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    Casa Garay

    by aramat Written Oct 2, 2003

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    Casa Garay

    Casa Garay houses the distillary of the famous Guayabita del Pinar, a strong liqueur made from guava, and a small shop. Guided tours are of the factory available - when we were there, there was no electricity, so we didn't see the machines in work, but a staff member took us around anyway and explained the process in a nutshell.

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    Cathedral

    by Alain_Smeets Updated Sep 14, 2003

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    You certainly pass the Cathedral when you are walking in the streets. It's worth the time to take a look inside. When we were there we saw drums standing there, so they have a better mass then we in Belgium. And we heard that the organ was made by Belgians. The inside is sober.

    For more information see my travelogue Walking in Pinar del Rio.

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    The liqueur factory "bebidas Guayabita".

    by Alain_Smeets Updated Sep 14, 2003

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    The liqueur factory

    Next to the tobacco factory they have in Pinar del Rio also a liqueur factory the "Bebidas Guayabita". It’s also open for a guided tour and you can have a taste of the liqueur they brew there.

    You see here the process off making this liqueur from washing the berries until the filling of the bottles. But they are not always fully operational, but you can get a good idea about the work that they do in this distillery. And as I said in the end you can have a free taste of the liqueurs they make here. This is included in your entrance ticket.

    For more information see my travelogue Walking in Pinar del Rio.

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    Try to visit a local school

    by Alain_Smeets Updated Sep 14, 2003

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    Schoolkids in a classroom

    If you have the chance you maybe can visit a local school. We passed a few schools and when we were standing outside this one, were asked if we wanted to visit this school and off course we said yes. It was very interesting to see this school at work and the equipment they have.

    The children get distracted when we stood at the backside of their classroom and they showed us their computer room. We got a good explanation about the working of this school and the system that they have. Like a teacher is following a class for 2 years, …. An interesting visit.

    For more information and photos see my travelogue Walking in Pinar del Rio.

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    Try to visit a tobacco farm outside Pinar del Rio

    by Alain_Smeets Updated Sep 14, 2003

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    We were very lucky to get into a tobacco farm thanks to my dear “mentirosa”. My little liar got us inside this place that’s normally forbidden for foreigners. We got a personal tour through the facility and a very good explanation of the work that they do there. We saw the process from washing the leaves until the packing of the sorted leaves and these packs are then send to the cigar factories.

    A visit to a tobacco farm is worthwhile, because you see the beginning of the process. But as a tourist you don’t get inside here, so you need a Cuban friend who can get you inside with a little lie. But we learned a lot from the process and we even got a few free cigars in the end.

    For more information see my travelogue Cigars and an "illegal" visit to a tobacco farm.

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    cigar factory Francisco Donation

    by Alain_Smeets Updated Sep 14, 2003

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    Pinar del Rio: people in the cigar factory

    You can visit the factory and get an excellent idea of the making of a good quality cigar. It’s a very interesting visit.

    You see the cigar getting form from leave to a finished and controlled cigar. The first persons start with the leaves and rolling them and you see how the cigar gets form and in the end they pass the finished cigar to the people who inspect them and sort them in length, thickness and quality. These cigars end up in the factory store where you can buy them.

    One remark, the Cubans who work there can smoke as much cigars as they can, but they can not take cigars with them outside the factory. So if you decide to buy a cigar on the street, be careful and make sure that you buy the good ones.

    For more information see my travelogue Cigars and an "illegal" visit to a tobacco farm.

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    Baseball stadium

    by Alain_Smeets Updated Sep 14, 2003

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    Pinar del Rio: baseball stadium

    When walking in Pinar, pay a visit to the baseball stadium of the local team. Visit the stands and if possible attend a game. We didn't have the pleasure to watch the games, because we were always in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    According to our friends in Pinar it’s easy to attend a baseball game. A foreigner pays 1 US$ entrance fee and a Cuban 1 peso. So if you have to chance go to a game.

    For more information see my travelogue Walking in Pinar del Rio.

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    Take a day trip to Soroa...

    by travelqueen7 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Take a day trip to Soroa Waterfalls well worth the money! (from Havana $30us)
    The day trip includes ride to falls with a stop at a hotel near the falls for a cocktail, walk through the orchid gardens, lunch and the falls.
    If you want to see the falls be prepaired for a long walk...over a 1000 steps uneven and broken to and from the falls, but like I said it was worth it.

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    Visit Cueva del Indio (47 KKm)...

    by silvia-m.b Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Visit Cueva del Indio (47 KKm) inside you can see a boat along San Vicente river.
    Some people believe that inside was living indians 'guanahatabeyes'. Was discovered in the year 1920. Enjoy with the rocks shapes!!!

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    Hoursebackrideing as a madman!!

    by Darkwind Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Gettin inside Vinhales Vally with a group of hoursebackriders and spending the day hurting your
    a----- but having fun!!

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    One visit to 'Mural de la...

    by silvia-m.b Written Oct 4, 2002

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    One visit to 'Mural de la Prehistoria' by Leovigildo González
    Discover this incredible place in the middle of some 'mogotes': 180 m. long & 120 high

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    Visit a Tobacco's Factory

    by silvia-m.b Written Oct 4, 2002

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    What makes this activity interesting? Speak with a person who makes cigars and see each process in the 'human chain'

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    Rent a driver for about $25-30...

    by LAOWAI Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Rent a driver for about $25-30 for the whole day and he'll take you everywhere. Make sure to stop by these mountain paintings. Try to arrive before the tour buses!

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