El Yunque, Baracoa

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Spotted way back in 1492 by Christopher Columbus, El Yunque continues to attract those seeking adventure in the exotic and still mysterious Cuban paradise. Rent a bike or a horse, or hike up on foot to reach the top at 575 m (1,886 ft). From there, you'll witness the endless horizon spreading across the deep blue sea, gigantic trees, and colorful flowers of the tropical wilderness. Have in mind that frequent rain showers usually make the terrain muddy and slippery, so wear appropriate hiking boots. Bring a swimsuit for the hip-deep river crossings, crystal clear waterfalls, and natural pools--all welcome refreshment along the way. Arrange your visit to El Yunque and discover more family-friendly attractions in Baracoa using our Baracoa trip itinerary planning website .
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  • We spent several days in the area of Baracoa and the Anundel. We stayed in a popular campsite (Campismo) at local prices and with a great atmosphere, touching the river and sharing with national tourists. We strolled around and were able to enjoy a quiet and relaxed natural atmosphere, mountain, river and by the sea, in the unraveling of the Toa River. The problem was that as soon as you touched a tourist area, you were charged an excessive ticket (at our discretion) for entering, even being a natural place, like the waterfall of El Yunque, which we refused to pass through 8CUC per person. If at least the fundraiser was for the local people, you think about it, but for the government, no way. We recommend staying in a private house or in the same countryside to walk in the mountains and get closer to the beach, be in contact with the local people and enjoy the real nature! :)
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  • We did not make the ascent with guide simply the walk alone, which leads to the waterfall (8 CUC). We must follow a stony track, our mistake having continued with our rental car a little after the campsite, torn tire result! So it's better to walk an hour longer than to drive after the guardhouse, even if the locals tell you to continue by car. At the end of the trail, we arrive at the loop of the torrent, where we can bathe in hot water, then we cross the river (attention water up to the waist - a little current) to arrive at the waterfall that flows into a large natural basin , where you can of course swim. A beautiful memory, hardly tourists, only Cubans.
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  • It is the best trip you can prabably make from Barracoa to the jungle. If it it is rainy, the last third od the hill is really slippery.
  • I am born in Baracoa.. And not because it is my country I say this but the anvil to me seems a super beautiful place to visit and take pictures.. It's an amazing sight.
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