Mountain hideaway

Gran Parc Nacional Sierra Maestra Travel Blog

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An early start sees us heading into the beautiful mountains landscapes of the Sierra Maestra this morning. Travelling via Bartolome Maso (where we transfer to loacl vehicles) we head up the steep asphalt road to Alto de Naranjo from where we head out on foot, following in the famous footsteps of Che, Fidel and the rest of the revolutionary heroes, who for two years fought a protracted guerrilla war amongst these beautiful highlands.

For much of 1957 the guerrillas kept on the move, playing a dangerous game of cat and mouse with Batista’s troops, as they tried to gain a foothold after the unsuccessful uprising against Batista the previous year. Then in 1958 they set up a permanent base in the foothills of Pico Turquino, Cuba’s highest peak.

This base of operations came to be known as La Comandancia de La Plata and its location deep in the heart of this lush jungle landscape makes it one of the country’s most fascinating and authentic experiences.

A remarkable testament to the resolve and spirit of the revolutionaries, it captures a snapshot in time of one of the most pivotal periods in Cuba’s history, one that was to have worldwide repercussions in later years. It was here that Fidel Castro began to formulate his plans for the future of the country and the site presents us with a captivating glimpse of life during those dangerous and heady days of the late ‘50s. There is a small museum and press office, a field kitchen and the command centre itself, complete with a fridge with bullet holes! 

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Gran Parc Nacional Sierra Maestra
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