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Excursion to the Viñales Valley of Cuba (Heart of Pinar del Río)

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If you can't find anything, just look at Havana, from this you can make numerous excursions and one of them travels to Vinales Valley of Cuba, one of the best known places in this country. Ideal to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the big city and enjoy the interior of the country, even more so when we plan to end the trip on the famous and not very graceful beaches of Varadero.


Vinales Valley of Cuba

Excursion to the Viñales Valley of Cuba. Heart of Pinar del Río

After spending 3 days in Havana under intense heat we decided to put our feet in dusty and take advantage of our room and last day in the city. Instead of continuing to kick each of its unforgettable alleys, we decided to see something from inside Cuba. We did not have much time and being aware of public transport or other means of transport was not an option at this time, so we threw out the easy thing, looking for an excursion that would take us to an interesting place.

The chosen excursion was a visit to the Viñales Valley from Cuba with a cost of 59 CUCs. No matter where you went, the tour was the same and the cost was identical. There is no way to haggle, this type of tours are controlled by the state. Anyway years ago and with more time we were haggling at a bus station looking for a car that was with us a couple of days and the price was lower ... The rush always ends up being paid.

Finally the hired tour initially visited a rum factory in Pinewood of the river Of the brand Guayabita del Pinar, that more than a visit was going to stores and that it was not exactly my taste for what I will directly ignore since the real trip began in the viewpoint of the Cogotes, very close to Viñales.


Vinales Valley of Cuba

Once in the Viewpoint of Los Cogotes we glimpse a spectacular landscape. A lot of small mountains on a tremendously flat terrain. This came to mind a lot of similar landscapes that you can find in China and in other countries and which are mainly created following the withdrawal of the sea, many of them being incredible coral mountains.

But why call this valley, Viñales Valley... The reason is the conquerors, the Spaniards. The morriña came with them and not having wine in these lands did not make them feel too comfortable for what they decided to plant vines in a land that a priori seemed suitable. But with this heat was it possible? Of course not, and the disaster came to all the vineyards, of which there is not one left. At least he has left the name of the valley.


Vinales Valley of Cuba

After the viewpoint we go to a tobacco plantation. Typical hook and then sell a few cigars. In it we enjoy how a cigar is made and gave us time to visit some of the farms where this precious plant was dried.


Tobacco in the Vinales Valley of Cuba

The stomach began to make noise and we headed to the Prehistory Mural Where there is a restaurant for tourists. This great painting drawn on a rock wall was made by the Cuban painter Leovigildo González Morillo.


Prehistory Mural

After the visit to the Mural and taste a barbecue the best Cuban style we went to the Indian Cave about 10 kilometers from the place. This cave discovered in the twentieth century has a river that crosses it almost completely that can also be crossed by boat.

When we arrived at the cave we had to wait 30 minutes because only two boats cross the cave and the tail that is usually mounted at the entrance was considerable if that patience ...


Cueva del Indio - Vinales Valley Cuba

When the cave was discovered, there was a small stream of water that is much more abundant today. This is thanks to a dam that has been built on its way out and obviously thought of tourism. Even so, your visit is worth it and it is quite curious, with the occasional bat going through your heads.


Cueva del Indio - Vinales Valley Cuba

After finishing the visit to the Indian cave he had to leave the Vinales Valley of Cuba and return to Havana in a journey of almost 2 hours and a half. Time to take a sweet nap.

Practical data on the Viñales Valley of Cuba

When to go?

The dry season It covers the months of November until the beginning of May, being the rest of the months most favorable to rains, mainly in the late afternoon. Also during the rainy season there is certain hurricane risk But the chances of you having to live are small.

Where to sleep?

Cuba is cheap and you can find interesting accommodations at a great price on local websites like EnjoyCuba. We recommend you take a look.

Rent a car in Cuba

Cuba is opening a lot to international tourism and that is why local companies are starting to emerge where they offer excellent rates. For example, a good way to get around Cuba, far from scams and other moves, is rent a car and go for free. There is a company called Enjoy Cuba that in addition to offering rental cars organizes excursions. A good option if you want to close certain things from the trip from your country.

More information about rental cars

How to hire a tour to the Vinales Valley of Cuba?

It is very easy, enter any hotel and ask for excursions. In all they will give you the same price, 59 CUCs And they will offer you the same service. Another cheaper option is to go to a bus station and haggle a trip back and forth to the place. You can also do it from the Internet with more security.

 See tours in Cuba from Havana

Where to eat in the Viñales valley?

Being a tour the food was already organized in the Mural of Prehistory. However from the bus we saw a lot of restaurants in the town of Viñales with a great pint.

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