El Yunque

This is a curious looking elevation that presides over the whole landscape of Baracoa for it can be viewed without difficulty from any spot in the city.

With a height roughly between 400 m and 575 m, it presents a shape similar to a regular work anvil used to pound metals, rendering it a veritable work of art by nature. This is a mountain geologically formed by a rock base with a summit that presents an even or gently inclined slope.

It is known that Christopher Columbus, in his maiden voyage of discovery to America, made reference to this natural monument in his navigation journal on account of its landscape features. From that moment on the mountain would become a natural landmark for all seafarers plying the Baracoa littoral.

Naturally one of the tourist offers of the region is precisely the ascent to the Yunque, much to the joy of hiking and trekking aficionados who favor this form of tourism.