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  • Areas of Natural Interest: Desembarco del Granma National Park

    Areas of Natural Interest: Desembarco del Granma National Park, Granma. Cuba

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  • Description Areas of Natural Interest: Desembarco del Granma National Park, Granma. Cuba

    the Desembarco del Granma National Park became the first place in Cuba that UNESCO declared to be a part of world natural heritage. Its geographical features make it one of the most notable places in the Cuban archipelago and one of world importance. Located in the westernmost part of the Sierra Maestra Mountains, it covers an area of around 25,000 hectares, with beautiful cliffs and tall vertical escarpments that are very well preserved. It contains the second largest and best preserved system of marine terraces (both submerged and above water) in the world. The above-water terraces reach a height of 1181 feet (360 meters) above sea level, with differences in height between adjoining terraces of as much as 324 feet (100 meters). Twenty levels have emerged from the depths of the Caribbean Sea.

    The submerged part of this terrace system is outstanding for its diversity and excellent state of conservation. The great depth of the sea near the coast creates currents of very clean water that allow for considerable development of marine life.  The most outstanding aspect of the park is the great development of its geographic features. The cliffs of the terraces are of great interest, because, in addition to their beauty, they are important refuges for native flora and fauna. Here, you can find vertical caves which contain pictographs and other traces of former Indian occupation.

    The most important plant formations are the ones growing on the terraces, which, together with the coastal xeromorphic thickets, contain the greatest number of interesting species. Much of the original vegetation has been preserved, and more than 600 species of plants have been identified. The most important species of fauna—because they are endemic or endangered—are the Ligus vitattus, a species of land mollusk, and the Cuban night lizard (Crycosaura tipica). Both of these species are locally endemic to the park.

    The caves contain abundant evidence that Indians used to live in this area: bits of pottery, stone carvings and pictographs, which show the level attained by those communities. Samuel’s and Fustete Caves, in particular, are places of myth and legend related to the aboriginal cultures and to our times. In addition, this area was the scene of important events in Cuba’s history. The cabin cruiser Granma landed on its western coast in 1956, bringing Fidel Castro and 81 other expeditionaries from Mexico to begin the Revolutionary War in the Sierra Maestra Mountains—the action for which this national park is named.

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  • Airports next to Areas of Natural Interest: Desembarco del Granma National Park
  • Airports: Manzanillo  Airport

    Manzanillo Airport

    Sierra Maestra Airport (IATA: MZO, ICAO: MUMZ) is a regional airport that serves the town of Manzanillo in Cuba.

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  • Desembarco del Granma National Park Desembarco del Granma National Park

    Lat:19.86990   Lon:-77.70520 

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    the Desembarco del Granma National Park became the first place in Cuba that UNESCO declared to be a…

  • River next to Areas of Natural Interest: Desembarco del Granma National Park
  • Rio Limones Rio Limones

    Lat:19.966670   Lon:-77.650000 

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    Rio Toro Rio Toro

    Lat:19.866670   Lon:-77.450000 

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    Rio Guisa Rio Guisa

    Lat:20.016670   Lon:-77.483330 

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    Rio Sevilla Rio Sevilla

    Lat:20.091670   Lon:-77.524440 

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    Rio Las Puercas Rio Las Puercas

    Lat:19.850000   Lon:-77.366670 

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    Rio Macaca Rio Macaca

    Lat:20.133330   Lon:-77.483330 

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    Arroyo Colonio Arroyo Colonio

    Lat:20.000000   Lon:-77.366670 

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    Rio Vicana Rio Vicana

    Lat:20.150000   Lon:-77.450000 

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    Rio Tana Rio Tana

    Lat:20.167220   Lon:-77.431110 

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    Rio Sibama Rio Sibama

    Lat:20.166670   Lon:-77.400000 

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  • Streams next to Areas of Natural Interest: Desembarco del Granma National Park
  • Rio Ojo de Agua Rio Ojo de Agua

    Lat:19.950000   Lon:-77.633330 

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    Arroyo Hondon Arroyo Hondon

    Lat:20.000830   Lon:-77.633890 

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    Rio Nuevo Rio Nuevo

    Lat:19.975830   Lon:-77.580560 

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    Cañada Jondon Cañada Jondon

    Lat:20.010830   Lon:-77.625560 

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    Cañada del Yuraguanal Cañada del Yuraguanal

    Lat:19.983330   Lon:-77.566670 

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    Arroyo Guanito Arroyo Guanito

    Lat:20.030830   Lon:-77.610830 

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    Arroyo Cachon Arroyo Cachon

    Lat:20.033330   Lon:-77.600000 

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    Cañada Corcobada Cañada Corcobada

    Lat:20.024440   Lon:-77.558890 

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    Arroyo Conveniencia Arroyo Conveniencia

