Tourist Activities and Outdoor Sports - A Sightseeing Tour around the Viñales Valley

Wall Mural in Vinales CubaViñales Valley is located in the Organs Mountain Range and covers 11,000 hectares of land, featuring many of Cuba's most popular tourist attractions. Visitors come to the valley looking for unspoilt terrain, it's very popular with nature lovers and bird watchers, while hiking, ecotourism, horseback riding tours, active travel, caving, wildlife observation, rock climbing, bike tours and other outdoor sports are also well catered for.

Swimming in Cuban beaches - Trip to the Cays from Viñales

Visitors to Viñales sometimes ignore the beaches but for lovers of the sun and sea lovers, the natural beauty of the Cuban Cayos should not be missed. White sandy beaches, tiny islands and warm waters make the coast perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling in crystal clear waters.

cayo levisa coral reef diveCayo Levisa boasts a 2.5 km long beach with white sand and turquoise waters. It is the most distant and restricted Cayo, a 45 minute road journey to the nearest pier and then another 40 minutes by ferry (departs at 9 am and returns at 5pm). Along with a fantastic unspoilt beach, Cayo Levisa also offers accommodation and first-class amenities inclusing a scuba diving center which offers rentalst. Cayo Levisa is ideal for suba diving and snorkelling in the nearby coral reefs which are home to large starfish colonies, which make it one of the most unique dive spots in the Caribbean.

cayo jutias viñales cubaCayo Jutías is the most accessible beach from Viñales and one of the finest cayos in Cuba, a 5 km long stretch of sand with amazing sea and marine scenery, though it lacks accommodation. The beach is 58 km from Viñales and can be accessed via car, bus or motorcycle. If you're looking for a quiet spot for snorkelling or diving among pristine coral reefs, teeming of marine life, or you're simply looking for a peaceful spot with clear and calm waters, this Cuban beach offers a tropical paradise with turquoise waters. And while you're at Cayo Jutias be sure to enjoyt a delicious and refreshing Coco Loco and a stroll down the beach called Las Estrellas. 

Nature and Rural Tourism

Rancho San Vicente is located on the road from Viñales to Puerto Esperanza and is famous for its mineral baths. This rural paradise is close to the San Vicente River, which hypothermal waters are well known for their medicinal mineral properties. There are other bathing spots, also with medicinal waters and high ecological value can be visited both at La Guira National Park and the San Diego Baths. A trekking path that stands out among the mountain routes, hiking and walking routes is the trail to Mil Cumbres, a protected area situated in the Pan Guajaibon, the highest point in western Cuba. 

Palenque Cimarrones Viñales CubaViñales is the perfect destination to rent a bike and explore the rural surroundings and all the main sightseeing and tourist attractions are located within cycling or walking distance. The tobacco plantation fields make a seductive backdrop to be enjoyed and crossed by a series of picturesque bike routes, although caution should be paid due to state of some roads. Most of the main attractions of Viñales are easily accessible via bike routes including the historic Wall Mural at a distance of 3km, which contains a painting on a 120 meter high hummock in vivid colors, the Cimarrones Palenque which details the slaves and Afro-Cuban religion or the Cueva del Indio cave.

vinales cuba accommodationMost private homes in Viñales offer bike rental of some description and if you want to upgrade a number also have scooters available, mostly located on the main avenue. Several hotels and private rental homes organize excursions and tours of the region, while a lot of the local accommadation offers breathtaking panoramic views where you can admire the sunsets from your own terrace soak up what is often described as the 'spectacular sky in flames'.

Viñales Rural Countryside Unique Cuban Landscape

Viñales is a picturesque town with a strong musical tradition and a very special charm. Private Bed & Breakfasts in Viñales offer the most affordable lodging option with varying levels of comfort and price rates available. The town makes a perfect base to admire a truly Cuban environment in a tropical paradise that offers plenty of eco-tourist style excursions and tourist activities. Along with Soroa and Las Terrazas eco-resort, the Viñales Valley is one of the most attractive landscapes in Cuba, located in the Pinar del Rio region just 200 km from Havana.

Tobacco farming fields VinalesThis increasingly popular destination in Cuba is rich in natural beauty and has been declared a World Heritage site by Unesco, making it the perfect destination for a 3 day visit. The Viñales Valley has become the most popular tourist destination in the west of Cuba, noted for its breathtaking natural landscapes, impressive mountain ranges, hisotorically important tobacco plantations, marvelous wildlife and a number of spectacular caverns, caves and underground rivers ranked among the most beautiful in Latin America. If flora is your thing, there are no less than 17 endemic plant species which are not found anywhere else in the world.

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