Cuba Destinations: Pinar del Rio

Approximately 160 km from Havana, Pinar del Río is Cuba’s most western province. Among its major attractions are El Valle de Viñales (Viñales Valley), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Vueltabajo tobacco growing region, which produces some of the world’s best tobacco.

Pinar del Río is Cuba’s only province with two Biosphere Reserves: the Sierra del Rosario (a portion) and the Guanahacabibes Península. Additionally, Viñales Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Covering 132 square km in the Sierra de los Órganos, Viñales Valley is famous for its mogotes - impressive vegetation-covered hills which rise vertically and are rounded on top.

Other nearby attractions include the Cueva del Indio (Indian’s Cave), explored via the San Juan River, and the Juan Miguel cave. Meanwhile the Santo Tomás cave, with more than 45 kilometers of galleries, is one of the largest, mapped cave systems in the hemisphere; guided tours are available.

One of the most intriguing routes goes from the Sierra del Infierno, where remote community practices water worship, believing it has curative properties, to the Valley of Dos Hermanos, featuring the Mural of Prehistory, an enormous painting on the side of a mogote.

The Península de Guanahacabibes is on the southwest point of the province. There are two natural reserves in this off-the-beaten track area and two International Diving Centers; María la Gorda with more than 30 dive sites, with a large black coral colony, and one in Cabo de San Antonio. Another dive and beach destination is Cayo Levisa.

Cabo de San Antonio’s Roncalli lighthouse and the medicinal waters at San Diego de los Baños are other attractions in Pinar del Río.

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