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The valley, the casa and the mogotes © Agripp, Belgique
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This charming little village is nestled in the Sierra de los Organos, and was but a settlement during the Spanish colonial era. Although the village was founded in the 17th century, the mogotes, covered with vegetation were formed through erosion during the jurassic era. Cuban climbers have been joined by colleagues from around the world to tackle these weird mounts.

The
San Vicente region is spersed with caves : among others, Cueva del Indio, Cueva de San Miguel, El Palenque de los Cimarrones and world-renowned Caverna de Santo Tomás — with 50 km of tunnels, it is the largest in the country and second largest on the Continent.

Recently discovered, the stupendous caves of nearby
Sierra Guasasa where non-profit Pinar del Rio group Geda is pursuing its explorations.

The quiet commercial activity — and large cultural — activity borders
the main street, Cisneros, has a few colonial and columned edificios but the majority of dwellings are bungalows. There's a sense of environment protection here like nowhere else in the country. And, most important, little motor traffic. One of this webmaster's must-see places on the island.

The hundreds of
casas particulares here are most alike : we suggest some of the best below.

DISTANCES
Cabo San Antonio, 197
Cayo Jutias, 60
Cayo Levisa, 60
El Moncada, 17
La Habana, 188
La Palma, 25
Las Terrazas, 115
Maria la Gorda, 178
Minas de Matahambre,
Pinar del Rio, 25
Puerto Esperanza, 20
San Diego/Los Baños, 46
San Juan y Martinez, 47
Santa Lucia, 43
Soroa, 127


MAPA pinar del rio

MAPS & LINKS
Map - The town with casas
Map - Walking tours in the valley
Map - Cordillera de Guaniguanico
Map - The coast from Cayo Jutias to Cayo Levisa
Map - The province from north to south coasts
Photo slide show by Belgian climbing group Agripp
Map - Large regional
Map - Parque Nacional Viñales
Weather for Pinar del Rio
UNESCO - World Heritage File
Plants of Viñales - A pictorial guide
Mountain climbing blog - CubaClimbing
Circuits Oeste - Itins & Top Casas
Viazul bus schedule
Island-wide bus connections (horariodebuses.com/)
Naturarte — Cuban site celebrating beauty in nature
Plants of Viñales — Hundreds, with photos
Cave exploring group Geda based in Pinar del Rio
Island-wide bus connections (horariodebuses.com/cu)
All that's natural in Pinar del Rio province

All the Web particuba.net

POPULATION 27,579 (2007)

PALADARES
Finca agroecologica El Paraiso, 1,5 km from town, on Carretera El Cementerio « It's a lovely organic farm on a hill with incredible views of the 'silencio' valley. Their bio food is top-notch, and Rachel uses some Indian spices in a few dishes, too. We all (family of 3) loved it here. Friendly, warm people, interesting farm to visit, and those views! » Laurie McL59, tripad, Sept. 2014; others are also casas particulares, such as Casa Nenita, calle Salvador Cisneros 61; Maria y Rodolfo, km1, Carretera El Cementerio and many others like La Cabana, Balcon del Valle, Casa Verde, Ridel y Claribel, Fernan, Wilfredo; Villa Wendy, La Colonial, Tatio.

RESTAURANTS
Bar Las Brisas (Cisneros 96), La Casa de Don Tomás (Cisneros 140), El Palenque de los Cimarrones, La Casa del Veguero, Las Magnolias, La Terrazza of Hotel La Ermita (nice place, tempting pool), Carreta San Vicente (cabins for rent), Vera (Hotel Los Jazmines) and more, like : Patio del Decimista, Mar Magico, La Pimienta, La Cueva, Carreta de Juanry, La VI Ermita.

EVENINGS
Centro Polo Montañez and
Casa de la Cultura (both on main square)
El Palenque de los Cimarrones (cave outside of town) and three neighboring bars on main street including
El Patio del Decimista : 3 live bands playing at the same time. Did U say cacofonico ?

