5 ways to experience Vinales Cuba

Posted: 19-May-16 11:21

Away from the busy streets of Havana visitors to Cuba are uncovering a unique destination that trades city life for a slower, more leisurely existence. Many travellers are learning that what the small town of Vinales lacks in terms of big buildings and attractions it more than makes up for in terms of natural beauty and rustic charm.

5 ways to experience Vinales Cuba

If you are hoping to experience Cuba in an authentic way there is perhaps no better way than by visiting the small town of Vinales. Located along the island’s northern coast in the Pinar del Rio Province, Vinales is brimming with natural artistry and a comfortable, relaxed way of life.

It is this type of experience that led Travel Pulse to recently post an article outlining the ‘5 Things You Must Experience in Vinales Cuba”. Written by inspirational world-travellers Nick and Dariece, the couple routinely travels to some of the most far-reaching places on the globe, and then offers up recommendations to inspire others to live out their travel dreams off the beaten path.

The first

The first “must do” in Vinales, according to the writers, is to catch a sunset over the magotes. The round hills are unique to the area. The authors say the magotes provide spectacular scenery for photographs and picture perfect sunsets.

Nick and Dariece suggest finding a quiet spot outside of town as high as you can go for the best view. To get there they recommend a motorbike or bicycle for ease of travel, but they also say you might want to consider joining other travellers in watching a sunset over drinks and conversation at Finca Agroecologica.

The second

The next recommended location on their list is a tobacco farm. The duo says tobacco is only grown in a handful of places in Cuba and Vinales is one of them. For this reason, they say the area is perfect for learning more about what tobacco planting involves as well as cigar making. The writers suggest visiting Los Islenos Farm, which they accidentally found while hiking through the Valle de Silencio. They particularly enjoyed having a conversation in English with one of the owners, learning more about the farm as well as Cuban life. They point out it’s a good stop anytime of the year, even if you don’t normally smoke a cigar.

The third

The third suggestion in the article is to explore caves like Santo Tomas Cave, the largest in Cuba. Located about nine miles west of town, the writers say visitors can expect to pay $10 for a guided tour, including the guide and a helmet with a headlamp. To get there, they say, you’ll have to climb up a rocky hill, so they suggest wearing a sturdy pair of shoes. The authors point out that the cave is mostly wide open, with many miles of it consisting of eight levels. While they do say that visitors can only see part of the cave, they believe it’s a “must do”.

The fourth

Back in town, their next tip is to stay in a casa particular. The authors write that most of the homes in Vinales are open to tourists, but with only two rooms because the locals also live in the homes. This is what makes Vinales unique. In some other Cuban cities locals rent out their entire home to visitors.

While staying in the home, they go on to write that eating a home-cooked meal is something visitors don’t want to pass up. In fact, they mention that with menus including items like fresh fruit, potatoes and roasted chicken the meals are likely to be the best food you eat while in Cuba. They suggest giving your host family a day notice so they have time to buy and fix an at-home meal.

The fifth

Finally, the authors mention hiking through farmland, not only for the scenery but also to watch traditional farming methods using an ox and plow and to converse with locals. The couple claims many of the colourful farm homes have porches with rocking chairs, and often the people that live there like to invite travellers to sit with them while enjoying a cigar or some fresh juice.

While a “must do” the authors do warn that travellers should stay on the paths so that crops aren’t accidentally trampled. They maintain the farmland hike is one of the best highlights of traveling through Vinales.

For more recommendations, be sure to check the suggestions provided by our blogger Carmen Romero, born and raised in Vinales.


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