Viñales Travel Guide

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  • Viñales
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  • Viñales
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Viñales Things to Do

  • Horse riding

    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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  • Mural de la Prehistoria

    The Mural de la Prehistoria is a mural painted in 1961 by Leovigildo Gonzalez Morillo on a rocky side of the mountain Mogote Dos Hermanas

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  • Cuba West : pure nature

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

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  • Cueva del indio

    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...

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  • Plantation

    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...

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  • Vinales valley

    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...

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  • Cueva del Indio

    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.

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  • Mural de la Prehistoria

    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...

    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...

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  • Cueva Palmarita (o Del Silencio)

    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...

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  • Cayo Levisa

    If you have at least one extra day to spare in Viñales, don’t miss the chance to spend a day in Cayo Levisa. Getting there isn’t cheap, but what Cuba costs for tourist… I paid 21 CUC the round trip, it takes about one hour to get to the shore and another half hour on a boat to anchor in the island.The place is a small key with just small ‘cabañas’...

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  • Mural de la Prehistoria

    It’s about one hour walking from Viñales ‘downtown’ area. If you arrive in the afternoon, it’s a perfect activity to do before it gets dark.I personally didn’t get into the park; I just kept hiking among the ‘mogotes’. To get into the park you have to pay 1 CUC and you’ll see pretty much the same you see from the highway… which is a hillside...

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  • Cueva Del Indio

    Either a long walk or a short taxi ride north of Vinales is the Indio cave. Overly touristy and somewhat expensive at $5 still the short cave walk and boat trip is a site worth seeing. At the exit are a few local craft shops.

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  • Church in the centre of town

    Father Varela a theologian thinker of the time of the revolution from spain, was born in la habana but was influential in circles all throughout the island. there is a statue of him here in this church.he died in Jacksonville Florida and his tomb may be viewed at the church there

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  • Valley of the Sierra de los Organos

    The single biggest attraction of Vinales is the countryside and the Valley of the Sierra de los Organos. The rocks are pure limestone and were formed 160 million years ago - erosion has not only produced the entraordinary peaks and rock formations, but the whole of the area is an extensive cave system - most of Cuba's 10,000 recorded caves are to...

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Viñales Restaurants

  • Creol dishes

    Fortunatly during our excursion to Vinales we stopped in this restaurant to have lunch, this infact, had been the only time that we stayed in a restaurant during all our trip in Cuba.We had nothing against restaurant but the food in the casa particulares was so good that we just did not need any restaurant. Here we also had the chance to eat some...

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  • Best of the lot in Town

    There isn't much to choose in Vinales but across from the bus station there is a bar that serves ok pasta. Best you eat in your casa though.

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  • Not the greatest Cuban Fare

    Ordinary food at best. Nothing special. But keep in mind, you dont come to Cuba for gourmet delights and you have to get used to lack of variety in taste.cheaper than casa particular food and just about the same everyday quality to food. A great setting though. Mojito at 2 cuc was not bad either..

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Viñales Nightlife

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    by rafgys Written May 8, 2007

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    There are few option at night in Viñales, two of them are bad looking bars… and then you have the Centro Cultural, which doesn’t mean it looks great… but it’s bigger and definitively looks better than anything else.

    What you’ll find there is plenty of beer and rum, plus salsa or afro-Cuban shows every night… lot of dancing and fun, and after the show it turns into some sort of nightclub.

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Viñales Transportation

  • Transfer from Habana

    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.

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  • Excursion

    We decided to visit Vinales in a day, so we got a day trip.We bought the trip at hotel Habana Libre agency cubanacan, it costed us 55 cuc lunch included.We left at 8 am and got back about 7 pm, you can choose an elgish speaking guide or a spanish speacking one and as far as we could see groups were not so numerous.

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  • Taxi to Trinidad

    Whether you’re traveling on your own or with friends, if your next destination is Trinidad… you’ll always find a taxi to get you there for pretty much the same money the bus costs.Most of the time, the same people from the casas will arrange your trip with a taxi driver. The whole trip costs 160 CUC, but if you guys are four or if you (or someone)...

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Viñales Local Customs

  • Highway

    Cuban highway is definitly an experience.The first time that I saw the highway was coming from Havana to Vinales and I first noticed that there was no traffic then, we started to meet farmers hitchhiking in the street and then bikers and finally even carts drawn by horses.It was total anarchy and if someone realised to be in the wrong direction,...

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  • Novela!

    The ‘novela’ is something almost every Cuban watches! It’s some sort of TV show, extremely popular at night.When I went to Viñales it was from 9 to 10 PM (or so)… and the whole town was dead till it was over. I mean, nightlife didn’t exist until after 10 or 10:30 PM!!

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  • Have a glass of guarapo

    Guarapo (cane juice) is very refreshing on a hot summer day! It is not super sweet as some ppl think. In fact, the sugar content is about the same as other fruit juice. You can find them freshly pressed for US$1 by the exit of Cueva del Indio. For another dollar or so, rum is added to give it some kicks!

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Viñales Tourist Traps

  • Murales

    In any guide you will read that in Vinales you can visit the prehistorical murales.Calling those murales prehistorical gives you the idea that they had been made thousends years ago.Well actually they have been made in 1961 and the name"prehistorical" was given to them just because they are meant to rapresent the theory of evolution, in my opinion...

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  • Waiting for Viazul Bus to arrive

    Desparate Casa Particular Owners line up behind the cordon, offering their homes for tourists to stay. This kind of tourism is declining in Cuba, so the home owners are a bit more desparate than before and it is evident at their panicky behaviour. Three was a time when staying a private cuban home had a certain amount of charm but right now the...

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  • VIÑALES : MURAL DE LA PREHISTORIA

    This is a painting done on the side of Mogote Dos Hermanas by Leovigildo Gonzalez Morillo. There are pictures of dinosaurs, stick-men, sea monsters. By right, they are supposed to symbolize the theory of evolution.Well, the mural is just HORRIBLE.They can be found walking south-west from Viñales, then following the road heading west. There is a...

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Viñales Off The Beaten Path

  • Banana

    I've seen many banana plantations in Cuba and there were banana trees in the Vinales valley as well. I love them, they are so exotic.

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  • Coconut trees

    Coconuts trees can also be seen in the little gardens of the Vinales valley: these huge young coconuts were growing on a really small tree.

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  • Coffee plant

    Coffee is grown in the Vinales valley and we saw some plants with green beans on the hike. Coming from Hungary, it was an experience.

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Viñales Favorites

  • VINALES THE VILLAGE

    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 side

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  • Tobacco Houses

    Traditional techniques are still in use for tobacco production and the ancient Tobacco’s Houses are still used for drying Tobacco leaves.

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  • Countryside

    Its the countryside and a chance to relax that is the attraction of Vinales. The pace is slow, the countryside stunning, commercial development low. The fabulous scenery, the dramatic changes following a storm, the relaxation and the hotel Los Jazmines

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