Over the Years Viñales turned into a touristic hotspot and that din’t happen without a reason. The Viñales Valley is a beautiful part of Cuba and the unique landscape and tobacco field attract millions of tourists every year.
It is one of the must see places in Cuba and offers a lot of attractions for out door fans and climbers. But also for the ordinary tourist.
If you are not so much into hiking, horseback riding or climbing, a short visit is enough.
In Viñales you have the opportunity to visit tobacco farmers and to learn about the whole process of making a cigar.
Visit the Cueva del Indio and take a boat ride on the small river inside. (5CUC entrance)
I recommend to do the ride around the valley by bus, or by taxi (usually around 6CUC per person) to cover the main sights. Then do a guided tour around the valley.
You can ask the BnB owner or book one at the tourist information in the city centre.
There are different tours in the valley by horse, bike or walking.
The botanical garden is also worth a visit. Founded by two sisters the garden is still a family business and the staff is happy to explain the plants and fruits to you. They also give out samples of fruits grown in the garden.
There is no entrance fee, but donations are welcome.
Because the Valley of Viñales is protected, there are no machines working. Every farmer works with bulls and by Hand.
You can also visit some organic farms and have organic fruits, drinks and meals. One of them is the “Finca Integral Raul Reyes Posada” in the Valley, near the Cueva de la Vaca.
If you stay longer in Viñales you should consider a day trip to one of the Cayos Jutía or Levisa.