Casa La Gran Familia
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Travel Blogs from Vinales
... can enjoy the lovely natural fauna and flora.Miramar, looks like Vietnam north of Hanoi where I have been with perfumed pagoda and boats on the waterways only without the water.Pina Colada overlooking the valley then lunch of lobster can you believe it?. A little tough but a great filling lunch. We also see Vinales tobacco plantations,Cigars 6 CUC a box and Havana Club Rum 3 CUC a bottle. After lunch we travel along the valley ...
... and bumpy ground surface) in which traditional methods of agriculture (notably tobacco-growing) have survived unchanged for several centuries.
Vinales had been virtually destroyed during by Hurricane Gustav in 2008 but with the help of Venezuela it was rebuilt and maybe that's why it didn't seem to fit with the other parts of Cuba we had seen. There were many more travelers and tourists here, and there seemed to be a plentiful mix of restaurants and accommodation- it ...
Getting to Vinales
Unfortunately there was no direct transport offered from Santa Clara to Vinales, but we had to travel to Havana first and then continue the trip. Taking a bicycle taxi from our casa particulares in Santa Clara to the bus station we were soon offered prices for taxi rides to Havana. One guy offered us a ride in his taxi for 12 CUC per person. As this was 6 CUC cheaper per person and probably much faster than taking the bus we agreed. So squeezed into the ...
... around the nearby outskirts of town. We take in a local tobacco farm, chatting to a local farmer out the front who explains how it’s the ‘best tobacco in the world’. We follow the red soiled path around toward the towering limestone outcrops and through some of the tobacco farmland. Farmers blaze through the path, dirty shirts open and flailing in the wind, atop horses, with cowboy hats and cigars in their mouths. It’s disgustingly iconic.
... and the ideal mix to produce high quality tobacco for the famous Cuban cigars. Before checking in at our casa's we decided to take a small tour of the area in our bus. First we stopped at an amazing viewpoint just outside of town. It provides the perfect vantage point for admiring the unusual landscape of mongotes, which are hollow rock formations that dot the landscape. The soft limestone eventually caved in due to an underground river system, leaving these large ...
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