El Yunque (Cuba)

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El Yunque
El Yunque and Baracoa, Cuba, from the south, taken May 2013 (cropped).jpg
El Yunque overseeing the Bay of Baracoa
Highest point
Elevation 575 m (1,886 ft) [1]
Coordinates 20°21′08″N 74°34′26″W / 20.35222°N 74.57389°W / 20.35222; -74.57389Coordinates: 20°21′08″N 74°34′26″W / 20.35222°N 74.57389°W / 20.35222; -74.57389
Translation The anvil ((in Spanish))
Location Cuba
Parent range Sierra del Purial
Mountain type Table mountain
the Bay of Baracoa and El Yunque

El Yunque is a 575-metre-high (1,886 ft) mountain located 7 km (4.3 mi) west of Baracoa and the Baracoa Bay in Cuba's Guantanamo Province. It has a table mountain shape that resembles an anvil ("yunque" in Spanish).


El Yunque was mentioned by Christopher Columbus in his chronicles about the discovery of the Americas.[2] The Yunque is situated between the banks of the rivers Duaba and Toa, it is 1,125 m (3,691 ft) long and has a total area of 461,000 m2 (4,960,000 sq ft).

El Yunque was declared a National Monument by the Cuban National Commission of Monuments on December 25, 1979.[1]



  1. ^ a b Baracoa.org. "El Yunque". Archived from the original on 2007-06-11. Retrieved 2006-09-29. 
  2. ^ Columbus Monuments Pages. "Baracoa". Retrieved 2007-09-29. 

External links[edit]

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