Viñales Travel Guide

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Viñales Things to Do

  • Visit a tobaccoi farm.

    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...

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  • Mirador del Infierno, Viñales.

    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...

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  • Mural de la Prehistoria, Viñales.

    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...

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  • The Cuban Tobacco Farm.

    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...

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  • Vinales Valley,Cuba

    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...

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  • Cueva del Indio

    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...

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  • 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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Viñales Hotels

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  • Rancho San Vicente Hotel

    Carretera a Puerto Esperanza Km 33, Vinales, Cuba, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 2.5 out of 5 stars

  • Horizontes La Ermita Hotel

    Carretera de La Ermita, km 1.5, Vinales, Cuba, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Los Jazmines

    Vinales, Cuba, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

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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    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

  • Great views on the valley.

    If you are staying in the town you'll need to go out to the Hotel "Los Jasmines", about 4kms out along the road to Pinar del Rio. Just to the right of the hotel as you are facing it is a bar/restaurant and an arts and crafts market. Between the two there is enough space to stand next to the parapet with a great view down the valley over the mogotes...

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  • Cueva de la cabeza de la Vaca, Viñales.

    You will most certainly need a guide to find this cave, as even 50 metres away you can't see it. Quite a steep hike up the 60-odd steep steps to get in. This is a straight through cave, like a tunnel that was very useful, before mechanical means, to take supplies from the town to the farmlands the other side.Some interesting formations to be seen,...

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  • 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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Viñales Favorites

  • Hire a guide for an "off the beaten...

    I'm glad that we found this guide from a French travel site, completely Francophone but Anglophone as well. After visiting a tobacco farm not too far from the town we veered away from the main track and he took us through fields and mogotes until we came to a fruit farm seemingly in the middle of nowhere, that of course offers juices and coffee....

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  • 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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