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“EL YUNQUE-"THE ANVILL" MOUNTAIN NATURE RESERVE”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of El Yunque

El Yunque
Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Baracoa
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“EL YUNQUE-"THE ANVILL" MOUNTAIN NATURE RESERVE”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2014

Baracoa has Cuba,s lushest rain-forests and is well off the beaten track.

A trip from Holguin or Santiago to Baracoa is best for several overnight stays in Baracoa to take in the beauty of the nature reserve.

The ascent of EL YUNQUE is quite steep and muddy but there are wonderful cascades at Rio Duaba to relax afterwards.
A little upstream a small waterfall joins the Duaba river also a nice destination for a hike.
Cocoa plantations surround the reserve and tall royal palms shade the cocoa trees from the strong Cuban sun.
On top of EL YUNQUE there are bromeliads and cuban endemic coccotrinax palms and a statue of an hero of the 19th century Cuban war of independence,I believe it is venezuelan born Antonio Maceo.

A Cuban guide is recommended so is transport to and from Baracoa,only fruit is available to buy at rio Duaba.

Visited February 2013
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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“Day trip”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2013

Great opportunity for a day trip. Be sure to get a guide with you and get ready for a beatiful natural waterfall and pool :)

Visited November 2013
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Medford, Oregon
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“Great Jungle hiking!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013

I wanted a hike in the jungle and I got it! The highlight was the stop about 2/3rds of the way, where a local farmer had a table of delicious fruit. All I could eat for 1 CUC! I could have stayed the whole afternoon!

Visited October 2013
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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“Hike to the summit of El Yunque - best part of the trip to Baracoa”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

The hike is well worth the effort: beautiful views of Baracoa from the summit and the hike is also very enjoyable, getting to see some of the flora and fauna of the region. It took us less than 4 hours to get to the summit and back. The price is very affordable 13 CUC per person with guide and entry fee included. After the hike you can swim in a beautiful crystal clear river (El Toa).

Visited August 2013
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Brussels, Belgium
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“Great views guaranteed”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

It takes aprox. 2,5 hours of hiking to reach to the top. But it is really worth it. Great views guaranteed!

Visited July 2013
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