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'''Pinar del Rio''' is a province in Western [[Cuba]].
 
'''Pinar del Rio''' is a province in Western [[Cuba]].
  
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* [[Pinar del Rio]]
 
* [[Pinar del Rio]]
  
* [[Maria_la_Gorda|Maria la Gorda]]
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* Viñales—see [[Parque_Nacional_de_Viñales|Parque Nacional de Viñales]] (Viñales National Park)
 
 
* [[Viñales]]
 
  
 
==Other destinations==
 
==Other destinations==
  
 
===Parks===
 
===Parks===
[[Image:VinalesValley.jpg|thumb|200px|Viñales National Park]]
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[[Parque_Nacional_de_Viñales|Parque Nacional de Viñales]] (Viñales National Park). A national park with mountains and caves. Perhaps Cuba's national park with the best-developed tourist facilities.
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[[Parque Nacional La Güira]] (La Güira National Park) A national park with mountains and caves, but not many tourist facilities.
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[[Image:Orchid.jpg|thumb|200px|An orchid in the Orquideario Soroa]]
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[[Image:SoroaView.JPG|thumb|200px|Soroa valley, from above the Orquideario]]
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[[Image:SoroaFruitStand.JPG|thumb|200px|Roadside fruit seller, Soroa]]
  
* [[Parque_Nacional_de_Viñales|Parque Nacional de Viñales]] (Viñales National Park). A national park with mountains and caves. Perhaps Cuba's national park with the best-developed tourist facilities.
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[[Image:SoroaHike.JPG|thumb|200px|Mirador de Venus trail, Soroa]]
  
* [[Parque Nacional La Güira]] (La Güira National Park) Another national park with mountains and caves, but without many tourist facilities.
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[[Image:CascadasElSalto.JPG|thumb|200px|Cascadas El Salto waterfall, Soroa]]
  
* [[Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra del Rosario]] This is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Sierra del Rosario mountains. The principal sites are Soroa and Las Terazzas.
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[[Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra del Rosario]] This is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, covering 25,000 hectares (61,775 acres) of the Sierra del Rosario mountains. The village of Soroa, 87 kilometers west of Havana, is in the Biosphere Reserve. The most famous attraction here is the Orquideario Soroa, which is the world's second-biggest orchid garden, with 700 species. You can also hike up the road behind the Orquideario to a ruined mansion and a view of the valley. Another attraction is the Mirador de Venus, a mountaintop viewpoint. The hike took about two hours at an easy pace. Afterwards you can swim below the Cascadas El Salto waterfall. The restaurant is excellent. There's also a six-hour hike to the ruins of the Cafetal Independencia coffee plantation. Soroa has a tourist hotel and many <i>casas particulares</i> along the road.
  
 
===San Diego de Los Baños===
 
===San Diego de Los Baños===
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===Cayo Jutías===
 
===Cayo Jutías===
This is one of the few beaches on Cuba's northwest coast. There's nothing wrong with the beach, but it isn't as nice as the beaches on Cuba's south coast. There's a restaurant but no hotel. The restaurant doesn't serve jutía (giant tree rat), so be sure to amuse your Cuban friends, especially the ones under twelve, by trying to order a fried jutía and then feigning indignation and saying that you're going to write to Raúl to complain that you went to Cayo Jutías, paid your 5 CUC at the gate, and didn't get your jutía.
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This is one of the few beaches on Cuba's northwest coast. There's nothing wrong with the beach, but IMHO it wasn't as nice as the beaches on the south coast. There's a restaurant but no hotel. I found a beautiful conch shell in the water. One more point: you can amuse your Cuban friends, especially those under twelve, if you go to the restaurant and order a jutía (giant tree rat). The restaurant doesn't serve jutía. For the rest of your trip you can feign indignation and say that you're going to write to Raúl to complain that you went to Cayo Jutías, paid your 5 CUC at the gate, and didn't get your jutía.
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
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==Get out==
 
==Get out==
  
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