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Gran Piedra Hotel: Tourism in the Heights
Date: JUN 20, 2005
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Eastern Cuba, favored by nature with breathtakingly beautiful beaches, a perfectly preserved environment and huge historic and cultural values, boasts places that give the region a peculiar touch.

That region, which holds Cuba's highest mountains, has a rich history, complemented by unique natural highlights such as the Gran Piedra Mountain Range.

The area was named after one of the most outstanding geological values of Santiago de Cuba province, a huge rock of volcanic origin, which is 51 meters (167 feet) long, 25 meters (82 feet) high and 30 meters (98 feet) wide, and weighs over 63,000 tons.

Precisely, that rock is the highest point of the mountain range at 1,225 meters (4,019 feet) above sea level, and is one of the attractions at the Sierra Maestra Grand National Park.

The hotel is the only establishment in the country that provides accommodation at 1,225 meters (4,019 feet) above sea level, in a breathtaking natural environment in eastern Cuba.

Considered a cozy tourist complex in the mountains, the establishment is surrounded by the ruins of former coffee estates, which were declared a World Cultural Heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Located in the Gran Piedra National Park, the hotel is 28 kilometers away from the city of Santiago de Cuba, which is linked by plane with many cities in Europe and the Americas.

Guests have access to the Gran Piedra through 452 steps, where they enjoy adventure amid exuberant vegetation of ferns, orchids and other species growing in the region.

Several hundreds of plant species, including 222 kinds of ferns, and 22 percent of endemic plants, complement the region's offer for adventure tourism, in addition to 926 animal species, including the "tocororo" (Cuban trogon - Priotelus temnurus), Cuba's national bird.

The rock is also a natural lookout from where those who embarked in the adventure of climbing it can see one of the most beautiful landscapes in the region.

The hotel has 17 rooms in cabins and five bungalows equipped with all modern amenities demanded by today's tourism, including satellite TV, minibar and refrigerators.

The establishment also offers an excellent restaurant, bar cafeteria, barbecue, horse-riding excursions, entertainment, parking lot, medical service and specialized guides to lead ecotourism enthusiasts on local trails.

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