Take a Trip to Pinar del Rio
Journey by way of safari to discover the beautiful nature of Pinar del Rio
On this tour the customer will enjoy a beautiful walk up to the beautiful nature of Pinar del Rio, visit the famous Valley of Viñales, Cultural Landscape of Humanity, enjoying a natural environment and life of Cuba tabaqueros
Imagine a place where sights and sounds of Cuba’s farm country fill your ears, bringing you to place of relaxation and adventure alike. Travel to the Western province of Pinar Del Rio to see these wide-open spaces of beautiful farmland, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Take in the beauty of Viñales Valley, a popular destination with sights to behold.
As you enter this country gem, you’ll be welcomed by beautifully blanketed fields of white, signs of the famous tobacco that grows in Pinar del Rio. Tucked away from Havana, this agricultural Paradise makes up 4,200 square miles of western Cuba.
Wide open prairie spaces will draw you into the historical atmosphere of these famed tobacco lands, as you journey to the several landmarks decorating this beautiful countryside, home of Cuba’s tabaqueros, or tobacco growers and merchants.
You’ll be departing from the hotel and driven via jeep to this historical and agricultural destination for a day of learning and discovery.
A trip to Cuba’s tobacco fields wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Pinar del Rio’s cigar factory.
The Franciso Donatien factory is right in the heart of Pinar del Rio’s city, and became a cigar factory in the 1960s. The brand known as Vegueros was once manufactured at this location beginning in the 1990s and has since been discontinued. Take in the architecture of a building that is steeped with tradition, and was once actually an antique prison, and is still in operation today manufacturing cigars. Immerse yourself in the work of the tabaqueros as you watch them roll cigars. Purveyors of cigars can enjoy purchasing at the Casa Del Tabaco, where you can find some of Cuba’s finest.
Discover one of Cuba’s finest in the world of rum, the Guayabita del Pinar. Developed from the guava berries of a tree local to the Pinar del Rio region, this brand of Rum whose name translates to “little guava” has grown into something well-loved and famous, winning several awards locally and abroad. Take a visit to the factory, founded in 1892, where this local brew is concocted, and let your taste buds go on a delicious journey when you purchase an affordable bottle from the factory itself. You’ll soon see why this brand of Cuban rum is award-winning.
You’ll find yourself marveling at the gorgeous views from the Mirador de los Jazmines,or the Lookout of the Jazmines hotel. From this vantage point you’ll see lush, brilliant trees and countryside as well as views of the the cliffsides surrounding the Viñales Valley, Cuba’s most popular tourist destination.
Tobacco plantations and homes also decorate the valley, making this a sight to behold. Your eyes will then be captivated by the Mural of Prehistory, a 120 meter long painting sitting along the side of a massive cliff. This mural took four years and 18 people to bring it to completion, its rich colorful paintings of creatures, people,and prehistoric monsters telling a story of evolution. Truly, these are photo-worthy sights you’ll be delighted to stop and taking in.
The Cave of the Indian, or Cueva del Indio, will be an adventurous stop along your visit. Transport yourself to ancient indigenous history when you venture into this cave,traveling by motor boat down the cave’s underground river. Old and young alike will enjoy this relaxing ride through relics and shadows left from the aboriginals who took shelter there. Named for the bones and remains discovered there, this underground piece of history is a must-see.
The Restaurant de Ranchón San Vicente will be a delightful and relaxing end to this breathtaking village safari. You’ll be blown away by the surrounding woods and mountains as you dine on delicious food and partake in a delectable drink.
Nature lovers will find this dining experience a treat, a perfect way to unwind before the trip back.
You will leave this day trip with a deeper appreciation and understanding of some of Cuba’s richest tobacco history and some of its most beautiful examples of nature in the country.
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