After a nice walk among the mogotes and caves in the valley of Vinales, it is a good idea to spend a day or two in this intersting village along the road. Friendly people, good food in casa particular, quiet central avenue and always not far from the country sidemore
From Habana, take a "transfer" from any large hotel , you get on a nice small, modern ,chineese Yutong bus. It will be the same price as Viazul but it is much easier and it will be part of a tour with a local guide; with stops in a tobacco farm and a rhum factory.more
Pinar del Río
Part of the bus tour includes a stop at one of the many Cuban Cigar factories. Once the were all seperate and competed fiercely with each other - now they are all owned by the Central Government and each factory produces every kind of Cigar made. One day they may roll Cohiba's the next Partagas the next ?? As you walk through the rolling shed the...more
Cayo Levisa, , Cuba, Caribbean
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Business
Favorite thing: Playa on reachable distance from Viñales.
Cayo Jutías is an island that is connected to the mainland with a constructed road over the shallow water.
You have to pay 5 USD per person, this include a drink in the bar. That is okey I think.
Some refreshments are sold on location, but I recommend that you bring your own refreshments and food.
The bar man gladly guards your car for some remuneration.
Fondest memory: We was lucky with sunny and calm weather. The guide book says that sometimes the waves can be high.Related to:
Most people seem to visit Soroa by coach as a day trip from Havana, visit the Orchid garden get a horse back ride up to the Miramar for the views & then have a meal by the river before they are off again. Soroa is a lovely place & worth staying for two days at the least. There are plenty of places to walk, either with a guide to show you the birds...more
We tried to book a seat on the Viazul Havana to Vinales bus that would have dropped us on the main road from what I could gather & the casa in Soroa was going to have a taxi waiting for us to take us the last few miles. Unfortunately the bus was full ( so book well in advance if you can) Our Casa owner in Havana (casa Pablo) ordered a very nice car...more
There are heaps of walks to be taken in the Reserve, many of them starting at Las Terrazas. It'll cost you US$3 to drive in (unless you are staying at Hotel Moka). There are many ruins in the hills - namely coffee plantations - which you can walk to, but make life easier and park/drive. The hills behind Moka rise to 560metres, those opposite are...more
María la Gorda
The beach is white and sandy, some meters from the seashore there is a 'line' with coral stones and shells along the beach. The molluscs shells are heavy, big and with hard and thick shell.(NB: This is a protected nature area and you must act accordingly. The corals in the sea are very fragile and are not to be 'picked'!)more
The coast is exposed for the winds and waves, see how the cliff has erodated.This part is called 'Las tetas de la Maria la Gorda' (The breast of Maria la Gorda) in honour of - as the legends tell - her swelling bosom.María was a beautiful girl from Venezuela that got hijacked by buckaneers. She followed them here and settled down. She waited while...more
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