Private Tour to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vinales Valley
Our tour is a classic introduction to the UNESCO preserved World Heritage site with a few unique and exclusive extras added to make it a very memorable day.
Leaving Havana early in the morning, your private tour takes you into the western province of Pinar Del Rio, and on arrival at the famous Vinales Valley viewpoint you can look down on the valley dotted with tobacco drying houses and the spectacular karst limestone scenery. The guide will introduce you to the region and the plans for the day.
Continuing down to the valley you will drive through the Dos Hermanos Valley with the limestone ‘Mogote’ cliffs towering above and make a short stop at the Pre-History Mural. This 120-meter-tall painting, one of the largest al fresco paintings in the world, was commissioned by Fidel Castro in 1961 and depicts the images of the pre-historical time in Vinales.
Take a stroll into the valley and visit the world-famous tobacco plantations where the guide describes the process of the production of the tobacco leaves for Cuba’s cigars. Visit a small local farm, meet the farmer and visit a special selection house where the tobacco leaves are graded for use in the different brands of Cigar when handmade at the factory. Enjoy a freshly prepared Cuban coffee or even a cigar at the farm!
Continuing to the El Palenque De Los Cimarrones, a cave in the cliffs that recreates one of the nomadic homes set up by runaway slaves and you can gain an insight into the Afro Cuba religion in Cuba in the 19th Century. The caves of El Indio are the next visit, which were discovered in 1920 and are thought to have been a refuge of the Guanahatabey Indians as well as a burial site! After a walk through the limestone caves system, enjoy a 400m boat ride that takes you out of the cool caves and back into the heat of the day.
You will then visit an artist project where a local farmer has created unique and amazing wood sculptures from roots and foliage found in the valley. Now a small museum his studio offers a fascinating insight into his work, that gradually is become recognised outside Cuba.
Lunch is planned at an organic farm restaurant at the Finca Paraiso, for an organic lunch platter. This family run cooperative farm is an award winning organic farm and you wil learn all about the farm practices whilst sitting on the terrace overlooking ‘Silencio’ Valley.
Late afternoon return to Havana arriving back into the city in the early evening.
One of our most popular day excursions. Just under 2 hours away from the capital, discover Cuba’s most dramatic landscapes and world-famous tobacco plantations at the Valley of Vinales.
Duration: Full-Day Tour
Kids under 2 go free
Up to 40% discount on groups over 6 travellers