One of the favorite vacation adventures that Cubans enjoy most is climbing the Pico Turquino`s summit, in the east of the country. Almost all of them have done this or at least they have tried to do it. That is the point with the highest altitude in Cuba, at 1974 meters above sea level. For your information, this is the only place in Cuba where a snowfall has been officially registered, in February 1900.
If you are touring the historical city of Santiago de Cuba, a good option for your vacations would be to visit the Sierra Maestra National Park and to climb the Turquino.
Using the best of your physical capabilities will not be the most interesting thing this time but climbing and watching one of the marvelous and spectacular landscapes in the Island. You will see a whole variety of wildlife and you will feel the different climates as you go up in altitude.
The word Turquino has an aboriginal origin. It means “Ice Mountain”. Once you have reached the top, you will get the view of an impressive landscape. This adventure, you will never forget.
Here Are Seven Tips For Your Climb Of The Pico Turquino:
1. Try to do some exercises days before you climb so that you condition your legs.
2. Get clothing appropriate for hiking: pants, sturdy shoes, shirt or T-shirt and a good hat or cap.
3. Do not overload your backpack. Take only the indispensable stuff: a coat, articles for personal hygiene, candies, cookies and water. Sugar and carbohydrates will be sources of energy. Some guides suggest adding some drops of lemon juice to the drinking water as a way to avoid dehydration.
4. Set off early, when it is still cool. That is the best time because the heat will not get you as you are beginning your climbing and you will be able to move faster. 5. The guides suggest that in order to regulate and condition your respiratory system and to avoid any pains in the thoracic zone, you should breathe through your nose with your mouth closed.
5. The guides suggest that in order to regulate and condition your respiratory system and to avoid any pains in the thoracic zone, you should breathe through your nose with your mouth closed.
6. If you talk with the locals, they will suggest that you walk in zigzag as this allows you to extend your step and ease flexion of your legs. They will have to be ready to climb all the stairways ahead.
7. Get you photo camera ready. As you climb, you will see many fowls, some of them are native to Cuba like Tocororo. In this spectacular landscape, the clouds merge with the natural wildlife of the place.
Thanks to LaHabana.com for this article.