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Pinar del Rio

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Pinar del Rio is a city in the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio.

Understand

Guerrillero, [1] is the local periodical.

Get in

Viazul [2] 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.

Get around

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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Sleep

  • Casa Lucilo y Nirma, Pasaje Camilo Cienfuegos #52, +53 48 69 66 5, [3]. 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, Protuguese, and Italian spoken. Local guides available. 15-20 CUC.

Hotels

  • Cayo Levisa [4]. 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 [5]. 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 [6]. 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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