Cilantro River Falls Trail, Granma. Cuba
- Destination: Granma
- Open: Daily
- Address From: Granma Province. Cuba
Description Nature Trails: Cilantro River Falls Trail, Granma. Cuba
The trail begins on horseback or by jeep up to 100 metres before arriving at Rancho Portillo; the last stretch until the waterfall can only be done on foot. Along small paths on the first part of the trek, visitors can enjoy the characteristic landscapes of the Sierra Maestra, observing the houses, typical palm-roofed huts and fruit trees. On the way to Rancho Portillo visitors can observe the presence of thermal springs converted into wells with temperatures between 32 and 42 degrees. A visit is made to a peasant’s home in the area where many of the customs and traditions of Cuban country life can be seen. Time for a swim in the Rancho Portillo Falls, in the midst of abundant vegetation consisting of lumber and fruit trees.
Trip Length: 2 hours
Trail Length: 7000 m.
Maximum load capacity: 10 persons
Level of Difficulty: Average
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Cilantro River Falls Trail 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.