Valle de Vinales, Vinales
Categories: Valleys, Nature & Parks
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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Un bel exemple de relief karstique sous la forme de mogotes dans cette formidable vallée de Vinales ou les paysages dans cette végétation tropicale sont vraiment uniques ...A fine example of karst relief in the form of mogotes in the great Valley of Vinales or the scenery in this tropical vegetation are truly unique...show original
I loved Vinales. It's a beautiful area and there is much to see and do. I loved that the town Vinales was not overcrowded and the people are friendly. Horse riding is very popular and there are plenty... read more »
Visitámos uma quinta onde se cultivava tabaco, vimos o fabrico de um charuto (vale a pena ver). O almoço foi perto de um mural pintado em montanha (não muito bonito na realidade). Estivemos também na ... read more »We visited a farm where he raised tobacco, we saw the manufacture of a cigar (worth seeing). Lunch was near a mural painted in mountain (not very nice in reality). We were also in the cueva del Indio where at some point if navigates a underground river (interest)show original
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!).
ANDRES RAMIREZOne of the best places in Cuba, without a doubt... I recommend take a House and stroll the mogotes riding is something that deserves the penalty a lot do, the truth... especially to see the mogotes and factories of pure, then it is best to take a taxi. As always in Cuba, it should negotiate for everything, so you go out less expensive, but well I think that it is worth more than leftovers. It best is do it 4 or 5 people to share a car and ask them of do both the cave of the Indian, as it of Holy tomas, also approach is to the mural of the prehistory and to them two viewpoints, the of address the cave of sto tomas and the of the hotel them jasmine... 40 CUC can have a taxi for almost all morning and afternoonshow original
Marcello grantiniGorgeous day. We start from a Finca (farm) on horseback (the "boss" had asked 25 cuc per head but we negotiated up to 18) and pathway to Vinales campaign ("Valley of silence" so named). Up and down the trails and in the middle of the fields (not hard) we get the company to a campesino, where we see the whole process of cigar production, starting from the tobacco leaf. Only after, doing the math, we understand that the horse is really the only way to see the Valley and its beautiful landscape x. Bring hat and glasses. Stop by another campesino who grows coffee and sugarcane, where we witness the process of growing, harvesting and roasting coffee. We offers the guarapò (freshly squeezed juice of cane) and cane cord sucking like it's candy. We buy 500 gr of coffee home for 5 cuc (she had asked for 8). Only home we discover the aroma and taste of coffee; having more! We continue the tour: don't enter the cave (so they call it, just to take 2 cuc per head). We stop at a Lake surgivo that say they can swim; the temptation is there but I would avoid, whereas the water is stagnant and also used as a watering hole. After 3 hours back to base destroyed but delighted to have been able to gallop in the territory, back in time.show original
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