Vinales Valley is arguably one of Cuba’s most beautiful regions and this spectacular area has been preserved by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Vinales Valley is arguably one of Cuba’s most beautiful regions and this spectacular area has been preserved by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Vinales is also home to the tobacco plantations that produce Cuba’s world-famous cigars and unique limestone mountain outcrops that rise almost vertically out of the valley floor, known locally as ‘Mogotes’.
A rich and fertile area with tobacco and coffee plantations, beautiful rivers, natural springs and unique landscapes, Vinales offers a wonderful introduction to rural life in Cuba and provides a peaceful contrast to the hustle and bustle of Havana and other colonial cities.
There is also little or nothing in the way of highly developed tourism and the towns and villages which dot the undulating landscape appear to be in something of a charming time warp. The local country folk are devoted largely to the production of tobacco and the leaves rolled here account for the very best cigars that Cuba produces. During your journey, we can arrange visits to tobacco farms where you can witness the handicraft involved from cutting and drying the leaves to the making of the cigar.
An area of peacefulness and tranquillity with country life taking place all around, a few nights here are a must. For the more active, enjoy sunrise or sunset cycling trails, horse-riding through the valley with treks to suit all abilities, including the chance to climb a Mogote! There are also some fascinating limestone cave systems which can be explored with the Santo Tomas system being the largest in the Americas. Close by to Vinales are a number of almost deserted beautiful beach areas that can be visited for the day, where the sea is so very clear and welcoming.