EXCURSIONS
Las Terrazas, departs 7h30, Rancho Curujey, arr. Soroa 11h, returns 15h

Cayo Levisa, departs 8h, returns 19h; including 30 mins. in a very slow boat (at normal speed, should take 8 mins.) By 9-psgr minibus, 25cuc including lunch, 34cuc including fins & mask, 25 more for scuba. Or drive to Palma Rubia, 60km north on the coast and take the 10am boat, 10cuc pp, return at 17h00; local private taxis will get you to the dock and come back for pick-up at 17h (the only return boat time) for 50-60cuc for the car, return. (48) 75-65-01

Maria la Gorda, 25cuc. Book through Havanatur or Cubanacan, beside the libreria (some books in English), facing Parque Marti

Cayo Jutias beach on north coast, 60 km northwest via Minas de Matahambre and scenic mountain road. Access by pedraplen, entry fee 5cuc : just a regular beach (and some more, deserted, walking west), scuba rental and bar-rest'rant; local private taxis will do it for 50-60cuc for the car, return. (48) 77-8131 or take a bus day tour for 22 cuc: departs 9 am, includes lunch and comes back at 16h00 with 5 hours beach time.

Cabo San Antonio : its wooden villas (75$ per night, double), marina, lighthouse, all in a Biosphere Reserve at the extreme very, very end of Cuba, some 200 km from here. Our page

TRANSPORT
Bus Viazul Ruta 10 La Habana (twice daily 3-hour trip); Pinar del Rio (daily, 40 mins.). Salvador Cisneros No. 63 Tel. (48) 79-3195

Bus Viazul Ruta 42 Viñales-Trinidad leaves 7h30 arrives 17h10 daily

Trains from La Habana "El Lechero" (the Milk Run #225) leaves La Habana at 22h05 every 2nd day arriving Pinar del Rio at 03h50 then hitch (if u can find) a taxi ride to here or overnight; returns (#224) leaves Pinar del Rio at 09h45 arriving Havana at 15h30.

Local private taxis (now legal with new permits) can take you to Cayo Jutias or Cayo Levisa, wait for you and return here for 50-60cuc for the car : up to you to find other pax.

Scooters for rent right by the Don Tomas restaurant (see map) on main street.

PLAYAS
Cayo Jutias (60 km), Cayo Levisa (50 km), Cabo San Antonio (197 km), Maria la Gorda (178 km)

RIVER SWIM In rio Resvaloso near Cueva de la Vaca (ask around, everyone knows, Cubans abound in summer).



Twice per day, a Viazul bus goes from Havana and back - via Pinar del Rio. Call it Ruta 10 (Roota Diez) — Click for sked on Viazul site, Fred.


Cuban scientist Humberto Rios Labrada was awarded the 2010 Goldman Environmental Prize ("the Ecology Nobel Prize") for his research on seeds © Will Parrinello

Church park in town center © sogestour
The palm and the cross © sogestour | Same park in centre, otra vista © sogestour

Valle de Viñales by Giora Szabo
Valle de Viñales © Giora Szabo | Campesinos walking a field © sogestour

Josue Millo is getting a buzz on a rock face (ruta) named « Bee Factory » © cubaclimbing.com — Click •|• Halfway between here and Cayo Levisa, the village of La Palma where Humberto (top photo) and local farmers proved that they could do without deadly pesticides © Robin Thom, Flickr
Josue Millo
is getting a buzz on a rock face (ruta) named « Wasp Factory » © cubaclimbing.com — Click ••• See this enlargement of Reiniel Sosa here |Halfway between here and Cayo Levisa, the village of La Palma © Robin Thom Photography


Three chicas with an irresistible smile : are country youngsters more luminous than city kids ? © clapat, Flickr

The exquisite valle © sogestour
One of endless
bucolic views © csongor - picasa | Mural de la Prehistoria © viaggiliberi


The Che's
Cueva de la Comandancia © sogestour | View of the valley from legendary spot Los Acuaticos © sogestour


Minas de Matahambre
(32 km northwest) welcomed immigrants from Haiti, China, Spain, the USA, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Brazil and especially Japan. There are still 1,000 Cubans of Japanese descendency on the island.Research by Nelia Maria Paez Vives and
Lic Omar Miranda Barbosa.

