At a height of over 170 meters, there rises the impressive Loma del Capiro (Capiro Hill), a natural elevation that protects part of the history of the war of liberation in Santa Clara and is one of the most amazing views of the city.
It has a lookout, ideal for picnics in the shade of the trees that adorn the place. The steep ascent is an experience both exciting and liberating, especially for those who enjoy ecotourism and hiking.
After climbing more than 200 steps, including several intermediate landings, the summit welcomes you with two giant flags, the Cuban flag and another one red and black belonging to the July-26th movement, which had Fidel Castro and his brother Raúl among its renowned members.
Just opposite there is the monument in honor of the Argentinian guerrilla Ernesto Che Guevara, who attacked the place along with his column on December 29th, 1958 as part of the battle of Santa Clara.
The sculpture, a work by the artist José Delarra, symbolizes the defense of the homeland sky by means of several cylinders put together as fire guns. Here the wind blows briskly and the flags flutter while visitors get their breath back in order to begin the descent.
“It is not a place you should miss, a beautiful view; the wind is so pure in this area. You enjoy history a bit more. I liked it, but we did it after a very long walk, so I got to the hill with just enough air”, comments a visitor from Buenos Aires, Argentina, in TripAdvisor.
Loma del Capiro is at the end of Capiro Street in the town of the same name, a bit far from the city centre. The access to this elevation is totally free.
Open every day 24 hours a day.
Text by: Yariel Valdés González
Translation: Beatriz Rodríguez