Viñales Things to Do

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    Visit a tobaccoi farm.

    by pfsmalo Written Apr 6, 2015

    Viñales is one of the great tobacco growing areas in Cuba, the fertile plains between the mogotes and mountains being excellent for the growth. I won't go into into all the ins and outs of tobacco-growing but it was a very interesting visit, chatting with the farmer out in the fields, everything being done by hand. Back at the farmhouse showing how to take out the veins in the leaves, the main one carrying the natural nicotine of the leaf. And then watching the fella rolling a cigar. Of course he tried to sell me some cigars but I don't smoke and have no friends that smoke, so I gave him a couple of CUC for the demonstration and the coffee his wife made us.

    Tobacco field. Leaves at different stages of drying. Farmer cutting the leaves. Leaves ready for rolling. Almost ready.

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    Mirador del Infierno, Viñales.

    by pfsmalo Written Apr 6, 2015

    Right at the entrance to the Dos Hermanas campsite, close to the Mural, there is a trail leads off to the right. Quite an easy walk, and well-marked up for around two kms to a mirador for a great view over the valley of El Palmarito. At the top there is a house that acts as an info centre and also has fresh juices on offer at 1CUC. On the way you may come across Cuban cowboys or some delightful birds.
    A bonus is the good view you get of the Mural at the beginning of the trail.

    Cuban cowboys. View from the trail. Blue Heron on the trail. View from the mirador. Also from the mirador.

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    Mural de la Prehistoria, Viñales.

    by pfsmalo Written Apr 5, 2015

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    This quite horrendous painting commissioned by Fidel Castro in 1961 took 4 years to complete using nearly 20 people. The wall is about 120 metres long and 80 metres high depicting the evolution geo- and biologic of the region. Huge snails, humans and dinosaurs abound on the wall in rather exuberant colours. There is a restaurant with a unique menu and a bar.
    Access to the site is 3 CUC per person

    If you can't be bothered to pay for this, park up just by the campsite. To your right is a trail marked "Mirador" where within 200 metres walk you can get the view, as I did here.

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    The Cuban Tobacco Farm.

    by CDM7 Written Feb 2, 2015

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    Since the late 1990s tobacco production in Cuba has remained about the same and is the second largest area that is planted with tobacco worldwide.
    The centre of tobacco production is the Pinar del Rio province and it here close to Vinales that i visited a tobacco farm.The seeds that are sown are not much larger than a pin prick.Once sown it takes about 3 months before the leaves are ready for harvesting.The green leaves are kept intact and hung on racks in the curing sheds for 40 days.Curing is necessary as it gives the tobacco its aromatic flavour and a "smoothness" when consumed.
    A most interesting visit!

    Tobacco Seeds Tobacco plants growing. Green tobacco leaves in the curing shed. Tobacco leaves after curing. Making a Cuban cigar.
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    Vinales Valley,Cuba

    by CDM7 Updated Feb 2, 2015

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    The Vinales Valley is famous for its mogotes,which are strangely shaped limestone formations.These are rocky formations with vertical sides and flat tops that date back to the high Jurassic period.Scattered around the valley you will find countless caverns that pierce the mogotes,some of which hide rivers and springs,one of which is the Cueva del Indio,which you can see in another tip.
    If you have the time,a stop in the small agricultural town of Vinales is also worthwhile.Plenty of bed and breakfast available.

    Views of the Valley
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    Cueva del Indio

    by CDM7 Written Feb 2, 2015

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    It was here that the Guanajatabey Indians built their homes in caves which they hollowed out of the limestone mogotes.
    After a short walk which takes you down through the caves (which are quite narrow in places) you will eventually come to the underground river.Once here a boat will take you the 400 meters along the river.The journey ends once you exit the cave into the daylight.
    Although this was a pleasant experience i have seen far better caves in other parts of the world.

    About to exit the cave
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    Horse riding

    by Rob&Giz Updated May 11, 2011

    You can make a tour through the Vinales Valley on the back of a horse. We did a 4 hour tour (5 CUC per hour) and went to a cave with a small lake at the where you could swim.
    We also got an demonstration of making juice from sugar canes and making cigars.

