Escambray Mountains Highlights
Close to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Trinidad in the south-central region of Cuba, lies the vast and impressive Escambray Mountains. At around 80km long and wide, this impressive mountain range was the setting of the Escambray Rebellion in the 1950’s, and was also a planned but un-utilised refuge during the famous Bay of Pigs invasion.
The highest peak, Pico San Juan, rises to 3,150 ft above sea level, and the Escambray range is divided into two sections by the Agabama River. The western part named the Guamuhaya Mountains, and the eastern part, rising between Trinidad and Sancti Spiritus, is known as Sierra de Sancti Spíritus. Topes de Collantes is a nature reserve in the south-eastern ranges of the Escambray Mountains, protecting and showcasing caves, rivers, and waterfalls.
For those exploring nearby Trinidad, a day in the Escambray is a must but for the more adventurous traveller seeking an off-the-beaten-track simple retreat with plenty of outdoor living, trekking and activities, an overnight stay here is essential.