Pinar del Río
Pinar del Río, is the province of Cuba that has more wealth in flora, fauna and tobacco plantations. In this province there is also a tobacco factory and Cuban rum which you can visit. At the rum factory you will be able to taste one of the best Cuban rums. Here is the village of Viñales, filled with mountains, caves, valleys, mogotes, rivers etc and all covered with vegetation with a glowing green. If you like nature this site you shouldn't miss to visit. Although in the entire province you can enjoy many plantations of tobacco, in this site there are various to visit, where you'll see how tobacco grows and is harvested, the most famous of the world and how it is made manually. Test a real “Cohíba”-“Partagás”-“Romeo and Juliet”, among others and feel like a Cuban.
But if you like the sun and the beach, don't worry, that here you can also enjoy many of them.
Sites to visit:
♦ La Cueva del Indio. You walk through a large part of the cave but then you'll catch a boat and sail on the river “San Vicente”. Then you'll be out of the cave. It is a small tour, but it is worth it.
♦ Caverna de Santo Tomás. Largest caves of Cuba and National Monument.
♦ Cueva del Palenque de los Cimarrones. It was used by the African slaves during the time of the Spanish colonization to seek refuge when they were fleeing from the barracks of the sugar mills. On the other side of the mountain there is a restaurant where you can enjoy a tasty drink typical of the area.
♦El Mural de la Prehistoria. Is a painting on a mogote done by the painter and scientific Leovigildo González Morillo.
♦ From the Hotel “Los Jazmines” observe the “Valle de Viñales”.
♦ El Orquideario de Viñales.
♦ Visit “Los Acuáticos”. People who believe in the power of healing water.
♦ Visit tobacco plantations where they harvest the tobacco and process it manually. You will see personally how the most famous tobacco is harvested and how they are prepared manually.
♦Cayo Levisa and Cayo Jutías. Beaches where you can spend an unforgettable day. “Cayo Levisa” is located approximately 49 kilometers north of Viñales and you can reach it only by boats. “Cayo Jutías” is located approximately 54 kilometers northwest of Viñales.
Soroa - Las Terrazas. Also located in the province of Pinar del Río. This is another site very recognized by its natural beauty in terms of flora and fauna. Soroa is a special place for nature lovers. Here you can enjoy trekking, the singing of the birds and watch them from very close distance as well, its medicinal waters. Here you should not miss:
♦ El Orquideario de Soroa. Here you will find approximately 700 types of orchids from different countries and 6000 types of ornamental plants.
♦ El salto de Soroa. A waterfall of 22 meters of height.
♦Castillo de las Nubes. Is located in the “Loma of the Fort”. This ramshackle structure was built in 1867 by Antonio Arturo Sánchez Bustamante, an Andalusian immigrant that made his fortune in Cuba. The castle terrace offers an extraordinary view of the “Sierra del Rosario” and the “Valleys of Pinar del Río”.
♦Las Terrazas. The home of the Cuban singer “Polo Montañez”.
♦ El río San Juan. A natural swimming pool.