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    Cuba West : pure nature

    by Luchonda Updated Dec 30, 2008

    The Province West of Habana, one of the more special Cuba's, but also the poorest provinces of Cuba. Center of tobacco plantations, cultivated in the Vuelta regio is among the world's best

    PS Pictures in this tip are taken by Kathleen, a good friend
    The best souvenir and memory of my trip to Vinales, years ago.

    Look high Magnificent palmtrees Local house, no luxery but basic Palmtrees
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    Cueva del indio

    by xaver Written May 28, 2008

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    Vinales valley is a carsic area with many grottos.
    There are at least three grottos that tourists can visit and most popular is the cueva del indio.
    Once you are in Vinales park, the visit of the grotto starts with a walk of about 200 meters inside the mountain.
    The grotto is not that big, at least the visitable part isn't big but it's nice because after a short walk you get to go with a boat on the underground river inside the mountain.

    cueva cueva Cueva Cueva
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    Plantation

    by xaver Written May 28, 2008

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    All around the valley there are many tobacco plantations and tobacco farm with their caracteristic house with wooden roof.
    Here tobacco is cultivated in a traditional way, just like they did decades ago.What surprised me most anyway was seing coffe plants growing wild, ofcourse the cuban guide had to tell me what it was as I would have never thought that that green kind of pee could be coffe.
    During our trip we visited a tobacco farm, in the pictures there are some tobacco greens waiting to be worked and become puros.

    coffe tobacco farm tobacco
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    Vinales valley

    by xaver Written May 28, 2008

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    Vinales valley is an unique example of carsic landscape where agriculture did not change for hundreds of year, looking around at tobacco plants and farms, is somehoe like going back in the past, a sensation that we learned to feel also later in our Cuba trip.
    This landscape, meant to be one of the most suggestive of the island, is a caracterized by green plantations and by mountains and hills of any shape.

    valley valley valley
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    Cueva del Indio

    by tim07 Updated May 18, 2008

    The cave was discovered in 1920. The first part of the tour is on foot, the tunnels are artificially lit so that the various rock formations are highlighted. The final part of the tour is by a small motorboat on the underground San Vicente river.

    Near to the cave are souvenir stalls & a restaurant.

    Cueva del Indio Cueva del Indio

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    Mural de la Prehistoria

    by tim07 Updated May 14, 2008

    Painted on the face of a mogote by the Cuban painter Leovigildo Gonzalez, the mural represents the history of evolution. The mural uses the cracks in the rock to create special effects of light & colour.

    The mural can be viewed from far away, to view close up there is an admission fee. Next to the mural a bar, restaurant & shop have been built.

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    Tobacco fields...

    by rafgys Written May 8, 2007

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    The whole western Cuba is suppose to have the best tobacco in the world, outside of Viñales you’ll see plenty of plantations… of course, it depends on the time of the year (it’s a seasonal harvest).

    If you have some extra time while visiting the area, hike around or hire a guide to take you to some tobacco fields. You’ll get to see the process of drying the tobacco, making a cigar… the differences between different cigars and different tobaccos. It’s pretty interesting to be in the middle of nowhere talking to the ‘guajiros’ that work that.

    Drying tobacco ... Rolling a cigar !!
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    Cueva Palmarita (o Del Silencio)

    by rafgys Written May 8, 2007

    I believe the only way to get to the cave is with a guide… you can hike all the way around the ‘mogotes’, or you can also hire a horse riding excursion. It usually costs 5 CUC the hour and it takes about four hours. You go through some tobacco fields, make some stops to see how they make homemade cigars, to have some coconut water… and then to get into the cave.

    The cave itself is okay, you can’t see anything… all you get at the entrance is a cheap flash light, there’s a guy who guides you the end of the cave… once there, you can swim in the natural pool (I must warn you, the water is damn cold!!).

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    • National/State Park

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