Located a few hours west of Havana in Pinar del Río Province, the lush Viñales Valley is the heart of Cuba’s tobacco-producing region. This impossibly beautiful valley is dotted with karst limestone peaks known in Spanish as mogotes, and filled with farms where the fields are still plowed by oxen. Here visitors get a taste of the old-fashioned agrarian economy that still can be found throughout Cuba.
It’s all about taking in the beauty and local way of life in Viñales, so we suggest hiking, biking, caving and horseback riding; there are a variety of options that we tailor to your needs and interests. Of course, no matter which of these options you choose, and we suggest including a stop midway to meet and talk with a local farmer and his family, enjoy a home-cooked Cuban lunch, and perhaps even roll your own cigar! The locals often dip the ends of theirs in honey, adding a lovely and sweet extra touch.
To get a full appreciation of life in Viñales, you can stay in a private bed and breakfast (casa particular) – enjoy a mojito in your rocking chair on the porch, before talking with your hosts over another tasty and fresh home-cooked dinner.
Because Viñales is several hours’ drive from Havana, we always recommend our guests stay overnight here to fully relax and enjoy a taste of country life outside the capital. For those limited on time, however, a long day trip to Viñales is also possible.
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