A beautiful peaceful and romantic village, the main street with small houses all painted in different colors.
Vinales is located in one of the most beautiful areas of Cuba, in specific for people who love nature and a quiet peaceful atmosphere is Vinales a must see.
The Viñales Valley
One of Cuba’s greatest natural attractions, was declared a National Natural Monument for its remarkable landscapes. The valley has a surface area of 132 km2 and is a part of Sierra de los Organos, in Pinar del Río province. It is the finest example of a karst valley in Cuba, where mogotes, knolls with rounded tops and steep slopes, contrast harmoniously with the flat surface of the valley where they stand.
Deep in the valley bottom you find cultivated lands-mainly tobacco, taro and bananas-and scattered peasant houses, all forming a rural landscape of great beauty.
The surrounding sierras abound in caves, making it an area of speleological interest. Outstanding among them are Cueva del Indio, a cave which San Vicente River runs through, and Cueva de José Miguel. Further west, the Santo Tomás cave system, criss-crossed by 45 km of galleries, is one of the largest in Hispanic America.
The flora is an important element in Viñales. Cuban endemic plants found there include: the ceibón tree (Bombax emarginatum), palmita de sierra (Thrinax microcarpa), cayman oak (Ekmanianthes actinophylla) and a kind of palm tree (Mycrocycas calocoma)-a living Jurassic fossil that can only be found in a small area of Pinar del Río.
There are also many endemic animal species, especially birds like hummingbirds, the Cuban trogon (Priotelus temnurus), tody (Todus multicolor), mockingbird (Cuban solitaire) and a small paserine bird that inhabits pinewoods.
The Viñales Valley has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List since November 1999 as a cultural landscape enriched by traditional farm and village architecture. Old-fashioned farming methods are still used in Viñales, notably to grow tobacco. The local population is an ethnic mix that illustrates the cultural development of the Caribbean and Cuba in particular.
Tour Discover Viñales
Departure from Havana, Cuba
- Collective tour.
- Private tour.
- Duration: 10 hrs
- Departure time: 7:30 hrs
- Tour guide: Yes
- Children are allowed: Yes
- Languages spoken: Spanish, English, French.
It takes about two and a half hours from Havana to enjoy Cuba’s most beautiful landscape, Viñales Valley, 80% of which is dedicated to tobacco production, providing the best leaves for the finest Cuban Cigars. With your tour guide, you will visit a typical private farmer’s house, where tobacco leaves are grown, and see how cigars are rolled. You can also visit Mural de la Prehistoria and have a nice boat ride in the underground waters of Cueva del Indio. Typical Cuban lunch will be served in the area.
• Pick up at the Casa or Hotel and departure to Viñales.
• Stop to a typical peasant house and tobacco plantations and also appreciate the tobacco plantations that are there they find cultivated (if it is growing season)
• Walk through the Viñales Valley, declared Cultural Landscape Protected by UNESCO and National Natural Monument.
• Visit to the Mirador de Los Jazmines, a place that offers a beautiful overview of the Viñales Valley;
• Visit to the Cueva del Indio with boat ride on the river that runs inside;
• Lunch at a local restaurant (not included in the price but you it’s around 10 cuc per person);
• Visit to the Mural of Prehistory that shows the process of evolution of life in the Sierra de los Órganos, from the mollusk to the first indigenous inhabitants of the place;
• Back to the Casa or Hotel.
TIPS: • Recommended: light clothing, sunglasses, hats or caps, tennis, sandals or comfortable shoes and photographic camera. • For the tour we recommend a water bottle.
Services not included in the private tour:
- food and drinks.
Classic Car or Modern Speedy Car
120 USD per person
min 2 pax
CollectiveTour (with governmental agency)
69USD per person