Palenque de los Cimarrones, Vinales

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Cave Water / Amusement Park
A peculiar mix of history, natural beauty, reenactment and a restaurant, Palenque de los Cimarrones is a popular tourist stop off, set within a majestic cave. A refuge for runaway slaves through the centuries, the "Cueva de San Miguel" is nestled in the center of a mogote and now serves as a plantation slavery display. Take a 270 m (885.8 ft) walk through the murky caves to lines of several rustic cottages, decorated with the symbolic colors of Afro-Cuban Yoruba deities. A re-enacted cimmaronne folk dance will greet you at the entrance to the restaurant, where Cuban food and rum and guava cocktails are on offer. At the weekends, the place transforms into a popular nightclub. Put Palenque de los Cimarrones and other Vinales attractions into our Vinales vacation trip planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • The restaurant is underneath a large thatched roof which is supported by wooden poles. A Cuban band played while we ate. The menu in most Cuban restaurants is basically the same. A choice of pork, fis...  more »
  • We tried to have a meal here but were refused because we were only two people. This place is geared for bus loads of tourists brought by Transtour.  more »
  • This is a bit of a tourist trap. If you had the tour inside the cave and a lunch at the restaurant. Go visit the state owned farm just 150 meters away.  more »
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  • The most remarkable is the whimsical shapes of the rock on which the bar-restaurant is blanket. A walk along the road that part of the palenque to the right leads to a beautiful valley full of tobacco-growing
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