El Yungue is the flat topped mountain that lies a few km out of Baracoa off the road to Moa. It is 575m high and you climb from sea level to the top. It is a good hike but can easily be done in three hours (each way) by anybody reasonably fit. We had an excellent guide Fernando Estevez (53211366) who is based near the La Punta restaurant at the West end of the Malecon (Maximo Gomez No 4). You have to pay a few CUC to climb El Yungue and you have to have a Cuban guide. The flora and fauna are spectacular and the views from the rest-point and the top are spectacular. You will see fascinating birds, animal, insects, plants and trees and with a good guide, like Fernando, things will be pointed out that you might well have missed. Don't forget to take water and leave time when you come down to visit some of the local families and taste the 'potato fruit' cakes and home made hot chocolate. Don't forget to take water with you it is very hot and humid walking. You do not need walking boots, you start by having to wade a river.
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