What to see in Vinales Valley
Vinales Valley Attractions
The glorious landscapes are the primary attraction of Vinales Valley. The prehistoric-looking valley, with its odd round hills (magotes) and bright orange soil visible among the striking greenery makes the area a unique and absorbing destination for travellers in Cuba.
For a more authentic and intimate experience, tourists should avoid the tour buses and get a local guide to show them around the tobacco farms, caves and sites such as the Prehistoric Mural. Walks organised by the municipal museum allow locals to explain and show the ancient farming techniques still used by local farmers, while there is also a hop-on hop-off bus for tourists that stops at all the main attractions in Vinales Valley.
One of the most popular things to do in Vinales is to visit the extensive and highly impressive cave systems, such as the fantastical Cueva Del Indio and the Gran Caverna De Santo Tomas. The unspoilt and authentic feel of these subterranean treasures is evident from the lack of colourful lighting or superficial decorations that so often detract from the majesty and mystery of these underground worlds.
A quick stroll down the quaint main road of the village shows visitors just how small the village is, but there are a handful of things to see and do in Vinales. The privately-owned botanical garden, Jardin de las Hermanas Caridad y Carmen Miranda, is a delight, while the Centro Cultural Polo Montanez is great fun for some salsa dancing, live shows and a few tasty mojitos.
Located in the Viñales Valley, the 27 miles (45km) of the Cueva del Indio is a magical place. In addition to the caves, the area provides some great family activities such…
The Gran Caverna de Santo Tomás are situated about 10 miles (16km) west of Viñales. With more than 29 miles (46km) of underground galleries spanning eight different…
The Viñales Botanical Garden ranks highly among things to see and do in Viñales, partly because it is refreshingly intimate and unspoilt by tourists. Originally cultivated…
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