Feet in the clouds: climbing Cuba’s highest peak

The Guardian - Apr 07, 05:59 GMT

A spectacular and dangerous trek up Pico Turquino reveals a side of the island often overlookedFireflies appeared like sprites in the forest when we were still a long way from home

A spectacular and dangerous trek up Pico Turquino reveals a side of the island often overlooked

Fireflies appeared like sprites in the forest when we were still a long way from home. The sun had gone down in a burst of brilliance over the mountains, including the thickly wooded slope where, 61 years ago, Fidel Castro and a small band of guerrillas had taken refuge to prepare a revolution. Darkness was stealing through the trees, exquisite but frightening.

It had taken us far longer to reach Cuba’s highest point – the 1,974-metre summit of Pico Turquino – than expected, and now with a moon that was little more than a sliver of a smile, we’d been caught on the mountain.

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