Escambray Mountains


Escambray Mountains

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The Escambray Mountains ( _es. Sierra del Escambray) are a mountain range in the central region of Cuba, in the provinces of Sancti Spíritus, Cienfuegos and Villa Clara.

The Escambray Mountains are located in the south-central region of the island, extending about km to mi|80 from east to west, and km to mi|80 from north to south. Their highest peak, Pico San Juan, rises to m to ft|960|abbr=yes|precision=0 above sea level. The Escambray range is divided into two sections by the Agabama River. The western part is called the Guamuhaya Mountains, and the eastern part, raising between Trinidad and Sancti Spiritus, is best known as Sierra de Sancti Spiritus. After Pico San Juan, the highest points are Caballete de Casas, Gavilanes, Loma de Banao, Caja de Agua, and Pico Tuerto.

Topes de Collantes is a nature reserve park established in the south-eastern ranges of Escambray Mountains, protecting and showcasing caves, rivers, waterfalls, and canyons. The Valley de los Ingenios is developed at the south-eastern foot of the mountains, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The mountains were the theater of the War Against the Bandits in 1960-1962. It was also a planned refuge during the Bay of Pigs Invasion, however, it was never used as such.

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