Viñales is the perfect combination of natural beauty and traditional Cuban culture. It is best known for its tobacco farms, languid lifestyle and the distinctive limestone hills of Valle de Viñales.
So if you’re into green travel, nature and culture consider Viñales for your next vacation.
How To Get There
Outright tourism is still prohibited by law, so Americans can only visit if their reason for travel falls into one of 12 categories, such as visiting relatives, conducting research, or attending a cultural event.
Commercial flights to Cuba have been restored, but you have another option, charter flights. Visiting Americans typically fly into Havana from Miami, New York and other cities.
Viñales is only a two and a half hour drive from Havana, so it’s fairly easy to get there. Stay for a couple of days and enjoy the laid-back culture or make it a day trip if you have less time on your hands.
What To Do
Life in Viñales revolves around agriculture, so visiting a tobacco farm should be at the very top of your to-do list. Take a horse ride through the lush valley and see how the most famous cigars in the world come to be.
Not only will you get to experience one of the most naturally beautiful spots in the world, you’ll also get a peek into the everyday lives of the people who live in Viñales.
Though it is a small town, Viñales is no stranger to visitors. There are plenty of well-established small businesses including shops, restaurants, hotels and even a botanical garden.
You can also pay a visit to the Cuevas de Santo Tomas, Cuba’s largest cave system. Visitors can explore this unique natural feature by foot and take a short boat ride through the caves. And if you’re looking for a unique photo opportunity or a spot for a quick picnic, head for the Mural de la Prehistoria, a mural painted directly onto one of the valley’s signature limestone mogotes.
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