Cuba launches sport climbing routes in Vinales Valley

Posted: 21-May-18 09:14

Cuba has exciting news for adrenaline lovers as the island's tourism sector launches a new mountain climbing experience. During the recent FITCuba 2018, local enterprise Palmares introduced sports climbing in Vinales Valley, one of the island's most important destinations for nature tourism.

Cuba launches sport climbing routes in Vinales Valley

Although many travellers may think of Cuba as purely a sun and sand destination, or perhaps imagine Havana as an ideal culturally-rich, salsa-shaking city break, there is much more to the island. Boasting practically undiscovered and untrodden greenery, breath-fauna, majestic mountains and pristine rivers, Cuba is a paradise for nature lovers. The nation’s tourism industry, which has long been committed to promoting eco-friendly routes and excursions around natural sites, recently launched an exciting new activity for those who wish to get the adrenaline pumping.

During the 38th edition of FITCuba, which concluded merely weeks ago, local enterprise Palmares launched a new sports climbing experience in Vinales Valley. One of the island’s most beautiful eco-reserves, the valley in Pinar del Rio is surrounded by stunning antlers locals call “mogotes”, which make for an amazing, if challenging climb that offers panoramic vistas of the surrounding flora and fauna.

Yurien Echevarria, assistant manager of Operations at Palmares in Pinar del Rio province, explained that visitors would be able to climb up two of Vinales Valley’s most iconic “mogotes”: El Valle and La Costanera. The first antler “El Valle” comprises 43 climbing areas, whilst the second “La Costanera” comprises 35 climbing areas.

La Costanera is the highest elevation in Vinales Valley with an approximate height of 125 metres. From the top of the antler, climbers will be able to observe the striking north coast of Pinar del Rio. In addition, La Costanera has been deemed one of the most complex sites for sports climbing on a global scale.

In total, Palmares will offer clients a total of 258 different routes to choose from. Echevarria insisted that the initiative was accessible to all kinds of clients. He went on to confirm that there was no need to be an expert in order to sign up for the climbing experience, as routes range from easy climbs for absolute beginners to more complex paths for seasoned experts. Moreover, the routes have been deemed safe by the International Federation of Sports Climbing, which has corroborated that all necessary safety measures for a successful climb have been put into place.

Another important part of this initiative includes caring for the environment and surrounding species. Thanks to the enterprise’s close work with project “Ecovida”, the new climbing offer will work hard to create a balance between tourism activities and protecting natural resources. Finally, Palmares has expressed its confidence in the new offer being a success, as a pioneering option in the island’s tourism offers.


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