Let the magical wonder of the Escambray Mountain Range surround you as you experience the beauty of these spectacular mountains alongside the tropical forests, fishing villages and mystical lakes. This breath taking mountain range can be found in the south-central region of Cuba, and extends an incredible 80 kilometres from East to West and another 80 kilometres from North to South.
The Escambray Mountain Range is known for its exceptional natural beauty but combined with its role in the battles of Cuba - these beautiful peaks have an incredible story and an unimaginable historical importance.
The story of the Sierra del Escambray
The Escambray Mountain Range can be divided into two reserves. The Agabama River acts as a dividing point for the Western part of the range - known as the Guamuhaya Mountains and the eastern range which is known as the Sierra de Sancti Spiritus. Within the mountain ranges you will be spoilt for choice when looking for the gems of Mother Nature. The region proudly showcases enchanting caves, breath-taking waterfalls, flowing rivers, canyons and an abundance of fauna and flora species.
Having been declared a UNESCO Heritage Site the Escambray Mountain Range is known for the natural beauty that captivates visitors from all over the world, but the significance of the mountain range in the country’s history cannot be forgotten. These mountains served as the stage and battlefield for the War against the Bandits between 1960 and 1962 and were also the planned refuge during the Bay of Pigs Invasion but were never introduced for use as such.
Accomodation near the Escambray Mountain Range
There are a number of small villages and towns nearby so choose your preferred destination and enjoy a truly Cuban experience in the heart of the wilderness. La Bocca Fishing Village has a few cosy lodges as well as a few bed and breakfasts, so if you are looking for an authentic experience then this might well be the perfect destination. In the heart of exceptional natural beauty the Escambray Mountain Range is guaranteed to be the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable experience, so enjoy Cuban hospitality and make the most of your stunning surroundings.
What to see and do in the Sierra del Escambray
The Escambray Mountain Range is the second biggest mountain range in Cuba and is a popular attraction for hiking enthusiasts. There are a number of hiking and trekking trails throughout the range and the opportunity for species spotting is amazing. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the waterfalls, canyons and caves as you become one with nature in Cuba.
The Great National Park Topes de Collantes is a must see for every tourist, as this reserve boasts Cuban botanical, zoological and ecological beauty. This eccentric nature park is known for their hiking trails along with the specialised guides who endeavour to enlighten and intrigue visitors from the very first step until the last.
While this mountain range is filled with natural beauty and ecological wonder there are also a number of cultural and historical attractions. Discover the small fishing villages nearby, explore the agricultural lands by truck or simply indulge in the local Cuban cuisine. For those of you who would like to broaden your horizons, be sure to visit the tempting lands of Trinidad. Some parts of the mountain range are within a few kilometres of Trinidad, so if you want to expand your explorations then an exciting adventure awaits in Cuba and Trinidad.