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Hike to Fidel’s Sierra Maestra hideout

Sierra Maestra

Trek through the lush mountainous landscapes of the Sierra Maestra to reach the revolutionary headquarters where Fidel Castro and his comrades plotted revolution.

Once a hotbed of revolutionary activity, the Sierra Maestra is now one of Cuba's premier trekking areas, with numerous trails weaving through lustrous vegetation framed by rippled mountain ridges. It was in this dramatic terrain that Fidel and his band of revolutionaries hid out after arriving from Mexico on the now legendary Granma.

You can visit the rebel headquarters, the Comandancia de la Plata, which now houses a small but atmospheric museum revealing their humble living conditions. It's worth it for the journey alone: a glorious hike through some of the country's most beautiful natural landscapes.

Activity Rating: easy

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  • Mary Anne Nelson
    Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Consultant

    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made team.

  • Evie Oswald
    Evie Oswald - Travel Consultant

    It’s hard to believe that Evie has had time to cram so much in to her life so far. Having lived as a child in the Americas and Europe she found herself immediately attracted to Latin America.

  • Lina Fuller
    Lina Fuller - Travel Consultant

    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

  • Carrie Gallagher
    Carrie Gallagher - Travel Consultant

    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Escorted Groups team.

  • Hannah Waterhouse
    Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Consultant

    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

  • Ben Line
    Ben Line - Travel Consultant

    Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Manager of the Tailor-made Department.

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