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PINAR DEL RIO, Cuba

Because of its near-perfect natural beauty, this province in the westernmost part of the country is also known as "the Garden of Cuba." It is 10 931,5 square km (4221 square miles) in size, has a population of around 718,000 and is famous for growing the best tobacco in the world. It was named Nueva Filipinas by mid 1770´s, but that name didn't stick. Ever since 1778, it has been "Pinar del Río" corresponding to the oldest town.
It is the only place in cuba with two Reserves of the Biosphere within provincial limits: Sierra del Rosario and the Península of Guanahacabibes.

 

Casa Albertina

Budget Accommodation
in Vedado, Havana

Hotel Nacional

Recomended Hotel
in Havana

UNESCO has declared the Valley of Viñales to be a part of world culture, and it is also a national monument. It is surrounded by pin-cushion hills which contain many caves and underground rivers. The Los Jazmines and La Ermita Hotels, the Palenque de los Cimarrones (Runaway Slave Settlement), the Mural of Prehistory, Indio (Indian's) Cave, the Los Acuáticos Community, San Diego de los Baños and the town of Viñales are nearby.
Pinar del rio is famous principaly for the Viñales Valley and for the tobacco.This Cultural Landscape of Mankind; and the fact that the lands of Vueltabajo produce the best tobacco of the world. make pinar del rio a destination that you should not miss.

Valley of Viñales: Unquestionably, this is one of the parts of Cuba that is best known internationally. In the late 1900s, UNESCO declared it to be a part of world cultural heritage.

The valley is also a national monument. Its beauty and size, 132 square km (51 square miles) make it the most outstanding example of karst valleys in Cuba. This fertile area is surrounded by hills with vertical sides and rounded tops, called mogotes (pin-cushion hills). With 140 to 400 m (between 460 and 1312 feet) high, they are the only hills of this kind in Cuba. They contain many caves, some of them created by underground rivers (which are navigable in part), which form one of the most extensive cave systems in Latin America.

Pan de Guajaibón (699 meters above sea level) is the highest mountain of all the western region of the largest of the Antilles.
This mountainous region and Sierra de los Órganos constitute the extensive Cordillera de Guaniguanico, which concentrates the most notable landscape and biological richness of the region.

Cathedral of San Rosendo, Pinar del rio Cuba
Two of the four areas in the Cuban archipelago which UNESCO has declared to be world preserves of the biosphere are nearby:

the Rosario Mountains, which contain enchanting Soroa and Las Terrazas, and the Guanahacabibes Peninsula. The flora and fauna in both places are of a great variety, with many endemic species.

Quiet, comfortable hotels have been built in some of the most beautiful spots in Pinar del Río, to facilitate your enjoyment of Nature. Levisa Cay has a delightful, sunny beach, and the province also offer excellent opportunities for scuba diving, hunting and fishing. When visiting the capital of Pinar del Río Province, be sure to tour the Guayabita del Pinar Distillery, where the drink of the same name is still made by hand, following an age-old recipe; Guarch Palace, Milanés Theater and the Rumayor Cabaret. The local culture is quite an attraction.

Pinar del Río is just 174 km (108 miles) from Havana, and the two cities are linked by a good highway. The city of Pinar del Río was founded in 1774. The architecture in its historic center is eclectic, and its low houses in gentle colors, whose porches seem to form an endless gallery, have great charm.

On the outskirts of the city, modern buildings break its horizontal lines. Ever since the 19th century, residents of Havana have been drawn by the natural beauty of the Vueltabajo region, and they have flocked to Portales Cave; to San Diego de los Baños, to receive the benefits of its mineral-medicinal and thermal water; and to the Valley of Viñales, to gaze at its natural beauty.

The best time to visit Pinar del Rio is: December through April, is also the most popular time. The weather is at its coolest and driest during these months, yet it's still far warmer than North America and Europe.
In the spring and fall, it's off-seasons and this can mean fewer hotel amenities; some hotels may be closed entirely for repairs. There are, however, benefits to traveling in the off-seasons: lack of crowds and prices that tumble by up to 25% .

Tops destinatios in Pinar del Rio, Cuba are:

Pinar del Rio City Cuba

Pinar del Rio city: Pinar del Río is just 174 km (108 miles) from Havana. A good highway links the two cities. The architecture in its historic center is eclectic, and its low houses in gentle colors, whose porches seem to form an endless gallery, have great charm. On the outskirts of the city, modern buildings break its horizontal lines. Be sure to tour the Guayabita del Pinar Distillery, where the drink of the same name is still made by hand, following an age-old recipe; the Guash Palace, the Milanés Theater and the Rumayor Cabaret. (Pinar del Rio City Pictures)
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Viñales: The town of Viñales, in the heart of the valley, is a typical agricultural settlement whose main street is flanked by galleries of columns and red-tiled houses. (Viñales Pictures)
And the attractions you should visit are:
Viñales Pinar del Rio Cuba
 
 

Soroa Pinar del Rio Cuba

Soroa: Set in the Rosario Mountains just a little over 43 miles (70 kilometers) from Havana, Soroa has a beautiful waterfall 72 feet (22 meters) high. Hiking and horseback riding are recommended. The most famous attraction here is the orchid garden, with species from all over the world. (Soroa Pictures)
And the attractions you should visit are:
The Orchid Garden (Orchid Garden Pictures)
 
 
Maria la Gorda Diving Center:
María La Gorda is located on the Guanahacabibes Peninsula, a preserve of the biosphere that is just beginning to be opened up to tourism, in the westernmost part of Pinar del Río Province. This international scuba-diving center has around 40 diving sites, which include a large colony of black coral.
Maria la Gorda in Pinar del Rio Cuba
 
 

Levisa Key in Pinar del Rio. Cuba Cayo levisa

Cayo Levisa : Three kilometers of excellent beaches and 23 diving sites turn Cayo Levisa into an excellent destination for diving enthusiasts, who can enjoy crystal-clear waters and one of the world's largest coral reefs. The stay on Cayo Levisa can be combined with tours of places of tourist interest in Pinar del Río, including the Guanahacabibes Peninsula, declared a Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Sierra del Rosario and the Viñales Valley.
 
 
San Diego de los Baños:
Situated in beautiful setting at the base of the Sierra del Rosario mountains, the San Diego de los Baños Spa is the ideal place to restore energy burnt out by stress and revitalize body vitality and beauty. Its warm waters and mineral-medicinal mud are perfect for beauty and anti-stress treatments, weight loss plan and programs for senior citizens.
San Diego de los Baños in Pinar del Rio Cuba
 
 

Las Terrazas Pinar del Rio Cuba

Las Terrazas: Tucked in the Sierra del Rosario Mountains, Las Terrazas is a marvelous place for all who love Nature and scenic beauty. Swim in the crystal-clear water of the San Juan River, explore mountain trails and learn about the customs of the farmers who live in the area—in short, treat yourself to some unique and memorable experiences. (Pictures of las Terrazas)
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