La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock)

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La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock)
4.5
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MarkkuJ60
Veikkola, Finland117 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
I arrived around 8.30 am Tuesday morning. Nearly nobody else. The road is windy but in ok condition for Cuban srandards. Quite possible for any rental car. The entrance to the stairs with 459 steps(if I remember correctly) is through a building next to large parking lot. Very impressive 360 scenery indeed. Windy or cloudy days could be an issue. I enjoyed a lot in spite of high wind. Early morning in calm and clear sky day could be the best for this place.
Written January 14, 2020
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utazas2015
Eastbourne, UK49 contributions
Feb 2020
Nice place to visit. A bit of touring, hiking and if you are lucky in clear weather you can see till Guantanamo. Sometimes cheeky as the weather even if it`s clear and sunny downstairs when you go up around the mountains it can be foggy or cloudy. Usually if the morning weather is clear you are good to go. Nice scenery, little handmade art souvenirs possible to buy. Nice for photographers.
There is a coffee farm 30 min walk/hike/tour near to it.
Written March 10, 2020
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NenaM128
Kelowna, Canada12 contributions
Feb 2022
The road from Santiago de Cuba, was not in a good shape, but it payed off coming here. It took us more than one hour in one direction and then you have to climb a lot of stairs. It was what we wanted. To have great exercise.
Written April 22, 2022
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dianedinky
253 contributions
Mar 2020
I do a climb of some sort every holiday I go on and this was by far the easiest. It has only 459 steps and much of the way is just a walk along a gentle incline. You get superb views at a viewing stop around halfway so you don't need to go to the top if you prefer not to. The last part does have a few very steep steps and the final climb is just a very steep hill to manage (no steps), but both parts have good, strong handrails on both sides. The views from the top are certainly worth the extra effort. We lucked out and got a glorious sunny day and could see right along the Cuban coast. It only took us about 20-25 minutes to get to the top and that was at a nice relaxed pace so very doable for most people.
Oh, and there was a stall at the top. I'd normally be surprised but this was Cuba and they do love to pop a retail outlet wherever a tourist may be, no matter where that may be!
Written April 27, 2020
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GunnhildB
Oslo, Norway92 contributions
Jan 2013 • Friends
The Gran Piedra is not far from Santiago de Cuba, but because of the steep road up there (which is very hard on the old cars) you should expect to pay around 50 CUC to go there. The area was hit really hard by hurricane Sandy, so the forest is not as dense as it used to be and a lot of trees and houses has been destroyed.

There's a restaurant at the end of the road, and from there it's 452 steps up to the top at 1234 meters. We were told that the steps used to be wet and covered in moss, and that hardly any sunlight got through the dense vegetation. But it was not like this anymore. A lot of the plants and trees were destroyed, and the path was mainly dry. On top of of the mountain lies the Gran Piedra, a giant 63000-ton rock, 51 meters long and 25 meters high. The views from the top of the rock were fantastic in all directions.

On the way down we stopped at Jardin Gran Piedra, a garden built in an old coffee plantation from the 17th century. They har lots of beautiful flowers, trees, a wonderful orchid garden and were in particular known for their colorful “Bird of paradise” flowers.
Written March 3, 2013
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Rene-de-Belgica
Havana, Cuba106 contributions
Oct 2011 • Couples
Less known place of interest and part of the Gran Piedra National Park. Can be reached by a steep slope. It is highly recommended that you have a car at your disposal. Most taxis can't climb the steep road.

This park is situated at a distance of apr. 25 km. from the city Santiago de Cuba. Besides the Gran Piedra you can visit an old cafetal 'Isabelica' and a botanical garden.

The best time to visit is the morning for the probability of a cloudless sky is than greater. I would suggest to stay one night in one of the cabañas of Villa La Gran Piedra. Keywords: nature, silence, green, humidity and outlook.
Written November 15, 2011
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Julie C
Gateshead, UK269 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
Our casa organised a taxi for us to visit La Gran Piedra for 60CUC including waiting time. It's a very long uphill road from the main highway but in good condition and not busy. There's a hotel and car park at top - you need to go into the hotel to pay the 2CUC fee to climb to the top. It's not a difficult climb, the steps are in good condition and not steep, anyone with a moderate fitness level could make it if they took their time. Amazing views all around from the top of the rock, and also a couple of souvenir stalls - the vendors were friendly and not pushy (we didn't buy). Descend down other side and walk 25mins to Cafetal Isabelica - well worth it (or go back to your car and drive along the dirt road to the cafetal entrance). Also good views of the rock from this direction.

The Cafetal Isabelica coffee plantation museum far exceeded our expectations. The reconstructed owners' house is set in beautiful gardens. Entry was 2CUC each plus 5CUC for cameras (didn't pay, we snuck a few photos). We were offered a guide (in Spanish) but decided not as my Spanish is not very good. In the end we started talking to the gentleman who looks after the upper floor and he spoke very slowly and clearly so that I could understand. Very interesting history, plantation tools downstairs and owners living quarters reconstruction upstairs. Paid an extra 1CUC each for a cup of very good coffee. Walk back to the car park along the dirt road (no need to go back over the Gran Piedra!).

We go pretty slowly as we like to look at everything and take lots of photos and the total time for the trip (Santiago - Santiago) was about 4.5 hours so comfortably a half day.
Written August 12, 2016
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mmmarjo
Toronto, Canada47 contributions
Dec 2014
We booked a day trip up La Gran Piedra through our hotel. It seemed expensive - maybe $70 CAD each for four of us - but it was well worth it. This is the highest mountain in Cuba, and it has its own microclimate, like its own private cloud up there, though it was sunnyquite a bit. The botanical gardens were very interesting, with a real variety of plants, and a knowledgeable guide. Very interesting tour of a historical coffee plantation. GREAT views. A very pleasant change of pace from days spent on the beach!
We could just barely see Guantanamo in the distance.
Written August 27, 2015
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LoveChichi
Mississauga, Canada183 contributions
Feb 2017 • Solo
If you go to Santiago de Cuba this visit is a must. Please dont hesitate. The best time to visit La Piedra is early in the morning. There are 400 steps to climb up so take your time and a bottle of water. Lot of history behind the Piedra, hope you go with a guide tour. When up you will be able to see other Caribbean islands. There are vendors at the middle of the journey selling coffee, chocolate and honey. I got them all, Honey is pure (not mixed with other things) Coffee very good and lot cheaper and the chocolate is pure cacao. Help the Cuban economy and get some, you wont regret :)
Written May 23, 2017
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frnaubin
3 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
The Big Rock, as it is known in English is a place that would enchant the most demanding picture hunter. Accessible either by hiking or by car you must, first, stop by the botanical garden that's right before reaching the base of the rock and get thrilled by the powerful blossom of the exotic plants. Carry on, get to the Piedra and climb up the steps, on top of it you will get your reward. The panoramic scenery opens before you. Start shooting!!
Written September 6, 2016
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