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Valle de Vinales, Vinales
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Inscribed on the World Heritage List, Valle de Vinales remains the agricultural heart of Cuba, known particularly for its unusual rocky outcrops. Surrounded by mountains, this limestone karst valley contains many tobacco plantations thriving in a landscape filled with endemic plant and animal species. The area ensures outstanding opportunities for horseback riding, hiking, and climbing the impressive cliffs rising from the bottom of the valley floor. If visiting with a tour company, make sure your excursion includes a meal at a local tobacco plantation and an exploration of the caves dotting the surrounding hillsides. Put Valle de Vinales into our Vinales tour planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Vinales.
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  • a beautiful walk with a guide named adorable Umberto! a definite must! on foot or horse
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  • We did a day in Vinales, The scenery is stunning. We met a couple of photographers who had stayed over and then hiked up the hills to take stunning photographs of the mists laying in the valley at daw...  more »
  • If I were to rate it, I'd say the most beautiful place I've ever seen in Cuba, not to be missed, the ride is to do, and that you are 10 CUC Caballeros accompany you for around 4 hours.
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  • The most incredible sunrise I have ever seen was over the valley. This place is so beautiful and if you are in Cuba it is a must see.
  • Beautiful place with great views. Horse riding tour is well worth it.
  • I first came to Vinales in 2008 from Havana, I took the Viazul bus. The bus is very comfortable with air conditioning and only cost 12 pesos CUC. Stepping off the bus I was surrounded by ladies carrying signs and offering me a room to stay in their house. One of them, named Marilyn, took me to one of her friends' home just a couple of blocks away behind the hospital. Marilyn could speak English and this was helpful although I knew some Spanish. The Cuban dialect is originally Spanish but has evolved so much that it was difficult for me to understand what was said when people talked fast. I was greeted by Maritza and her husband Omar who took me for a tour of their small house; the room I was going to sleep in was nice, clean and spacious. The bathroom was perfect for me; there was a shower with hot water and it was private. They offered breakfast and supper if I wanted. They were very friendly and helpful. On the second day I went to visit the town which has kept its colonial style with many homes still featuring a front porch with columns. The village consists mainly of the main street which has the stores, the church, the tourist offices and a bar which offers Cuban music at night. I took the Green Bus which runs all day through the area. For 5 cuc you can ride all day and stop and get back on the bus. It will take you to the main points of interest like the mirador overlooking the mogotes - these geological formations unique in Cuba and which have made Viñales a world heritage site - and the Cueva del Indio (an underground stream which you can visit by getting on a boat). Outside of Viñales, you can also visit the Santo Tomas caves (a taxi will take you there and back) and do a bit of spelunking with a helmet equipped with a lamp. Through openings in the mountain, you can get a beautiful view of the valley. One day I had a chance to go horse riding with 2 other persons and a guide. We went quite a distance in the country and the hills, and ended up in a cave with a small lake and crystal clear water. On the way back to the village we stopped at sugar farm where the owner crushed some sugar cane and put the juice on a grapefruit. A short distance from there we visited a tobacco farm where we were shown the whole cycle of tobacco production, and how it is harvested and hung to dry in special barns. I certainly enjoyed my three days in Viñales and recommend this trip wholeheartedly and I have no hesitation recomending Casa Maritza.
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  • If you're staying in the Vinales Valley, I recommend organising a homestay. The delicious home cooked food and hospitality of a local family was a great way to experience Cuba. I hired a bike one day and cycled around the valley. With no gears and steep hills caked in red mud, the journey was never going to be a fast one but the slow pace allowed me to take in the beauty of the surrounding limestone outcrops and tobacco farms. I also trekked with a local guide to a cave with a natural swimming pool inside. Taking a dip under the stalactites was exhilarating (and very cold!).