Roads and paths to Topes de Collantes repaired and asphalted

Posted: 22-Jul-16 09:39

Home to over 100 different species of wildlife, Topes de Collantes is an impressive nature reserve within the central region of Cuba. Access, however, has been a challenge for years due to rocky, slippery paths. In the interest of allowing adventurers to safely journey through it, workers sent by the Cuban government just finished repairing and asphalting its main roads and pathways.

Roads and paths to Topes de Collantes repaired and asphalted

Nature-loving spirits wishing to explore Cuba’s countryside will be delighted to hear that roads, routes and paths through Topes de Collantes have been fully repaired and asphalted. Transiting through this breath-taking site that cuts across the beautiful Escambray Mountains was more than a difficult challenge before due to the slippery slopes and narrow, rocky paths.

Today, one of the most dangerous pathways of the area, was completely repaired: the entire stretch between the “Curva de Juana” (Juana’s Curve) elevation and the “Loma del Mirador” (Viewpoint Hill). This was no easy task, not only for workers who had to carefully tread these tricky roads, but for the Cuban government that spent more on this project than on any normal road surfacing.

In order to ensure the well-being of the surrounding nature reserve and safety for pedestrians, 1300 cubic metres of hydraulic concrete were used to cover the paths. Local media informed:

“A technique called flexible pavement reinforcement was used in the road segments to remove the bumps in affected paths and place cement floor, in order to make these upkeeps last longer and to ensure it is less dangerous to travel through Topes de Collantes.”

These repairs began approximately a year ago and their total cost reaches the sum of over a million Cuban Pesos. New asphalted roads intend to facilitate transport through the area and of course, decrease accident rates due to slippery floors.

A journey to Topes de Collantes is truly worthwhile. Now that measures have been taken to ensure the safety of the routes and pathways leading to this awe-inspiring cradle of biodiversity, it’s an experience you won’t want to miss. Observing the bright green hills as you stand over its viewpoint, the sea fading out in the distance and the picturesque city of Trinidad standing below is a sight every true adventurer would love to treasure in their memories.

Plan your trip by staying at the Topes de Collantes hotel, a lovely property sitting on top of a small hill with mesmerizing green surroundings and oozing countryside charm mixed with modern-day comfort. Wander off further and experience no fear to hike to El Salto del Caburni (Caburni Waterfall), a precious watery landscape that breaks up in a series of smaller pools before continuing all the way down a long slope towards the large natural pool at the foot of the main fall.


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