Guided hike into the Sierra Maestra National Park. This region is renowned for its natural beauty, history and culture. You’ll walk in Turquino National Park to Comandancia de la Plata, Castro’s pre-revolution mountain base. Perched on a mountain ridge sheltered by thick forest and now a museum, this was the head-quarters of the revolutionary army for nearly 2 years during the early days of the insurrection against the Batista government.
Start with a steep 5km ascent from Santo Domingo village to Alto del Naranjo at the entrance to Turquino National Park. Here, there’s a look-out point with panoramic views of the plains of Granma. As you rise, there are vistas of wild, rocky mountain ranges crinkled with stream-carved valleys. The foliage becomes thicker and more exuberant as you climb.
After a short rest, trek on to Comandancia de la Plata, where you have time to explore the evocative and historic site. You can view some of the conserved buildings, including the medical hut where Che Guevara treated farmers and injured revolutionary fighters, as well as the building that was Fidel's private quarters. On the way back, stop at Alto del Naranjo for a light picnic lunch, then descend to Santo Domingo. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, take binoculars as there are many birds to be spotted.