Excursion to "La Gran Piedra", Cafetal "La Isabélica" and Botanical Garden

Santiago de Cuba / Nature


5 hours

3 capacities

from EUR 16.23



About the host

Andres Ruíz

Available in Spanish, English and German

                            I live for 10 years in our house "Private Resort Villa Ruiz" in Siboney. I frequently take our guests to "La Gran Piedra". It is the most preferred excursion. "La Gran Piedra" is located in Baconao Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. I know very well the flora and fauna of this area.
                        

What will we do
                            Transportation by car from Siboney to Baconao Park, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. By a steep mountain road we reach higher climatic zones with different vegetation and cooler temperatures. There we visit the Botanical Garden. Visitors can admire a great variety of orchids, many beds, pines and other tropical plants. Also the fauna of "La Gran Piedra" is one of the strongest attractions. Around the mole fly woodpeckers, royal thrushes, sparrowhawks, torcazas, mayitos, captained by our national bird, the tocororo.

At the end of the Botanical Garden is a seemingly endless set of stairs that leads up to 1'234 meters maximum height.  La Gran Piedra is a large volcanic rock perched on top of a mountain, offering spectacular views from the misty peaks to the coastal plains. If the weather conditions are good, you can even enjoy a panoramic view of the coasts of Haiti and Jamaica. This stone is 51 meters long, 25 meters high and 30 meters wide. It is one of the largest monoliths in the world.

Nearby, we will visit the coffee plantation "La Isabelica", founded in colonial times by a Frenchman whose descendants are still the only operators. Where 32 slaves used to work, today there are drying stations for the coffee beans in front of the village.  Behind the house you can still admire the completely preserved plant, which was driven by pure human power, freed the beans from their shells. "La Isabelica" was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000.

Then we return to the Private Resort "Villa Ruiz" in Siboney, where we will serve you lunch on request so that you can refresh yourself from the excursion.
                        

  You should know also
To enjoy the magnificent view, you must start your excursion very early in the morning, as the peaks of the mountain ranges are often submerged in the clouds at noon. At this moment the temperatures of the viewpoint continue to drop. Take warm clothes with you. It can be quite cold at this altitude.

  We include
Transportation by car and guide


  Is not included
 
drinks complementary

 
food complementary

 
2 CUC each spot


  You should take
                                drinking water, warm clothes, good shoes
                            

Required age: Between 18 and 80 years.

Children: Participants can be with it's children. They are free of charge until 10 years.

Activity intensity: Moderate


Reserve

from EUR 16.23 / pax



Session(s)





Meeting point

Descubre la gran caverna

1 capacities

  Nature

from EUR 24.35 Viñales


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