Turquino National Park (Cuba)

Turquino National Park (Cuba)

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 16:26
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Turquino National Park, also known as Sierra Maestra National Park or Sierra Maestra Grand National Park, is a national park in Santiago de Cuba Province, situated in southeastern Cuba. The park is located in the Sierra Maestra mountain range.

Turquino National Park, also known as Sierra Maestra National Park or Sierra Maestra Grand National Park, is a national park in Santiago de Cuba Province, situated in southeastern Cuba. The park is located in the Sierra Maestra mountain range. The Sierra Maestra is a mountain range that runs westward across the south of the old Oriente Province in southeast Cuba, rising abruptly from the coast.

The park encompasses the portion of the UNESCO inscribed property 'Archaeological Landscape of the First Coffee Plantations in the South-East of Cuba' that is located in Santiago de Cuba Province.

Turquino National Park is 50 km (31 mi) west of Guamá, in Guamá Municipality of Santiago de Cuba Province. The park protects a total area of 229.38 sq km (88.56 sq mi). It was established on January 8, 1980 and was named for Pico Turquino, the highest point in Cuba at 1,975 m (6,480 ft) in elevation. Other mountains in Turquino National Park include Pico Cuba, Pico Real, and Pico Suecia.

The park has tropical forest habitats, including the lower elevation Cuban moist forests and higher elevation Cuban pine forests ecoregions. The park's area includes a section of Cuba's southeastern coastal habitat at the beach of Marea del Portillo.