Viñales
picViñales is a small and colorful locality located in the province of Pinar del Rio, that is the most western zone of the island, visited especially by the attractive landscape that offers its valley: The Valley of Viñales.

When arriving at the town we will be with its place central, dominated by one old one and aggravated church of the last century, where in its interior we can find its banks dark, reconstructed so many times. When we walked by its streets we see like the humidity caused in rains, it has aggravated the frontals of the houses, that seem mosaic now worn away, whose old woman and worn away railings keep each vestibule and each house. This town, with enchantment, also offers a high musical tradition, where Cuban as as much foreign they mix every night to enjoy his music in direct, which they both offer diverse groups in the cosy premises that there are: The Patio of the Decimista (my favourite) and the Montañez Pole.

In this town youI could observe from within, going and coming as much from Cuban tourists as from … In its streets wide and filled with rent houses, we can be crossed all class of people, from women with its children, men with its bicycles, salesmen of pineapples and tomatos, guajiros with its horses, to farmers directing its cars with enormous oxen.

By the nights the atmosphere changes, and the panorama concentrates in the music premises where the tourist feels to listen to music while she satiates his thirst with rich mojito Cuban. There it is when so known jineter@s they put in use all arms to manage to conquer to “ yuma ”, and thus to share days …, removing an economic benefit already for one, and sexual one for the other.

For the mornings a typical image that surprises to you when it is the first time that you travel to Cuba, is the people conglomeration which they hope in the terminal of bus for, to offer renting from his houses to the tourist who arrives at the locality. It is really an image that surprises to you and it does grace to you, you even find comedian, but soon you see day day that it is the routine of many of them to be able to throw ahead with its businesses and its lives…

Viñales is one of the towns of Cuba, where 80% of the houses offer lodging, and is under my point of view the best option than the traveller in his stay by the island can choose. The particular houses are the economic option not only of the lodging, but also most interesting, since Cuban joint parties most of the day with and the fact to talk with them give the opportunity to see you that all the Cubans do not think in the same way, nor are equal and that each is a world.

El Valle de Viñales
picThe Valley of Viñales, is located in center of the Mountain range of the Bodies, belongs to the mountainous group of Guaniguanico. This combination of natural landscape and cultural has granted him the category of Natural Patrimony of the Humanity (UNESCO) in 1999. They emphasize, the flora and the fauna of the region by its cave exclusive feature and several systems that are classified between most beautiful and greater of Latin America. An excellent characteristic of the rocky Valley is their formation, their wonderful cársicas elevations, familiarly known like wooded hills, and that define this landscape with very original and unique forms in the world. Besides its formation rocky so atypical, the Valley characterizes by the fusion of its spectacular natural beauty and conservation of the environment. This Valley also is known by the culture of fruits and especially the culture of the tobacco, whose traditional methods of culture and production, have obtained a great recognition at world-wide level, describing the Habano like the best tobacco as the world. The Valley of Viñales owns vegetal and animal species unique and some in extinction danger. Between the first, most outstanding ones they are the palm, the agave, the macusey, the oak cayman, the dragon tree, ceibón, the palmita of mountain range. Between second they honor the birds like tomeguines of the pine, sinsontes, totíes, zunzún, tocororo, cartacuba and ruiseñor. And in relation to their flora 17 endemic botanical species exist that are not in another place of the world.
You can get more information in this oficil site: Parque Nacional de Viñales



Getting to Viñales

To arrive at Viñales and there are several alternatives:

• PRIVATE TAXI. http://taxicuba.orgfree.com. If you prefer the comfort and do not like the hours, you can travel to Viñales in a private taxi at great prices, as well as other regions of Cuba.
There is an association of private taxi drivers offering these services. You can contact them at taxicubareservas@gmail.com or visit their website Taxi Cuba, where you can download a price list.
They also do airport collected at very cheap prices.
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• ASTRO. It is the national bus company and the Cubans often used for long journeys. CUC is paid in, but as a tourist if you use this service will have to pay a higher amount because you're not delivering national identification and will charge another trarifa. Has fate in all provinces of Cuba. Normally no technical problems and the buses are very punctual. At least there is a daily bus from Havana to Viñales.

• VIAZUL. This business is tourism and the amount is paid in currency (CUC). Via Azul, generally is punctual, has a fleet of modern buses, comfortable, fast and air conditioning.
There are two buses daily to Viñales, has two buses daily from Havana to Viñales, stopping in Pinar del Rio. You can check timetables and buy tickets in advance: Viazul

• Collective. The best option is to seek a collective. You can exit the course by a maximum of 5 CUC.

• TAXI. And finally the most comfortable and most expensive course is to make the journey with a taxi driver. A TAXI DRIVER STATUS (Cubataxi, Tourstaxi ...) takes about 120 cuc.

• RENTAR CAR• If you are planning to travel to Cuba and do not know where to start, I can help you organize your itinerary. I offer a totally personalized itinerary according to your interests and desires.
I can advise you to know the country in an authentic way, by staying in private houses of great confidence and visiting places where you will meet the essence of the country.
You can also contact an association of private houses in Cuba, called Grupo Sol Cuba where not only can you find good accommodation and cheaply, but also help you organize your itinerary and advise throughout your trip. Another site that provides comprehensive information of Cuba, and all facilities and self help organizing the trip is Cuba a Tu Aire.

You can also find information and accommodation in Havana in Sol Habana.
It is a website where you will also help to organize your trip, personalized, throughout Cuba.

• If you think you'll visit the beautiful region of Viñales, you can enter Sol Viñales,where not only find homes for shelter, but you can also ask any question that comes your way when planning your trip, they will help you organize your schedule by Cuba.
You will also have the opportunity to find information about excursions in the Valley of Viñales, Pinar del Rio and customs vegas snuff.


Organisation of your Trip

• If you are planning to travel to Cuba and do not know where to start, I can help you organize your itinerary. I offer a totally personalized itinerary according to your interests and desires.
I can advise you to know the country in an authentic way, by staying in private houses of great confidence and visiting places where you will meet the essence of the country.
You can also contact an association of private houses in Cuba, called Grupo Sol Cuba where not only can you find good accommodation and cheaply, but also help you organize your itinerary and advise throughout your trip.

Another site that provides comprehensive information of Cuba, and all facilities and self help organizing the trip is Cuba a Tu Aire.

You can also find information and accommodation in Havana in Sol Habana.
It is a website where you will also help to organize your trip, personalized, throughout Cuba.

• If you think you'll visit the beautiful region of Viñales, you can enter Sol Viñales, where not only find homes for shelter, but you can also ask any question that comes your way when planning your trip, they will help you organize your schedule by Cuba.
You will also have the opportunity to find information about excursions in the Valley of Viñales, Pinar del Rio and customs vegas snuff.