Favorite thing: Pinar del Rio is a nice town in the western part of Cuba. The province is mostly famous for the World Heritage Vinales valley, but there are many other places to visit like e.g. Soroa or Maria la Gorda, and the town itself is worth to see.
Fondest memory: The second reason why I returned to Pinar del Rio was because my brother, a blacksmith loves meeting other blacksmiths and see how things differ in other countries. Well since my brother wasn't with my sister and I, we ventured out and met some local blacksmith and brough back some hand made horseshoes.
Favorite thing: This is at La cueva del Indio. You go into a little boat that goes into the cave and you come out on the otherside and theres a bohio where they serve food and drinks and also a band playing...
Blanquita 'La negra tabaquera'...
Fondest memory: This was Blanca , she was pretty cool she offerd me a shot of rum and trade me a pack of Marlboro cigs for five Cojiba cigars...
do the same thing as in Havana- go for a walk-about. The people are great and you'll stumble onto Tobacco fields, into sweatshops and into people's homes.
Fondest memory: Meeting a family in the middle of nowhere without electricity or running water who spoke volumes of their simple lives of happiness. Notice in this photo the guy behind the karate impersonator has knumchucks.
Vinhales,a very nice persson!!
I willl remember her for ever,we had a long chat about life and I learned alot from her!!
Some times it si very important for us to listen to what the elder have to say to us becouse the have the wisdom why need to understand our path on earth!!
Remember ,one day we will be them for the new childrens of this land!!
One of the most attractive places in Pinar de Rio is Viñales Valley. A great valley surrounded by Mogotes and full of all the Cuban colors we can expect to find in a countryside setting like this.
There U can go to tourist places like: The Prehistoric Wall or take a tour throughout the caves.
Favorite thing: Las Terrazas is an UNESCO Biosphere created in the early 1970's. Nearly 5 million trees were replanted. As a result of this reforestation many different plant and insect species that were on the brink of extinction were born again with the force of millions. Only a limited number of tourists are allowed to enter yearly to this paradise. While you are there do not miss Rio San Juan where the water maintains a fresh 22 degrees celcius all year round.
Favorite thing: On the way to Pinar while travelling from Havana, U will find places like Las Terrazas, Soroa’s waterfalls, Soroa’s Orchidarium and a lot of camp sites for Cuban and foreign tourists. Some of the best are: El Taburete in Las Terrazas (a nice place to get into the forests and spend the whole day walking) and La Chorrera
Favorite thing: I only spent a short time in Pinar del Rio, but I was fascinated by all those little architectural details - the buildings need urgent renovation, but the former beauty is not lost yet.
Fondest memory: A tipical Cuban countryside 'El Bohio'...
Favorite thing: On my way too Pinar del Rio I had stopped at the home of a Guajiro family and they welcomed me with opened arms and offered me cafecito, guarapo (cane juice) and some rum.
As I can't open a page about Isla de la Juventud because it is not on the cuban cities list on VT.
I'll have to talk about the island on the trableloges here!!!
Fondest memory: A very nice trip!!!