Vimeo Video A convincing 2-min. argument by renan ozturk
Video to convince local authorities they should give full support to mogote-climbing. A convincing 2-min. argument by renan ozturk on Vimeo here.


"An amazing family-run organic farm & restaurant on top of a hill with amazing sunset views" : Finca agroecologica is recommended by all including Beth B from Chester Springs, PA on tripad 160814

SERVICES
Internet Daily from 8h30 to 19h30 Centro Multiservicios (Calle G. Fernández No. 3 e/ S. Cisneros y R. Trejo) A professional massage ? Yesss ! Ask Onasis Romero Vargas, university teacher and neurological massage specialist. Resides at calle Rafael Trejo #145. Low rates, 15 to 60 mins. Tel. (48) 77-8370 Will go to your casa. If he's busy, call a colleague masajista : Jesus Ernesto Alfonso (cell) 015 270-6478 Banco de Credito y Comercio (Cisneros 58) Cadeca (money exchange, Cisneros 92 Tel 79-6334) Havanatur (48) 79-6161 or 79-6262 Cubanacan (48) 79-639

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Speleo pour grandes et petites grottes

Escalandero

Randonnées dans la vallée
CAVE EXPLORING
To discover the visual treasures of the caverns and caves, couloirs and passages of the Sierra Guasasa : try Pinar del Rio group GEDA, named after the great cave — 5 km long — discovered in 1998; photo galleries of Geda's excursions here. [ A reminder for fans of the lost stalagtite or recovered stalagmite : tite goes down, mite goes up ; )

CLIMBING, ESCALADA
To get a first look at local rock faces (rutas) on the mogotes, consult Campismo Dos Hermanas tel. (48) 79-3223 which can organize outings or « escalamiento de montañas ». Rutas with evocative names : Don Cojete de la Mancha, El Cubano de Regresa or our favorite : Mujer, Peligro y Placer (« Woman, Danger, Pleasure ») [Some local climbing paths (rutas) in Viñales here.

SUPPORT APPRECIATED
Local club is still not supported by authorities [even though Fidel was an outdoors kinda guy and sometimes climber in his student days near Santiago; Che had — during the 1962 missile crisis — a comandancia nearby (open for visits still), once climbed Mexico's highest peak] because they annoy farmers, whose land the would-be climbers have to tramp over to get to the rock faces. But Cubans in the know will get you there one way or the other, don't worry.
[ Help support local climbers by leaving some of your equipment in their care.
[Nice slide show from Belgian climbers group Agripp here.
[Cuba Climbing, a 204-page detailed manual in English is not available anymore on Amazon and the publisher's web site is offline. Bummer ; (

À cheval ou à pied, mémé La belle terre rouge
Un arbre et son mogote
NATURE WALKS
Walks and treks in the Valley. Some easy ones, available with guides : del Mirador al Valle (from the outlook down to the valley, 4 hours); de la Mano del Campesino (from the hands of the farmer, 4 hours); en el Corazon del Valle (in the heart of the Valley, 4 hours); visita a la Casa Campesina (visit to a country house, 1 hour); Paseo artistico de taller (local visit to three artists, 2-3 hours); all can be done also on horseback; your casa will show you where to get on the saddle.

[To join such walks, go to Museo Adela Azcuy, calle Salvador Cisneros (main street), every day open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m..

