Viñales Valley: A Cuban Paradise Gem

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Cuba has natural charms and heavenly environments that leave many amazed and enchanted by such Edenic beauty. The Viñales Valley, located in the western province of Pinar del Río, is a tourist destination you cannot miss if you plan a trip to the Caribbean island.

Viñales Valley: A Jewel of Nature

Located in the Sierra de los Órganos within the Guaniguanico mountain range, the valley was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in December 1999.

Viñales has a landscape allure that ends up enchanting all who visit, whether they are foreigners or locals, and it’s not only the charm of the fascinating natural environment but also the archaeological history witnessed by its valleys and mogotes.

Places You Can Visit in Viñales Valley

Places You Can Visit in Viñales Valley

Tourist attractions in Viñales range from mysterious caves to paradisiacal cays of sun and sand, as well as canopy experiences and horseback riding, showcasing the great indigenous diversity of the area. Here are some places and options you can visit on your nature outing in Viñales.

  • Prehistoric Mural
    A site of great cultural value, located in the Dos Hermanas valley. The mural is painted on the side of a natural stone uplift, on the mogote called Pita. It is a giant mural, on a monumental scale, with dimensions of 120 m in height and 160 m in length, depicting the evolution of natural life in the area, created by Leovigildo González Morillo. Conservation work is periodically carried out due to its exposure to natural elements of light and rain, and for its importance as an example of modern rock art.
  • Cueva del Indio
    Among Viñales’ cave systems, Cueva del Indio captivates visitors with the incredible fusion of rocky pronouncements and vegetal structure, while a boat tour through the underground San Vicente River runs through the cave.
  • Santo Tomás Caves
    The largest cave system in Cuba, it has seven karst floors, and the rocky accidents formed by stalactites and stalagmites give it a peculiar harmony.
  • Los Jazmines Lookout
    The viewpoint offers a fantastic view in a unique panoramic landscape of mountainous beauty, especially at sunset when the chromatic light intensifies the visitor’s experience.
  • Cayo Jutías and Cayo Levisa
    These cays are true heavenly gems. Cayo Jutías and Cayo Levisa feature beautiful and enjoyable beaches with white sands and crystal-clear turquoise waters, perfectly combining Caribbean enjoyment during the summer season.
  • Viñales Botanical Garden
    Here you can discover the magnificence of the flora through the endemic botanical species of the area and in direct harmony with nature.

In addition to these places to explore and enjoy, you can ride through the natural surroundings of the valley on horseback, and experience the canopy route, which extends 1000 meters with four sections and eight platforms, at a height of 35 meters in longer sections.

The tobacco route is another experience we recommend; you can visit the Casa del Veguero and learn about the tobacco culture on the island, including the process of cultivation and drying of tobacco, as well as the historical importance of the industry in the locality.

Accommodation in Viñales: Hotels and Guesthouses for the Comfort of Your Stay

Accommodation in Viñales Hotels and Guesthouses for the Comfort of Your Stay

If you wish to stay in the area, you can consider the option of hotels or private rental homes. In either type of accommodation, you will have the opportunity to taste traditional Creole cuisine made from ingredients and methods of Cuban culinary culture.

Here are the main hotels and their locations in the locality:

  • Hotel La Ermita: Carretera de La Ermita Km 1 ½ Viñales, Pinar del Río.
  • Hotel Los Jazmines: Carretera de Viñales Km 25 Viñales, Pinar del Río.
  • Hotel Rancho Vicente: Carretera Puerto Esperanza Km 33 Viñales, Pinar del Río.
  • Hotel Central Viñales: 80 Calle Ceferino Fernández, 22 400 Viñales, Pinar del Río.

You can access this site if you want to find other special accommodation options for couples, families with children, or even pets.

Viñales Valley is waiting for you… what are you waiting for to schedule your visit?

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Haymé Santoya Rodríguez

Licenciada en Historia del Arte por la Universidad de Oriente. Investigadora en Casa de la Nacionalidad Cubana. Se especializa en estudios sobre artes visuales y cine cubano. Ha realizado trabajos de curaduría de arte así como conferencias, presentaciones de libros, conversatorios y disertaciones sobre su especialización. Se ha vinculado al periodismo digital desde el 2018.

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