These Are The 10 Highest Mountain Peaks in the Caribbean
April 7th, 2020, Posted by travelwith2ofus
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Do you know which country has the highest mountain peak in the Caribbean? While a lot of Caribbean islands have flat terrain, there are definitely several islands with elevated mountain peaks worth checking out.
Countries like the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, Dominica, Guadeloupe and Martinique have some of the highest mountain peaks in the Caribbean.
Some of these mountains are located in national parks and feature picturesque hiking trails, amazing panoramic island views and endless native flora and fauna.
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1. Pico DuartePico Duarte is located in the Dominican Republic and is the highest mountain in the Caribbean. At 10,125 ft you can find this mountain on the island of Hispaniola, close to Lake Enriquillo in the Cordillera Central range.
The Cordillera Central range extends from San Cristóbal and Baní to the northwestern peninsula of Haiti.
Hispaniolan palm crow, Antillean siskin , Hispaniolan crossbill and the Hispaniolan trogon are some of the birds you may see if you hike up the mountain.
If you plan to hike up the mountain you will find a system of trails leading up to the summit, with trailheads at several designated locations.
Pico Duarte: Photo Credit: Dominican Republic Ministry Of Tourism.
2. Loma Alto de la BanderaLocated in the Dominican Republic as well, this mountain can be found within Valle Nuevo National Park in the La Vega Province. La Bandera is generally not open to the public without considerable paperwork.
With an elevation of 9,324 ft, it is located on the island of Hispaniola on the Dominican Republic side. The island of Hispaniola is shared between both Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
3. Pic la SellePic La Selle is the highest peak in Haiti. It has an elevation of 8,793 ft and is part of the Chaîne de la Selle mountain range. Also called Morne La Selle it is located in the Ouest administrative department. Ouest is one of the ten departments of Haiti.
You can hike up to Pic La Selle if you're interested in the panoramic views over the island of Hispaniola and out across the Caribbean. La Selle is accessible via Croix-des-Bouquets as well as the town of Marigot, which is less than a one-hour drive from Jacmel, a port town on the south coast of Haiti.
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Pic Macaya, also in Haiti, is part of the Massif de la Hotte range, which is located on the Hispaniola side of Haiti. It is the second highest peak in Haiti. The Massif de la Hotte was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 2016, making it part of the global UNESCO Man and Biosphere Network.
4. Pic Macaya
In 1983 the Macaya National Park was established. It contains some of the largest concentration of endemic amphibians in the world, as well as endemic species of orchids and mammals.
Pic Macaya has and elevation of 7,700 ft and the surrounding area contains some of the country's last virgin cloud forest.
According to UNESCO's website, "The region is a paradise for epiphytes, including ferns, bromeliads and orchids, containing an impressive 141 varieties of orchids, 38 of which are endemic, as well as 367 other varieties of flowering plants, including 55 endemic species."
5. Loma Gajo en MedioLoma Gajo en Medio is located on the island of Hispaniola in the Dominican Republic and even though it is the fifth highest peak in the Caribbean there is little information available about this mountain.
Loma Gajo en Medio has an elevation of 7,477 ft.
6. Blue Mountain PeakHiking up Blue Mountain Peak is popular, but the region is also famous for its Blue Mountain Coffee. With an elevation of 7,402 ft, Blue Mountain Peak is the highest mountain in Jamaica.
Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Blue and John Crow Mountains, according to UNESCO, is "a biodiversity hotspot for the Caribbean Islands with a high proportion of endemic plant species, especially lichens, mosses and certain flowering plants".
Over 200 bird species, including most of the endemic birds of Jamaica can be found in the region. This also includes the rare Jamaican Blackbird.
Blue Mountain Peak: Photo Credit: Visit Jamaica.
7. Pico TurquinoFound in the Sierra Maestra mountain range in the municipality of Guamá, Santiago de Cuba Province, Pico Turquino is the seventh highest mountain in the Caribbean. However, it is the highest peak in Cuba. It has an elevation of 6,476 ft.
Part of the Pico Turquino National Park, hikes to the summit of Pico Turquino is described as the one of most challenging excursions in Cuba. Pico Turquino National Park is around 43,120 acres.
There are over 100 species of endemic plants and montane forests and cloud forests can be found in the lower and upper elevations respectively. You will also find a lot of beautiful orchids, bromeliads and ferns. If you're lucky you may also spot the smallest bird on earth, the bee hummingbird.
8. La Grande SoufriereLocated in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe, La Grande Soufriere is the highest peak in the Lesser-Antilles. It has an elevation of 4,813 ft and is incorporated in the Guadeloupe National Park, which covers over 21,000 hectares, including tropical forest (17,300 hectares) and marine environment (3,700 hectares).
About 300 kilometres of trails offer hikers the opportunity to explore the region. You will also find Carbet falls and the Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin nature reserve in the park as well.
La Grande Soufriere offers visitors a panoramic view of the valley, Grande Terre, the Caribbean, the south of Basse-Terre, the islands of Saintes, Marie-Galante and even the nature isle of Dominica.
9. Morne DiablotinsMorne Diablotins, Dominica is the second highest peak in the Lesser Antilles and the highest in Dominica. The elevation of the peak is 4,747 ft.
Morne Diablotins is part of the Morne Diablotins National Park, which is located in the northern mountain ranges of Dominica. The park covers 8,242 acres and is home to the endangered Sisserou Parrot, the national symbol of Dominica.
Hiking to the summit of Morne Diablotins has been described as difficult, but you will be rewarded with its amazing rainforest, which feature many plant and animal species.
You will be further rewarded with the spectacular views of neighboring islands Guadeloupe and Martinique when you reach the top of the volcano mountain.
10. Mount PeleeMount Pelée is a volcanic mountain located in the northern end of Martinique. Mount Pelée last erupted in 1902 and has been described as the deadliest 20th century volcanic eruption.
Situated just 15 miles northwest of Fort-de-France, Mount Pelée reaches an elevation of 4,583 ft and is currently inactive.
Mount Pelee Martinique: Photo Credit: Martinique Tourism.
Have you visited Any of these mountains? What was your experience?
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