The Cross Peak is an ancient volcano that was under the sea, known for the vestiges of lava that can be seen from the Apulo River to the Summit, in addition to the amount of fossils found in its path. In the past it was an important cradle for agriculture such as sugar cane and coffee. From the peak a cable came down to lower the cane to the trapiches or Mills and the train.
Nowadays, it is only one of the high grade walks because of its difficulty in the ascent. Its height is 1200 meters above sea level. In The Holy Week, processions are held from the Church located in the San Javier Village to the Peak where the Cross is, that gives the name to this Peak.
On your way, you will have the opportunity to visit sugar cane farms and learn a little about the process that Sugar Cane takes in the sugar mills to turning them into a block of sugar known as Panela, which is used to sweeten hot drinks. You can appreciate a bit of the biodiversity of birds and trees, and from the top you can see the surrounding villages.
On the way down, Do you think that you have finished?
The Apulo River raises in the Alto de Petaqueros a Natural Reserve, has a route of 46 km and receives water from different rivers. In the short journey of this 1 km route can be found fossils dating from 65 million years ago, its waters are mineralized and black since the mineralized and black earth falls from the mountains that surround it, which were part of a volcano under the sea.
It is an adventure to jump between the giant rocks and water wells. Observing the Geology of its surroundings is a unique experience and to understand a little the era to which this water system belonged is quite interesting. In its route you can benefit from a mud bath which has healing properties and a good treatment for the skin, apart that you may be lucky to find a good fossil.
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