WALKS AVAILABLE FROM LOCAL HOTELS
Tradiciones Campesinas (Country Traditions) —7 km, 7 hours); Del Infierno al Paraíso (From Hell to Heaven — very hard - 8,6 km, 6-7 hours); Los Paisajes en al Valle (Scenery in the Valley — 7,6 km, 4 hours); De la Mano del Guajiro (From the countryman's hand — 4 km, 3 hours) List here.
SEE.KNOW.DO
Valley of Viñales : admire parts of its 15,000 hectares (31 km long, 2-8 km wide or 18 by 5 miles) from Los Jazmines and La Ermita hotels. Discover it on foot : three daily 3-hr excursions (Coco Solo Palmarito, Maravillas de Viñales and San Vicente/Ancon) leaving at 9h and 16h). Book through Habanatur or Cubanacan offices (facing church on Parque Marti) or in local hotels. 8cuc per person with bilingual guide Casa de la Cultura, plastic arts gallery and music shows daily; upstairs, catch a glimpse of a city council meeting Cueva del Indio, 400m boat tour of this underground grotto; other caves in Santo Tomas (El Moncada) Cueva de la Comandancia (San Miguel) where the Che was posted during Bay of Pigs attack in 1962 Fabrica de Tabacos, cigar factory, demonstrations, sales Jardin de las Hermanas Caridad, private and free botanical garden : ornemental, medicinal plants , orchids and fruit trees Los Acuaticos, trekking to casas (high up). Best to leave around 4 p.m. Entrance some 500m after junction to Mural de la Prehistoria. No sign on road. Stupendous views guaranteed Museo Municipal, local artists. Calle Salvador Cisneros 115 Mural de la Prehistoria, 4 k west : rock facade painted by Leovigildo Gonzalez Morillo Museo Paleontologico, at campismo Dos Hermanas Cabo de San Antonio : its wooden villas (75$ per night, double), marina, lighthouse, all in a Biosphere Reserve at the extreme west end of Cuba, some 200 km from here. Our page
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The valley © unklnown, flickr.com •[• The church, the village, the valley © sogestour
OUR RECOMMENDATIONS
::: Make sure that in your first email or phone call you specify that you want to book a room in that particular casa and that you will reconfirm your booking on arrival in Cuba. Unless you only want a room in any house which may be of the same quality, not the specific casa you booked through photos on these websites ::: So as to not abandon expecting owners with empty rooms, reconfirm (or call ahead to cancel) your booking by phone as soon as you can after arriving in Cuba ::: Please write or phone a casa owner to cancel a booking. As late as it may seem, it allows them a chance to rebook. ::: Children under the age of 16 may share a bedroom with adults for free. Specify the child's age when booking. ::: Since October 2010, maximum bedroom capacity is not limited to two adults ::: Also, large casas are not limited to renting only two bedrooms per night. ::: At the end of the casa name, the V signals the casa was suggested by travelers or owners but not verified by the website staff. If you try it and like it, write us about it. ::: Unless otherwise mentioned, the average room rates and service prices are : 20-25cuc per bedroom per night [up to 40+ for 4 in a room]; breakfasts 3-5cuc, dinners 7-10cuc. ::: Any casa particular anywhere in Cuba must have a hot water shower, otherwise it cannot have a permit to rent ::: Please share your Complaints, comments & suggestions webmaster [@]cubacasas.net

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BOOK BY PHONE
• from Canada and the USA : 011 53 (add phone # preceded by 48 for Viñales) • from Europe, Great Britain, Scandinavia and Mexico : 00 53 (add phone # preceded by 48 for Viñales) ••• HOW TO DIAL A CUBAN PHONE NUMBER HERE ••• CELL PHONE NUMBERS on our town lists and casa pages are preceded by 05 for calls originating Havana; from anywhere else in Cuba, dial 015 + the 7 digits of the cell.

BOOK BY EMAIL :
Click on logo to open a message addressed to that casa in your email application; or right-click to copy address. Spanish vocabulary here. Google translate here.

Click photos to get to the casa's page & description. Locate most casas on this map.
See the casas in sequence.

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LA NENA
Two aircon bedrooms, ensuites, pool
Camilo Cienfuegos 56, up town, roof terrace entre Sergio Dopico y C. Maragoto Tel. (48) 69-69-38. Cell 52 48 70 19

LA NENA © sogestour

CRISTAL
One ac independent bedroom, ensuite, pool
Calle Rafael Trejo 99, up town entre Adela Azcuy y C. Maragoto, uptown. Cellular 52 70 12 84

particuba.net •|• Viñales ::: Villa Cristal

TOMAS y YOLANDA
One aircon bedroom, ensuite bathroom
Camilo Cienfuegos 52, up town, lovely patio entre Sergio Dopico y C. Maragoto. Tel. (48) 69-69-31

