Get Inspired / Central America / Cuba Valle de Viñales Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Central America / Cuba Valle de Viñales story by: Tom Ricketts Southwest of Cuba’s capital city of Havana is the Pinar del Rio Province. This quiet corner of the island is home to some of Cuba’s most stunning landscapes. Great limestone hills rise almost vertically out of a patchwork of farms and tobacco plantations covering the valley floor. The coasts are lined with deserted white sand beaches and the glistening waters hide some of the country’s best diving spots. This is a must visit when in Cuba. Easily the most famous attraction in the Pinar del Rio Province is the UNESCO World Heritage listed Vinales Valley. The introduction to the valley couldn’t be more dramatic. As you wind your way up to a hill crest the vast valley is suddenly visible before you. The valley is carpeted in farms and tobacco plantations with starkly different coloured crops. But most spectacular of all is the series of rocky outcrops called magotes which rise imposingly from the valley floor. In the valley itself is the small rural town of Vinales which is surrounded by walking and biking tracks. However the most popular way to get around is by horseback, as is it seems, the most common use of transport in the valley too. Pinar del Rio is also centre of what is perhaps Cuba’s most famous export, tobacco. Or to more exact, cigars! The rich fertile land here accounts for 70% of the nations tobacco crop. Tours of cigar factories can be done all around Cuba, but for the quintessential experience, the Vegas Robaina plantation is a must. Here you are taken through the whole cigar making process and can even be taught to roll your own by the man himself! With so much attention on what’s happening inland, the beaches of Pinar del Rio are relatively quiet. They are of course, beautiful, as all beaches in Cuba are. Pinar del Rio boasts white sand beaches with crystal clear waters and the islands best reefs, making them a magnet for divers and snorkellers. An array of unique marine life can be spotted mere metres offshore, as well as all your Nemo favourites, and if you’re lucky, sea turtles. Most people visit the Vinales and Pinar del Rio by day tour from Havana, but with so many wonderful natural sights and unique adventures to be had, the region really demands one or two nights for the best experience. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist 5 reasons why Contiki's a great idea Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Driving in Cuba: What You Need To Know Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.