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Hiking Pico Turquino, anyone ?

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Hiking Pico Turquino, anyone ?

I would like to go to Pico Turquino in the Sierra Maestra mountains. Looking for information concerning the hike. How long is the hike ? Better to start from the North or South side ? etc...

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1. Re: Hiking Pico Turquino, anyone ?

here's an interesting site www.summitpost.org/pico-turquino/154032

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Can anyone recomend a tour group/guide? struggling to find anyone online

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I just got back from Pico Turquino and loved it.

It is 10.2 km from top to bottom with a vertical of 2000m. At the 4km mark on the way up, there is a small hut/farm/cafe that will prepare tea or coffee. It is run by a deserving young family that make about $125/year, a cute couple with 2 young daughters. If you can, either bring up some clothes or money to help them out.

The trail is marked and guided with exceptional views. You can't see much at the summit,but have the opportunity to see spectacular views along the way.You actually pass 2 other peaks on the way to the summit.

My 21 year old daughter who plays varsity soccer didn't have any trouble with the trek and probably could have jogged it. She did complain of sore muscles the next day but was fully functional. My 19 year old daughter who had her head in a book for the past 3 semesters without working out at all found it difficult. My 49 year old wife that doesn't work out often found it difficult as did I.

I carried about 14 litres of water for the group and snacks, you will need it. The trek took about 10 hours from top to bottom with several short breaks. I would recommend going slower. The guides will turn you back if they think you won't make it by dark and the entrance closes at 10 am. An excellent meal is served when you finish at the base.

Our guide didn't speak much english so a knowledge of the language or a translation book would be benefitial.

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Thanks for all this advice! What is the best way to get to Pico Turquino from Varadero or Santa Clara? it seems too far to drive?

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nice to read your report on the Pico climb. We are going there in August and think about climbing the pico too. Did you start from Las Cuevas or from Santa Domingo. And could you tell anyhing about the path, is it dangerous? I am afraid of walking along steep abysms...

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We have just climbed pico with a small group from Exodus, We stayed in bunk house Joaquin the night before ( 5 hour trek from where road ends) then started at 5.10am to top a 3 hour stiff climb, we then descended to Joaquin and then had lunch and walked a further 5 hours to Plata bunk house, but 5 other walkers from Greeece carried on to Las Huevas the best option in my opinion although if you want to see Fidel's hide out in Sierra Maestra best to do this before going up to Joaquin we did it after wards, Climbing is steep but steps available and in some places handrails, lots of water needed and sticks/poles helpful.

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I think most people get a taxi to start and are collected from other end at Las Huevas, people doing it independently came from Santiago I think and paid 140 CUC's each which included accomodation at Joaquin for one night and guide.

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Dan, what company or who did you use as your tour guide?

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We were with a British company called Exodus, local guide was Raul. I think you can get them from Santa Domingo Park Office, but any of the state tourist companies in the larger towns would book one for you eg Cubacan tours. I think there are about 3 state tourist companies who will book it for you.

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