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The Pan de Guajaibón, the highest elevation in western Cuba, rises in the heart of the Sierra del Rosario. With 699 meters above sea level and about 840 hectares of surface, it is known as “the roof of the West”.

The mountain has almost vertical limestone walls crowned by a rounded summit that offers excellent views of the Guaniguanico mountain range.

The Pan de Guajaibón shows a high endemism that makes it an ideal place for hiking and bird watching. Macurijes, almácigos, tocororos, cartacubas and other species of Cuban flora and fauna, are intermingled with the outcrops of metamorphic rocks to delight the visitor with an exceptional panorama.

The mogote houses a large number of caves that rescue the Cuban aboriginal footprint, among which is the Caverna de los Huesos, where remains of the first population settlements of the region have been found.

Legend and symbol of Vueltabajo, the elevation was chosen by the outstanding writer Cirilo Villaverde as the stage of important moments of his book Cecilia Valdés, a masterpiece of Cuban literature.

A few kilometers from this stone giant are the hotels Horizontes Soroa, in the Valley of San Vicente, and Moka, in the community Las Terrazas.

Thousands of hikers venture every year in the wonderful experience of ascending the summit of the Pan, seduced by the purity of the air, the green of the mountains and the dream of feeling in its own flesh the most genuine roots of the Caribbean island.

by: Victor Manuel Blanco