Alejandro de Humboldt National Park, Cuba

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Alejandro de Humboldt National Park is a national park in the Cuban provinces of Holguín and Guantánamo. It is named after the German scientist Alexander von Humboldt who visited the island in 1800 and 1801. The park was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001 for of its size, altitude range, complex lithology, landform diversity, and wealth of endemic flora and fauna.OverviewThe rivers that flow off the peaks of the park are some of the largest in the insular Caribbean. The park is said to be the most humid place in Cuba and this causes a high biological diversity. The park has an area of 711.38km2, of which 685.72km2 land area and 22.63km2 marine area. Elevation ranges from sea level to 1168m on El Toldo Peak.16 of Cuba's 28 endemic plant species are protected in the park including such fauna as Dracaena cubensis and Podocarpus ekman. Fauna present in the park includes various species of parrots, lizards, hummingbirds, the endangered Cuban solenodon (endemic), hutia and snails.
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  • We recommend the excursion organized by Cubatur. It includes: - 2 hours of taxi back and forth - 4 hours of hiking around - 1 hour of swimming in a natural pool - 1 hour of beach - 1 English guide very interesting and competent The landscapes are beautiful. We had to go through difficult but achievable paths. Bring good walking shoes as well as water shoes to cross the many waterways. Also plan swimsuits and plenty of water. Warning: Roads are very impassable. Lovers of transport sickness will need to take a small medication.
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  • We are on a Saturday in the park and wanted to hike the long tour, for which one supposedly needs 5h (approx. 7km, Balcon de Caribe). We organized the excursion via a tour information in Baracoa. Since we were the only participants, we had to pay the taxi ourselves plus the entrance fee. A total of 70CUC (was already expensive). However, the driver was great and told the story all the time. He is also very sure to have been curled around on this Huckel piste. At the entrance of the park we picked up the guide and drove about 2-3km up the road. Well, and then the guide just said, "Ready? Go!". A bit of a strange invitation, but maybe it's just a language problem?! - we thought. Then he progressed very slowly, pointed to plantations or trees and used their names - without speaking a full sentence. We went up the hill and down in the sun - more trees, a tocororo, further finger pointing and one-syllable explanations. During a short stop in the shade, he made a long face and stared into the void. With a bit of bad Spanish, I told him that he studied forestry at Guantanamo and has always lived in this corner of Cuba. The rest of the way he stayed the same as before - he was grumpy with a long face and obviously had no desire to walk around with tourists. His explanations were brief. In front of the bathing area there was a stall, which a young guy had apparently built only for us. The two then quibbled: "Same procedure as everytime." and blasphemed in Spanish, as we took a photo with coconut. We didn't buy anything else and he had to pack his stuff back in. While we were splashing around the basin of the waterfall, the guide once again stared with a long face into the void. This was followed by the numerous crossings of the small river and after about 3.5h we were back at the starting point, where a family offered another stall for us, where we could buy drinks and homemade dumplings made from bread fruit. That was super delicious. A corresponding comment on my part was positively received by the saleswoman, by our guide with further slacks. I don't like to speak Spanish, but I also have ears. In short: the trip is worthwhile. You don't need 5h for the long distance. Our guide was really slow and we certainly bathed for half an hour - nevertheless we were only 3.5h on the road. As a guide, I wish everyone the Alberto Garcia, who has been mentioned here so many times, or at least someone who is not as snoring as our forester.
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  • One of the most important places in terms of endemic biodiversity in the Caribbean. Very impressive!
  • Beautiful nature, endemic plants and animals. Flora and fauna there is amazing. Also opportunity to cool down swimming im the natural pools.
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