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.
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