Holidays in Vinales

Vinales wasn't founded until the late 19th century, and it would seem that not much has changed since then. The agricultural valley in which it sits is especially important as a tobacco-growing centre, and rust-brown fields dot the otherwise green scenery here. A backdrop of otherworldly rock outcroppings called mogotes puts the icing on this picturesque cake.

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As you enter the Vinales Valley, the first thing you'll notice is the scenery. Flat agricultural plains dotted by haphazard rock outcroppings define this UNESCO World Heritage Site, some rising up at nearly 90 degree inclines from the flat ground below.

Next you'll notice the sights, and perhaps the smells, that define this area as Cuba's prime tobacco-growing region. Traditional growing methods are still used here, and you'll probably see a few ox-drawn carts ploughing the fields that dot the valley or transporting freshly-harvested leaves to dry. When the wind blows the right way, the pleasant smoky smell of tobacco will fill your nose.

This is one of Cuba's prime tourism destinations. The town itself is comprised almost entirely of small, one-story wooden houses, seeming like a page out of some history book. But investigate further, and you'll find one of Cuba's premiere hiking and natural destinations as well as a hub for independent travellers on the island. Read on to see what else makes Vinales magical.

Caving in Cuba

Vinales is Cuba's premiere caving destination. Some fifteen kilometres outside of town sits the Gran Caverna de Santo Tomas, Cuba's largest known cave. Guides offer tours, during which you'll explore a fraction of the 45 kilometres of cave system.

If this seems a bit much for you, you can always visit the more touristic Cuevas del Indio. Just outside of town, this cave is very well-lit and even features a boat tour. Nearby you'll find tourist amenities such as a restaurant and gift shop.

A World-Renowned Hiking Centre

The Vinales National Park building has maps for more than a dozen local hikes. Ranging from three kilometres round-trip to just over eleven kilometres one-way, there are options for most every skill level.

Most of these hikes are considered low difficulty, but a few consist of altitude changes that can prove quite challenging-make sure to ask before you leave! Every hike offers incredible views of the Vinales Valley, and some pass by popular tourist sites including the Mural de la Prehistoria (the Prehistory Mural).

Rock Climbing, Horseback Riding, and more

Most hiking trails located in the Vinales region are also accessible on horseback. If this sounds more your speed than walking, you can ask for information at the National Park building. They'll be happy to help you find horses for your journey.

Additionally, Vinales is one of Cuba's best destinations for rock climbers. See those mogotes all around you? Why not climb one? The valley has more than 250 well-defined climbing routes, from short jaunts of 30 or so metres to whopping 200 metre climbs. Whatever your skill level, you're sure to find options here.

Lastly, you can also take advantage of Vinales' status as an agricultural region to enjoy a farm tour during your stay. From tobacco plantations to eco-farms like that of Raul Reyes Posada, a trip to a local farm is an interesting and eye-opening experience for many visitors.

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