CASA TOMAS Y YOLANDA © SOGESTOUR

EL CAFETAL
Two aircon bedrooms, ensuite bathrooms
Calle Adela Azcuy Norte Final s/n : sin numero, passed the estadio de beisbol, steps to walking path. Cell 53 31 17 52

VILLA EL CAFETAL © SOGESTOUR

MILEYDIS
Three aircon bedrooms, ensuites, views
Calle Adela Azcuy Norte 11, past the estadio de beisbol, down the street out in the fields. Cellular 53 36 54 02

CASA CAMPO MILEYDIS FEITO © SOGESTOUR

EL PELOTERO
One ac bedroom, 2 double beds, ensuite bath
Calle Adela Azcuy Norte 29, almost facing the estadio de beisbol and close to a walking path. Tel. (48) 79-3366



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IRURE
Two ac bedrooms, ensuites, shaded patio
Calle Rafael Trejo Este 10B al final de la calle (at the end of this dead-end street) up town, in-house patio Tél. (48) 69 69 05



DANIEL y ESTELA
One ac bedroom, 2 double beds, ensuite bath
Carretera a Pinar, KM 25 #20, entry to town, incredible view of the valley Tél. (48) 79-60-45

NENITA + PALADAR
Five aircon bedrooms, ensuites, pool
Salvador Cisneros Int. 61, like a mini-hotel, valley view behind the Policlinico. Tel. (48) 79-60-04

CASA NENITA © SOGESTOUR

LUCILO y NIRMA V
One ac bedroom, 2 double beds, ensuite bath
Pasaje Camilo Cienfuegos #52, uptown. Tel. (48) 69-6657

Lucilo y Nirma © sogestour
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NILDA
One ac bedroom, 2 double beds, ensuite bath
Calle Orlando Nodarse 39, entre Sergio Dopico y Adela Azcuy, uptown. Tel (48) 69-6891 Cell 05 331-1862



ORLANDO y JUANA V
One ac bedroom, 2 double beds, ensuite bath
Calle Adela Azcuy Norte No. 34, passed the campo de beisbol and close to a walking path. Cell 05 223-8910

www.particuba.net •|• Viñales ::: ORLANDO y YUANA

PAPO y NIULVYS V
One ac bedroom, 2 double beds, ensuite bath
Calle Rafael Trejo 18 e/Mariana Grajales y Joaquin Perez, two blocks from the Viazul bus stop. Tel. (48) 69-6714

www.cubacasas.net •|• Viñales ::: CASA PAPO y NIULVYS

ROSENDO y LILA V
One ac bedroom, 2 double beds, ensuite bath
Km 25 carretera a viñales, # 6-B, entering village, about 100m from high school (Secundaria Básica)
Tel. (48) 69-5155 cell 015 331-1720



MARILYN y ADEL V
One ac bedroom, 2 double beds, ensuite bath
Calle Primera # 4b between a and b, in reparto La Carbonera. Cell. 05 337-3972



AMARILIS LEÓN V
Aircon bedrooms (2), ensuite baths
Calle Salvador Cisneros 75 (main street, entre Adela Azcuy y Ceferino Fernández, 50 m from the Plaza principal. Tel (48) 79-6281

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CATALINA
Two aircon bedrooms, ensuites, valley view
Calle Segunda pasaje 7 número 8, reparto El Bostezo, overlooking the valley. Tel (48) 69-5571 or (48) 64-6145



EL CORAL V
Three aircon bedrooms, ensuite baths
Calle Joaquin Perez No. 25, three blocks from centro. Tel (48) 79-3217 cell (5) 292-6413



TATICA y EL CHINO V
One aircon br, ensuite bath, mountain view
Calle Adela Azcuy Norte Final #61a, passed the beisbol stadium, steps from the entrance to the valley of mogotes..Cell. (5) 245-3116 or (5) 303-0649



RIDEL y CLARIBEL V
Two independent aircon br's, ensuite baths
Calle Salvador Cisneros # 203-C, behind feria & mercado. Tel. (48) 69-5127 cell 05 823-3677 (You may book via SMS)




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Updated 11.09.2014