Enjoy an atypically comfortable stroll and cruise on the small river flowing through the dark caverns of Cuevas de Santo Tomas. Cave exploration is often perceived as a strenuous experience, but that's not the case here. After taking a short walk through the cave and observing the stalactite and stalagmite formations, you can hitch a relaxing ride on a boat to a landing outside. Due to the lack of light, narrow spaces and uneven terrain, the experience might not be suitable for elderly people or children. See Cuevas de Santo Tomas and all Vinales has to offer by arranging your trip with our Vinales travel route planning site.
Cuevas de Santo Tomas reviews
I really enjoyed the challenge of hiking up to the Cave and for a km. inside the cave. I can't say enough about our wonderful guide, Michael, who helped me as an older person every step of the way. I.... more »
As with a number of things to see in Vinales this was well worth visiting. Might be a little overwhelming if you are claustrophobic and quite a few steep steps but the rock formations were way more... more »
It is a bit of a climb to this beautiful cave but well worth it. Enormous caverns, bats and beautiful formations. The guides were very knowledgeable. I will be back. more »
We joined the official guided tour and there English speaking guide in the entrance to lead all people in a specific time schedule. There was also private one but the locals told us better to join the official one. They would provide you the helmet (with lamp) in the ticket office. The cave is very big so we could only visit a part of it. Completely dark in some points as the cave was well preserved naturally without any additional stuff built. The part open for public is not that difficult to walk. It's an very interesting experience and recommend to all.
If you have never visited a cave before this cave would be great. However, the tour is very slow and no as interesting as other cave tours I have been on. You never get truly deep into the cave (you can always see light from the outside). 10 CUC per person. 25 CUC for a taxi from Vinales that will wait for you. Don't pay any more than this!
Great place to go and see
This is known to be the largest cave network in Cuba and it is pretty big. The guided tour is worth a visit. There is a nominal fee for entrance and they provide you with helmets and torch lights. It is a fairly easy tour and the hike does not involve portions that are too steep. As long you are wearing a good pair of sports or climbing shoes, you will be fine. I did it in beach chappals and still managed to get away with it :) There are far better caves else where (recommend Mexico and Budapest if you really like caving), but this is still worth a visit if you are in Vinales. Just make sure you bargain for the taxi to get here so it does not end up being too expensive.
The largest cave system in Cuba, second largest in Latin America.. well worth a visit!
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