Vinales Valley Highlights
Vinales Valley is arguably one of Cuba’s most beautiful regions and this spectacular area has been preserved by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Vinales is also home to the tobacco plantations that produce Cuba’s world-famous cigars and unique limestone mountain outcrops that rise almost vertically out of the valley floor, known locally as ‘Mogotes’.
A rich and fertile area with tobacco and coffee plantations, beautiful rivers, natural springs and unique landscapes, Vinales offers a wonderful introduction to rural life in Cuba and provides a peaceful contrast to the hustle and bustle of Havana and other colonial cities.
There is also little or nothing in the way of highly developed tourism and the towns and villages which dot the undulating landscape appear to be in something of a charming time warp. The local country folk are devoted largely to the production of tobacco and the leaves rolled here account for the very best cigars that Cuba produces. During your journey, we can arrange visits to tobacco farms where you can witness the handicraft involved from cutting and drying the leaves to the making of the cigar.
An area of peacefulness and tranquillity with country life taking place all around, a few nights here are a must. For the more active, enjoy sunrise or sunset cycling trails, horse-riding through the valley with treks to suit all abilities, including the chance to climb a Mogote! There are also some fascinating limestone cave systems which can be explored with the Santo Tomas system being the largest in the Americas. Close by to Vinales are a number of almost deserted beautiful beach areas that can be visited for the day, where the sea is so very clear and welcoming.
Accommodation in Vinales Valley
The Casa Particular Experience
Highly recommended and extremely popular, Casas Particulares (often referred to as ‘Casas’) are fully-licensed private bed and breakfast accommodation, with many offering a more boutique hotel-style stay.
Our Most Popular Vinales Valley Experiences
We can organise before you travel to Cuba, a wide range of fantastic experiences that can be completely tailored for you.Take advantage of our friendly and knowledgeable pre-booking service and save time making arrangements during your holiday.
We can also pre-book Cuba's amazing private hidden away restaurants (paladars), which are highly recommended, extremely popular and get booked up well in advance. Talk to our team about adding experiences and restaurants to your booking.
Tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vinales Valley
A classic introduction with a few unique and exclusive extras. The tour takes in the world-famous tobacco plantations, Dos Hermanos Valley, El Palenque De Los Cimarrones, El Indio caves and much more.
The Island of Cayo Jutias
A fantastic and unique visit to the beautiful island of Cayo Jutias, regarded as one of the most picturesque beaches in Cuba. Remote, peaceful and a place of tranquillity. Enjoy the fabulous beaches, and snorkelling.
Scenic Biking in Vinales
Take in the beautiful Vinales scenery and learn about the local area by bicycle. Includes adult bicycle hire, safety helmet and a local guide to accompany you. All abilities can be catered for.
Cuba’s World-Famous Tobacco Tour
A specialist tour for those with a keen interest in cigars or wish to see behind the scenes on how one of the world’s most luxury products is produced. Visit either Hector Luis Prieto or the legendary plantation of Roberto Robaino.
Horse Riding Half Day Trek
What better way is there to view the spectacular scenery of Vinales. Both beginners and experienced riders will enjoy this wonderful day out.
Hiking in Vinales
A full day of hiking in Vinales with a local guide, packed lunch and return transfers from your accommodation. Suitable for beginners through to experienced hikers.
Tour to the Santo Tomas Caves and the Great Cavern
Visit Cuba’s largest limestone cave system and the second-largest on the American continent. A fascinating journey into a subterranean world with over 46 km of cave systems on eight levels, with a 1 km section accessible to tourists.
Scuba Diving at the Famous Maria La Gorda Dive Base
Day Tour or Overnight. Maria La Gorda is regarded as the best dive site in Cuba and one of the best in the Caribbean. The area enjoys crystal clear warm waters, with an abundant marine life and beautiful coral gardens.