The best things to see and do in Vinales Cuba

 
Sun 17 Jul 2016 - 0
 

Vinales is considered one of the most important tourist destinations in the country, so much so that it has been stated in the travel section of the influential New York Times at number 10 among the top 52 destinations to visit in 2016.

Vinales is one of the most beautiful natural environments in Cuba, embedded in "Sierra de los Organos" was declared a National Monument in 1979, was also approved in 1999 as National Park and in December of that year, it was declared by UNESCO World Heritage Humanity, in the category of Cultural Landscape. The area is ideal for nature tourism and adventure (hiking, caving and climbing) and mountaineering enthusiasts can find their challenges there as well. Viñales stands out more for the environment than their points of interest, since almost all activities carried out are outdoors.

Center of Vinales


Center of Vinales

Vinales is a quiet and friendly people where travelers come to relax and enjoy the wonderful nature, relax and sit in the town square, where you can visit the House of Culture, the Art Gallery, the recently restored Church and Polo Montañés cultural center. To the west, a little separated from the center you can find Adela Azcuy the Municipal Museum, former home of a heroine of the independence wars where you can also book excursions. In the opposite direction (east) is the Garden of "Caridad" extensive garden adorned with plastic doll heads and full of flowers and plants.

National ParkVisitor Center

Vinales Valley

The 150 square km constituting the Vinales National Park form a unique cultural landscape, the park is managed from the Visitor Center, which is located 2 km before reaching Viñales along the road from Pinar del Rio, the National Park has several excursions which can be arranged directly from the Visitor Center in the municipal museum or travel agencies that are located in the village of Viñales. Among the most prominent are hiking, the trail Cocosolo Palmarito about 11 km, this tour offers great views and opportunities to discover the flora and local fauna. Another interesting excursion is the "Maravillas de Vinales", which got its start 13 km from Viñales and just 1 km before reaching the Pueblo El Moncada, where the Gran Caverna de Santo Tomas, this trail is ideal for watching birds, it is very important to arrive early in the morning, you can also see endemic plants.

Casa del Veguero

To learn more about the process of tobacco is recommended to stop at La Casa del Vegero, 1km from Viñales along the road to the Hotel Los Jazmines, the staff makes a brief explanation of the process and you can buy some loose cigars. There is also a very nice quiet little restaurant.

Cueva del Indio

Cueva del Indio

La Cueva del Indio is located in one of the most beautiful landscapes of Vinales, in the San Vicente Valley about 7 km of Vinales along the road has Puerto Esperanza, the cave is electrified and the boats come and go throughout the day by the underground river, the tour guide makes an explanation of cave formations. In the vicinity are some restaurants and small shops to take some souvenir.

Palenque de los Cimarrones

It is a small museum where you walk through a cave (Cueva de San Miguel) showing how the slaves centuries ago were hiding. At the end of the cave there is restaurant with a show of slaves, mostly for bus tours. The cave is known for its discotheque frequented the late week by many locals.

Mural de la Prehistoria

The Mural of Prehistory is in the Dos Hermanas Valley, approximately 3 km from Viñales by road to the Moncada. The mural is painted on the rock hillock called Pita and shows the evolution of life in a natural sense. The mural was created in the perpendicular hillside wiped to perform this work, the rock was washed and drains were in it to prevent erosion caused by rain and has a dimension of 120 by 160 meters long. The creator was Leovigildo Gonzalez Morillo and he Guanahatabeyes Indians are represented, species of mammals, gigantic animals and some Mollusks representing the evolutionary process of men and animals in the Sierra de los Órganos.

Cayo Jutías Beach

If you dream of pristine beaches and turquoise waters where you can enjoy the tranquility and get away from the large hotel complexes. Jutias is located on the north coast of the municipality of Minas de Matahambre, about 65 km from Viñales (1 hour trip approximately) access it is a built on the sea road has a length of 5 km, has an approximate area 4 km and a beach of good quality 5 km, known for its turquoise water and white sand but especially for the tranquility of the place that is especially due to the lack of permanent housing, the only services provided in the restaurant island are Jutias, some timbiriches state for juices, soft drinks and some light meals and a couple cabin rent kayaks and organize trips to a reef dives. To reach from Viñales Cayo Jutías can be done by taxi or private car.

 

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