Viñales

Viñales

A major destination is the Viñales Valley, a karstic depression located in the Sierra de los Organos, north of the town of Viñales. Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999 because of its natural beauty and the traditional agricultural techniques which continue to use in the cultivation of tobacco and other crops there, the valley is a popular hiking and rock climbing location.

Many of the valley`s surrounding hills are dotted with caves which may be explored by visitors and spelunking has become another popular activity in the province (a particularly interesting cave is the Cueva de los Portales, beside the Río Caiguanabo, where Ernesto “Che” Guevara set up his staff headquarters and dormitory as commander of the Western Army during the Cuban Missile Crisis).