Top 5 things to do in Pinar del Rio

Vinales Valley, photo by jerrroen/Flickr

Pinar del Rio Province is situated in the western corner of Cuba. It is the westernmost province of the country. Pinar del Rio is characterized by spectacular natural beauty. It includes the main mountain range of the country, the Cordillera de Guaniguanico. The well-known UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Vinales Valley can be also found in this province. National parks and biosphere reserves can also be found in Pinar del Rio. As you can see, there are numerous natural attractions here. This province is worth visiting for every tourist. If you would like to have a great holiday, choose Pinar del Rio and you will surely be satisfied. Read on and find out which are the top 5 things to do in Pinar del Rio.

Hike in the Vinales Valley

The wonderful karstic depression is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Park, occupying a surface of about 130 km². It is very popular among tourists. The natural beauty of the area, the endemic animals and plants attract dozens of visitors every year. Rock climbing and hiking are very popular among visitors. There are also tobacco plantations here and other crops are also cultivated in the valley. Several wonderful caves can be also found in the surrounding hills. The Vinales Valley is a natural jewel of Cuba and a remarkable tourist attraction.

Vinales Valley, photo by jerrroen/Flickr

 

Admire the Gran Caverna de Santo Tomás

It is the country’s largest cave system developed on eight levels. There is a length of more than 45 km of galleries here. Unfortunately, only 1 km of the total length is accessible for visitors. The wonderful cave system attracts dozens of tourists each year. You will have the opportunity to admire wonderful stalactites and stalagmites during the 90-minute tour. There are also spectacular rock formations and underground pools in the wonderful caves. The Gran Caverno de Santo Tomás is surely a remarkable highlight of Pinar del Rio Province.

Make a tour at Alejandro Robaina Tobacco Plantation

There are numerous tobacco plantations in Cuba. The Pinar del Rio Province is also well-known for its plantations. For those who haven’t seen such agricultural areas, a tour on a tobacco plantation can be very interesting. Alejandro Robina Tobacco Plantation is situated in the southwestern part of the town of Pinar del Rio. There are guided tours available every day generally from 10:00 to 17:00. The season of tobacco-growing is between October and February, so try to visit the plantation during these months.

Ride a horse at Rancho La Guabina

The fantastic horse-breeding farm is very popular among visitors. There are numerous activities which can be practiced on the ranch. You can ride a horse, watch a cockfight, have a delicious barbecue or go boating, because there is also a beautiful lake on the farm. There are spectacular horse shows organized here. Mini rodeo shows are also organized on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Visit the Francisco Donatien Cigar Factory

Would you like to find out how cigar is produced? Then visit the Francisco Donatien Cigar Factory in the town of Pinar del Rio. You will have the opportunity to watch the workers rolling the cigars from about 1 m. It is surely an unforgettable experience. Of course, there are guided tours through the factory. After the tour you can purchase cigars at the factory’s shop. It is important to mention that visitors are not allowed to make photos inside the factory.

Rolling cigars, photo by hoyasmeg/Flickr

 

 

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