Pinar Del Rio Travel Guide

Pinar del Río is a destination of outstanding interest for those who find direct contact with nature.

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Few scenarios in Cuba exhibit such natural beauty as Pinar del Rio, the land of the best tobacco in the world. Pinar del Río is a destination of outstanding interest for those who find direct contact with nature a good reason to travel there.

Birthplace of great musicians and plastic artists, it reaches 8 884.51km ², a figure that ranks it as the fourth largest province in the country. Its main access road is the land, whereas entry by sea is through Maria la Gorda International Diving Center.

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Viazul has twice daily buses between Havana and Viñales that stop in Pinar del Rio. There is a slow overnight train from Havana on alternate days that arrives very early in the morning; the return train to Havana runs during the day.

SEE

The star attraction in Pinar del Rio province is the little city of Vinales and the surrounding valley which are located about 20 minutes from the city of Pinar del Rio by bus. Scattered all over the valley are mogotes, huge hills of limestone that have incredible shapes and which are riddled with caves and covered with vegetation. Between the mogotes are beautiful fields growing tobacco and fruit and scattered among the fields are uniquely shaped houses for drying tobacco.

While Vinales has many attractions, such as the Cave of the Indian, the best way to enjoy it is to hike or horse back ride, preferably before or after the daily tours from Havana have arrived or left.

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  • Casa Lucilo y Nirma, Pasaje Camilo Cienfuegos #52, ☎ +53 48 69 66 5. Clean safe centrally located Casa Particular. Private room with air-conditioning and private bath with unlimited hot water. Warm family, great food including vegetarian. Spanish, English, Portuguese, and Italian spoken. Local guides available. 15-20 CUC.

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  • Cayo Levisa. Two kilometers off Pinar del Rio’s northern coast, this 2.5 square-kilometer island is reached through a ferry which departs from Palma Rubia. In addition to a beautiful and completely isolated beach, the isle has first-class accommodations and facilities for scuba diving and snorkeling.
  • Moka. Part of a picturesque and welcoming rural community (the Las Terrazas tourist complex), this wonderful hotel rests on a wooded hillside overlooking a valley and small lake. The various nearby trails, as well as horseback riding and boating options, make it a destination ideal for nature lovers.
  • La Ermita. Set on a cliff overlooking the renowned Viñales Valley, the Ermita has truly breathtaking views of this premier natural location. A road connects the property to the community below, and guided tours are offered to anyone interested in a closer look at the local flora and fauna. Horseback riding is also one of the hotel’s offers.
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Few scenarios in Cuba exhibit such natural beauty as Pinar del Rio, the land of the best tobacco in the world. Pinar del Río is a destination of outstanding interest for those who find direct contact with nature a good reason to travel there.

Travel and tourism in Pinar Del Rio. How to get in, maps, activities to do, where to eat and sleep. Download the Free Pinar Del Rio Travel Guide.


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As a freelance travel photographer, Michel Piccaya has been on the road worldwide for more than 20 years, exploring the most incredible itineraries. He’s currently based in Brussels however never stays at home for a long time !

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