Just a few
hours driving from Havana, Viñales Valley is a unique landscape dotted with
gigantic “mogotes” (karst formations) surrounding a lovely valley with rich,
red earth and majestic palm trees. This is one of Cuba’s most fertile areas and
where some of the world’s best tobacco is grown, harvested, dried and
The tobacco plant reaches its full height between November and February. Once the harvest is over, other crops are planted such as malanga, yucca, corn etc until October.
A visit to the “Casa del Veguero” (the Tobacco Farmer’s House), surrounded by tobacco plantations, provides a mini-education on the subject.
In 1999, the Viñales Valley was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. A voyage through this beautifully verdant land which has preserved traditional (country) life shows you why.
A 120-meter tall replica of prehistoric paintings on a “mogote” and a boat trip on a river through a cave are fun and educational: they explain the evolution of life in the Sierra de los Órganos (mountain range) where the valley is located. There is an awe-inspiring panoramic view from the viewpoint close to Hotel Los Jazmines.
Lunch is served in a local restaurant.