Viñales Tour

Viñales

Don´t miss the most overwhelming Cuban Nature

The Western region of Cuba is known for very high quality tobacco fields and breathtaking landscapes. Viñales valley with its gigantic “mogotes”, unusual limestone formations which resemble a huge church organ, therefore the name Sierra de los Organos, invites visitors to explore the most scenic natural parks of Cuba. It was declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site in the category of Cultural landscape and houses 17 botanical species and 47 archeological sites, most of them related to aboriginal communities and runaway African slaves.

PROGRAM


Departure only from Havana: 07:30-18:30 (2 hrs drive to Viñales).
Spectacular views and unique landscapes will escort you as you go. Comfort break along the way.

  • Visit to the Indian´s Cave to take a gorgeous boat ride along a river which runs inside the cave. Admission fee is 5.00 CUC per person.
  • Visit to a tobacco plantation "Vega", a tobacco shed and a farmer´s house to be more familiar with tobacco cultivation. Watch how a cigar is hand rolled and try their homemade coffee.
  • 1 hrs optional guided horseback riding 20.00 CUC/person or guided walking tour 15.00 CUC/person through the valley
  • Lunch at a local private restaurant: “Paladar” (price varies depending on your choice).
  • ½ hrs free time to explore the heart of Viñales village. Mix with the locals at Viñales down town.
  • Visit to the Pre-history Mural, a worth seeing hillock´s wall where local evolution was painted monumentally. Admission fee is 3.00 CUC per person.
  • Visit to Los Jasmines Hotel lookout, the most famous spot for taking pictures of the valley.
  • Drive back to your accommodation.

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Important notes:

  • Quality: Experienced, Reliable, English speaking local guides.
  • Convenient: Pick-up with private air-conditioned and insured transportation
  • Personalized: Fully customizable tour itineraries.
  • Service: 24/7 Customer Support.
  • Payment in CUC or USD cash is required at the end of the tour. Check our rate for USD.
  • In case of American citizens, this cultural exchange includes a full-time schedule of activities intended to enhance contact and support for Cubans. All our tours fall under the Support for the Cuban People Category.



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Tour Highlights

  • Viñales Valley Viñales valley and a section of this Mountain Range where it is located became in 1999 a National Park and was declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site in the category of Cultural landscape. This overwhelming landscape houses 17 botanical species and 47 archeological sites, most of them related to aboriginal communities and runaway African slaves. It features unique gigantic limestone hillocks, mogotes, honeycombed with cavities which resemble a huge church organ, therefore the name Sierra de los Organos, Organs Mountain Range.
  • Indian´s CaveThis cave discovered in 1920, lies in the San Vicente Valley. The first part of the tour here is on foot and then a motorboat takes visitors through a river which runs inside the cave. It´s plenty of gorgeous stalactites and stalagmites, some of which resemble animals, ships, skull, etc.
  • Pre History Mural Located at Dos Hermanas Valley, this spectacular Mural (120 meters high and 160 meters long) was painted by Leovigildo Gonzáles Morillo who was Chief Cartographer of the Cuban Academy of Science. The face of a limestone hillock features the history of local evolution from ammonites to Hommo Sapiens.
  • Runaway slave refugeIn the depths of San Miguel´s cave, there is a Palenque, run away refuge, which houses a museum now. Cimarrones were runaway slaves who hid in the mountains or forests to avoid those whose job it was to capture them alive or dead. These fugitives organized frequent revolts which were almost inevitably suppressed with bloodshed.
  • Mogotes They are among the most ancient rocks in Cuba and all what remains of a limestone plateau. Over a period lasting millions of years, underground aquifers eroded the softer limestone giving rise to large caverns whose ceiling later collapsed. Only the hard lime stone pillars, mogotes, were left standing. They are covered with thick vegetation where some endemic plant species have adapted to life on their craggy crevices.
  • Tobacco farmingIn Cuba, the process of tobacco growing is the result of age old expertise handed down to generations. Tobacco plants are very delicate and need skilful handling. There two types: Corojo, grown in green houses, which has the finest leaves, selected as the cigar´s wrapper, and Criollo, which grows outdoors and provides the cigar´s filler and its binder. Harvesting tobacco is a laborious operation. The leaves are tied in bunches and put to dry in sheds hanging on horizontal poles. Humidification is a hydrating process carried out after the drying so that the leaves do not dry out.

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