Journey to the far west of Cuba and you will find one of its most hidden treasures – the breath-taking region known as Viñales.
For those of you looking for a more rustic and personalised experience during your tour of Cuba, then a bespoke holiday in Viñales is exactly what you need. Here you will find a more relaxed approach to living, far removed from the hustle and bustle of Havana.
Founded in the late 19th century, the area is famous for the landmark Viñales Valley. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is filled with vast plains, craggy limestone outcrops (known as mogotes), hidden caves and picturesque lakes.
Top Things to Do in Viñales
While this wonderful rural area is mostly known for its stunning natural beauty, it is also home to a wealth of rich cultural traditions, world-famous tobacco farms and charming villages that can be found throughout the stunning countryside.
In these villages, you will discover a cultural melting pot of traditions and peoples with indigenous, Spanish and African heritage. You will also find bars to taste locally-made rums, restaurants with traditional dining and museums packed full of art and history.
With our bespoke holiday packages, you can experience the world-renowned Cuban hospitality for yourself. Stay in an authentic home-stay and learn from a local family how to cook a typical Cuban meal.
North of Viñales you will find one of Cuba’s most spectacular settings; the UNESCO World Heritage-Listed Valley of Viñales. With an area of 132 km², this must-see region is popular for rock climbing, hiking and bike riding. With Essencia Experiences you can delight in this wonderful and verdant landscape on horse-back or enjoy fine-dining in a quaint local restaurant at the base of a mogote.
Stroll along the white sand beaches of Cayo Jutia for a truly tranquil Cuban experience. This scenic island is a short trip away from Viñales and is also home to bars and restaurants where you can appreciate the local cuisine as you relax on the beach.
Cueva del Indio
Experience tours through this beautiful limestone cave known as the Cueva del Indio (Indian Cave). These ancient underground systems play host to cave paintings, archaeological remains from the island’s indigenous past and the San Vicente River - a subterranean river so big, you can experience it by boat.
Tobacco Farm Tours
Throughout the region, you will find fascinating tobacco plantations where you can learn all about the tobacco-growing process from friendly local experts and even learn for yourself how to roll the world-famous Cuban cigar.