Cuba’s Summit: Hiking Pico Turquino - Hiking Tour
Are you physically fit and looking for an active travel adventure? If so, this is the perfect tour of Cuba for you! This 8-day hiking trip to Pico Turquino will take you into unspoiled natural landscapes, far from crowds of other tourists. One of the highlights of this adventure is sure to be climbing Cuba’s highest mountain (1974m) in the Sierra Maestra mountain range.
- Guided Tour
- Accommodation in hotels and simple huts
- Comfortable, private transportation
- Travellers should be physically fit
- English-speaking tour leader and local guides
Travelling around Cuba in just 8 days, you'll experience Cuba's beautiful eastern provinces. You'll climb Pico Turquino, Cuba’s highest mountain, experience the rhythmic city of Santiago de Cuba, and explore the lush Cuban wilderness!
The Sierra Maestra Mountains played an important role in the Cuban Revolution and your guide will provide you with plenty of fascinating information about the historic events which took place here. Since this is such an active tour we recommend that you spend a few days relaxing on the pristine Guardalavaca beach at the end of your trip. Here you can reflect on your journey and treat yourself to a little well-deserved luxury!
Hiking Pico Turquino
Make sure to bring sturdy boots for this tour, as you'll be hiking through some rugged, but very rewarding terrain. You'll get to explore the Sierra Maestra Mountains and visit Fidel Castro’s revolutionary headquarters, where even the radio stations and infirmary have been preserved. As you hike through these now peaceful landscapes you can imagine them as they once were, full of revolutionary soldiers who were passionate about overthrowing the old regime.
Below you’ll find the day-by-day breakdown for our Cuban Flair by Bike tour.
Cuba’s Summit: Hiking Pico Turquino - Hiking Tour Itinerary
Welcome to Holguin! You will arrive at the international airport in Holguin. We can arrange a transfer to the hotel for you (optional) or you can organise transportation yourself.
3* Hotel in Holguin
Your tour guide will meet you in reception at 8:30am. The bus will bring you to the charming town of Bayamo, which is located at the base of the Sierra Maestra mountain range. After a short guided tour through the city you will head to the Sierra Maestra, where you will begin your first hike. From the Alto de Naranja you will follow the same path as Cuban revolutionaries, to the Comandancia de la Plata, the former headquarters of Fidel Castro.
Hike: approx. 2 hours (Easy)
Camping in Tents Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today’s final destination is Aguada de Joaquin (1.360m). We will guide you on a hike through the lush rainforest of Turquino National Park and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere in the mountains.
Hike: approx. 5 hours (Medium)
Camping in Huts / Tents Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today you will embark on the most demanding, but most rewarding, leg of your hiking trip. Today you will ascend Cuba’s highest mountain (1.974m). The hike will bring you through a variety of beautiful natural landscapes. Take a break at the top while you take in the stunning panoramic views, then hike back down to Aguada de Joaqin. From here the bus will take you to the charming Hotel El Salton.
Hike: approx. 8-9 hours (Hard)
2* Hotel in the Sierra Maestra Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
A relaxing day awaits you in the Sierra Maestra region. The hike will take you to the beautiful and refreshing waterfall of El Salton where you can enjoy a swim and a cool, natural shower to restore yourself from the demanding hikes of the past few days. Tonight you will once again stay at the idyllic Hotel El Salton.
Hike: approx. 3.5 hours (Easy)
2* Hotel in the Sierra Maestra Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today you must leave the majestic Sierra Meastra Mountains behind as you travel to Santiago de Cuba, also known as the second capital of Cuba. Get caught up in the lively Caribbean way of life as you discover the highlights of this vibrant city on a guided tour!
3* Hotel in Santiago Breakfast, Dinner
After breakfast the bus will take you back to the lovely city of Holguin. In the afternoon you can enjoy free time and explore the city and its numerous parks.
3* Hotel in Holguin Breakfast
Transfer to the airport of Holguin (optional). If you decide to stay and enjoy the beautiful island of Cuba a little bit longer we would also be delighted to book some extra services for you (optional).
This tour is ideal if you want a holiday that takes you off the beaten track. This hiking adventure will take you to the less touristy parts of Cuba, made that much more beautiful by their remoteness. If you can do without luxury for a few days and feel like going on a journey that's truly exciting, then this tour is for you! Your experienced guide will assist you with practical matters and give you fascinating information about the country, people, and wildlife.
We recommend that you read this information carefully before booking or departure. Here you will find important information about our Cuba’s Summit tour. Be aware that you may need to get some vaccinations in advance. This trip includes several excursions, but there is also allocated time for optional activities. Let one of our friendly tour guides help you book any additional adventures.
Important advice regarding entry and exit, necessary vaccinations and general information about the country and people can be found here. If you have any further questions one of our staff members would be more than happy to help.
- 5 nights in hotels
- 3 nights camping in the Turquino National Park
- All transfers during the tour in air-conditioned vehicles
- Professional English-speaking guide
What's not included?
- International flights to/from Cuba
- Transfers between airport and accommodation
- Cuba Entry Card (tourist visa): booking available on request
- Optional offers/activities and services
- Departure Tax
- Travel Insurance
- Tips and gratuities
- Sleeping Bag - essential for camping nights
Prices & Dates
Prices and Dates for the Cuba’s Summit: Hiking Pico Turquino - Hiking Tour
* prices listed are per person
- Transfer IN/OUT optional:
- Holguin Airport - Holguin Hotel
- ONE WAY Price per person in connection with the tour: $19 CAD
- If a hotel mentioned in the itinerary is fully booked we'll ensure that you're accommodated in a hotel of equivalent standard.
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