    Lat:19.950000   Lon:-77.500000 

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    Arroyo Guaimaral Arroyo Guaimaral

    Lat:20.066670   Lon:-77.566670 

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  • Mountain next to Areas of Natural Interest: Desembarco del Granma National Park
  • Loma Regina Loma Regina

    Lat:19.916670   Lon:-77.433330 

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    Alto del Mamey Alto del Mamey

    Lat:19.916670   Lon:-77.400000 

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    Loma Triana Loma Triana

    Lat:20.100000   Lon:-77.433330 

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    Loma Purgatorio Loma Purgatorio

    Lat:19.933330   Lon:-77.300000 

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    Loma La Lima Loma La Lima

    Lat:20.016670   Lon:-77.316670 

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    Loma de la Nigua Loma de la Nigua

    Lat:19.983330   Lon:-77.300000 

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    Loma Aguada Loma Aguada

    Lat:19.916670   Lon:-77.266670 

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    Maria del Carmen Maria del Carmen

    Lat:19.916390   Lon:-77.239720 

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  • Sierras next to Areas of Natural Interest: Desembarco del Granma National Park
  • Estribo de las Piedras Estribo de las Piedras

    Lat:19.950000   Lon:-77.450000 

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    Lomas de Portillo Lomas de Portillo

    Lat:19.933330   Lon:-77.250000 

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  • Peak next to Areas of Natural Interest: Desembarco del Granma National Park
  • Pico las Calabazas Pico las Calabazas

    Lat:19.916670   Lon:-77.416670 

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    Loma la Peñona Loma la Peñona

    Lat:19.950000   Lon:-77.283330 

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    Pico la Jocuma Pico la Jocuma

    Lat:19.950000   Lon:-77.266670 

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  • Nature Trails in Granma
  • Morlotte Fustete Trail Morlotte Fustete Trail

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    Located in Desembarco del Granma National Park. This footpath is conceived with facilities like stairs,…

    El Samuel Trail El Samuel Trail

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    Located in Desembarco del Granma National Park. In this footpath the visitor has the possibility of…

    El Guafe Trail El Guafe Trail

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    Located in Desembarco del Granma National Park. In this footpath the visitor will be able to be in contact…

    Turquino Trail Turquino Trail

    Lat:19.98940   Lon:-76.83700 

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    1st Day 6.30 : Transfer from santo Domingo to Alto del Naranjo. 8.30 : After a short rest continus the…

    Cilantro River Falls Trail Cilantro River Falls Trail

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    The trail begins on horseback or by jeep up to 100 metres before arriving at Rancho Portillo; the last…

    Salto del Guayabito Salto del Guayabito

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    The route begins in Mota Dos town, where the clients approach the horses and take the parallel way to the…

  • Desembarco del Granma National Park is located in Granma
  • The territory limits to the north with the provinces of Las Tunas and Holguín; to the west with the Gulf of Guacanayabo; to the south with the Caribbean Sea, and to the east with Santiago de Cuba. It has more than 760 000 inhabitants in its 8 470 , Km2 of territorial extension.

    There are two airports: Sierra Maestra, located in Manzanillo for international operations, and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, in Bayamo, for domestic flights. By road, the Central Highway links Granma with the other cities of the country. The Sierra Maestra majestic mountains, main mountainous group of Cuba, the intense blue colour of the Caribbean Sea and the fertile plains bathed by rivers coming from the high mountains present Granma as presenting a wide range of contrasts. "Desembarco del Granma" National Park is within the limits of this province, declared by UNESCO, as World Natural Site.

    The province is known as the Birthplace of Cuban Nationality and preserves a rich historical and cultural heritage. It was in this city where the National Anthem of Cuba was sung for the first time. In this region is indispensable to visit Desembarco del Granma National Park, with its very interesting natural phenomena and areas of exceptional beauty. There are also other places to be visited, such as La Demajagua Park, where on October 10th, 1868, the Cuban struggles for independence began; Manzanillo, a coastal city wrapped in an atmosphere of pirates and corsairs' legends, and Bayamo, provincial capital and National Monument.

    A stay at Marea del Portillo hotel, with a beach that draws attention for the dark colour of its sand, is ideal to discover the charms of Cayo Blanco, a place of suggestive sea bottoms; to enter the impressive system of marine terraces or to come closer to the natural and archaeological reservation El Guafe. Excursions to its mountainous system are one of the biggest attractiveness, for the visitor has the possibility to go into one of the more preserved, intimate, and better places of Cuban nature.

     

     

     

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    RobinThom

    “Desembarco del Granma National Park. ”
    This is an other UNESCO as a World Heritage Site that stretches from Cabot Cruz to Pilon in Granma Province. The best place to stay is the Hotel Niquero or Hotel Villa Las Coloradas. The guide center is at the entry to the park in Las Coloradas. The guides speak many different languages and can take you on walking tours... More