National Park is established on a 229.38 km² (88.56 sq mi) area around the peak. This wildly rugged and remote mountain chain runs along the south coast of Cuba for 140 km (87 mi), only a little way inland from the sea, near the charming secluded beach resort of Marea del Portillo. Some of the most pristine mountain scenery in the entire Caribbean is here - rivers, forests, peaks and valleys of overwhelming beauty. The area was virtually inaccessible until a road was built twenty years ago, and only a few indigenous subsistence farmers live here, as they always have done, in close harmony with nature. A huge variety of endemic plant life flourishes in the park as well as around 600 species of fauna, including unusual butterflies, more than 60 species of bird, and 30 different kinds of reptile. Pico Turquino is just as important historically as it is ecologically. On the climb to its summit, you can visit La Comandancia de la Plata - the headquarters of the revolutionary movement, where Fidel Castro and his followers based themselves.
Climate | When to Visit
Visit during: November to May
Directions | How to Reach
Fly to Santiago de Cuba. Bus via Bayamo to Buey Arriba (about 3 hours).
miscellaneous | Important Information
Don't miss the Marea del Portillo Beach, the islet of Cayo Blanco and the Las Yaguas waterfall.A bust of José Martí, sculpted by Jilma Madera, was placed on the peak to celebrate his centenary.