The Viñales Valley is Cuba's prime ‘tobacco country' – but to highlight this aspect is to do a disservice to an area of such natural beauty that it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this full day excursion, you'll discover its mogote landscapes, enjoy a boat trip in the famous Indian Cave and visit a cigar factory.
After pick-up, you'll head west to Pinar del Rio province. The Viñales Valley is right in the heart of this rural backwater where sombrero-clad farmers are frequent sight. Think palm trees and tobacco plantations set against ‘mogotes' – limestone hills that rise steeply from the valley floor. One, the Mogote Pita, is decorated with a huge mural depicting prehistoric scenes.
There'll be a visit to the Indian Cave, where you'll enjoy a boat ride along its underground river, which emerges through a crevice into a jungle. After lunch, you'll enjoy a panoramic view of Pinar del Rio city before dropping into a tobacco factory to see how a real Cuban cigar is rolled.