Today you travel with your local guide to the Western province of Pinar del Rio. Visit to Las Terrazas. Visit this small ecotourism community and nature reserve founded in 1971 in the municipality of Candelaria, Artemisa Province, Cuba. It has many arts and crafts workshops and a beautifully restored 19th Century coffee plantation – Cafetal Buenavista it is in the Sierra del Rosario mountains, which was designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1984.
Continue to Viñales in Pinar del Rio, an area of great importance, though it may not have the large cities and infrastructure that you would normally associate with importance, to Cuba as it is an area that produces some of the world’s finest tobacco. Still stereotyped as a simple area with pure country folk it has withstood the temptation to adopt the big tourist developments and remains an area of simple houses and homes in basic small villages and towns.
Viñales is a small town in Pinar del Rio. Its main street is lined with colourful colonial-era wooden houses, including the Municipal Museum, which explores the region’s history. Orchids and palms fill the sprawling Casa de Caridad Botanical Gardens. Viñales serves as a gateway to the Sierra de los Organos mountains and the Viñales Valley. It has an almost prehistoric feel to it thanks to the valley's tall, steep-sided limestone hills, known as Mogotes, or flattopped mountains, which draw rock climbers. Viñales offers Cuba’s best hiking, mounting, caving and landscapes views, based around the serene farming town on the edge of the park. This is Cuba at its most attractive.
Overnight in Viñales.