Trails of the Cuban Revolution
7 days / 6 nights
Cuba is known for its beaches, old cars and cigars, and for Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. Almost single-handedly and at a very young age these two idealists and a handful of peasants took control of the highest and most rugged mountains on the island, and eventually took over the entire country, outsmarting dictator Fulgencio Batista and bringing a socialist system to power. With the recent passing of Fidel from the world of the living to the world of the Legends, now more than ever is the time pay tribute to their legacy by making the pilgrimage to the place where everything started, the Sierra Maestra, a spectacular tropical massif in extreme Eastern Cuba, where Castro and his compañeros crafted the now celebrated guerrilla movement.
Many decades and generations have gone by since, but the good news is that the Sierra Maestra, with its magificent jungles, its maze of narrow trails, and the original guerrilla camps are all still there. At Fidel’s hut in La Comandancia headquarters, you can almost catch the smell of tobacco, and you’d swear he just walked out the door. This expedition would not be complete without a climb to the highest peak on the island, Mt Turquino, 1,974m (6,476 ft) with a dazzling descent down to the beach. (Photo by Rossana Peralta)
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