Salton in the Sierra Maestra
to go there
The Sierra Maestra
is a mountain area in the west of Santiago de Cuba. Here you normally
won't find any tourist.
situated in a green valley between the mountains you find the hotel
El Salton. It is a hideway for all tourist, who want to enjoy the
nature at a very peacefull place.
Here you find
pictures from the hotel and the surroundings: El
Salton slide show
The hotel has
it's own waterfall
with a very nice pool.
During the day there are sometimes tourist groups who leave after
a barbecue in
the afternoon. Only few groups stay overnight.
The meals served
in the restaurant are OK. But the price is a little to high compared
to local circumstances. The rooms
have satelitte TV and they are well furnished.
should be possible to book the hotel from outside Cuba. The price
is about 30 to 40 U$ for a double room with breakfast.
We booked the
hotel at the cuban tour agency Gaviota which was about 7 U$ cheaper
compared to the price the charged in the hotel.
Hotel El Saltón
Cruce de Los Barnos
Provinz Santiago de Cuba
Here you find
how to go
way is to take a taxi from Holguin airport. This should cost about
50 to 70 U$. If you like it the adventurous way you can also ask
a driver of one of the busses who make the transfer to the hotels
near Santiago de Cuba. They can drop you near the El Salton.
in the area
At the moment
we don't know any private accommodations in this area. If you find
something, please let us know.
In the surrounding
mountains you will find beautifull hiking trails. The hotel has
a guide , who speaks English, French and German. You should convince
him that you are not a normal tourist and that you would like to
see the real Cuba, before you start the tour. Otherwise he makes
his normal walk and he shows you a "real" cuban family
which likes sell this and that.
But if you ask
him several times to leave the beaten track, he will do so. We visited
a very hospitable family. We had a drink in their smale house. They
showed us how to pick coconuts. And when we sayed good by many fruits
where put in our backpack. Everything without a financial interest.
If you like
to ride through the countryside, you can also rent horses,
which are a little underfed.
You can swim
in a natural pool,
which is on the hotel area only a few meters away from the rooms.
The pool has an impressive waterfall.