Guanahacabibes | Province: Pinar del Rio
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It is located at the western end of the country, in the Province of Pinar del Río. This is a land of forests, with prosperous cedars and mahoganies, which was declared a Reserve of the Biosphere for having noticeable biographical and scenic values, on land and at sea. The area has an important flora and fauna, as well as high biogeographical and landscape values. Its leafy semidecidual forest on hollow limestone, with several caves, treasures archeological remains. Birds like Tocororo, and the zunzuncito (species of hummingbird) or fly bird are abundant in the area. The coral reef of the Reserve is very well preserved and the Reserve itself contains two Natural Reserves, “El Veral” and “Cabo Corrientes”; and the National Park of “Guanahacabibes”. You will have the opportunity to enjoy its attractions through the natural routes or pathways built with that purpose, as well as a perfect opportunity to dive and see submarine landscapes
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Maria la Gorda Scuba Diving Center
Located in the western Guanacabibes Peninsula, is considered a Reserve of the Biosphere. Private and…
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Horseback Riding in Pinar del Rio
La Guabina: Toward the caves and mountain
Horseriding to las Pizarras del Sur. Visit to Moncada Small Village. Short Stop at the Speleologist…Horseback Mil Cumbres
This is a prorected area presenting a high diversity of its flora and fauna, ideal for practing horse…La Guabina: Horseback Riding toward the Pre -history
Departure from La Guabina and then climbing into Pizarras del Sur until Zona del Alto del Negro Mountains. A…Horseback Riding in Guabina Farm
Welcome and to now about the area function. ô€‚ƒ To Select and to now the horse. Departure…Guabina Farm: Horseback riding to Pizarras del Sur
Horseriding to las Pizarras del Sur. Leave from La Guabina to visit Las Ñañaras…Horseback between river and trees
Trekking to las Pizarras del Sur. Departure from La Guabina farmstead to walk to the road…
Nature Trails in Pinar del Rio
This footpath is through a white sand forest, typical of the western of Pinar del Río. A…Camino al Caimito Trail
1ST DAY Arrive to Mil Cumbres House Visit to a farmer community Trip around the path that take you to…Regreso al Jurasico Trail
In La Palma, together with San Marcos river, visitors are getting in a woodland and walk for the river…Mas alla de las de las Espinas
It s the only one path that exist in the south hillside like a Cuabal (matorral xeromorfo) form and…Mirador de Guama Trail
Leaving from La Guabina in the direction of the suspension bridge is observed attractive values of the…Mas alla de las Espinas Trail
It s the only one path that exist in the south hillside like a Cuabal (matorral xeromorfo) form and…Santo Tomas Cave Trail
Length of duration of the outing: 1 hour and 45 minutes. The journey starts in the Escuela Nacional…La Serafina Trail
This route has a 6.000 meters length. Partly it goes along the Western slope of the Valle del Río…
MTB Track in Pinar del Rio
Birdwatching Trails in Pinar del Rio
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Pinar del Rio
Guanahacabibes it is located in the province of Pinar del Rio.
Pinar del Río is the province with the highest number of protected areas in Cuba, as it contains two UNESCO-DECLARED Biosphere Reservations, the Guanahacabibes Peninsula and part of the Sierra del Rosario Mountain Range; declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Viñales Valley and several natural areas are full of excellently-preserved flora and fauna. Furthermore, it is one of the best places in the world to cultivate tobacco, therefore it has an ideal landscape for fertile red crops, plowed by oxen and with houses for drying it, usually invigilated by guajiros (Cuban people living in the countryside); as would be expected, it has its own tobacco factory (open to visitors).
The most idyllic beaches of this province are found at Jutías Cay and Levisa Cay, and on Playa María la Gorda Beach, (located on the western end of the island) there are more than fifty diving spots.
An excellent time to visit Pinar del Río would be between the months of May and August, since this is when it is possible to catch sight of unique animals such as the Guanahacabibes Turtles, but from October to March, it is best for for lovers of ornithology. Although, if you wish to enjoy a few days on the beach, the best weather is to be found between December and May. If possible, try to avoid going here between August and the beginning of October, as this region is famous for its strong hurricanes at this time of year.
As regards the city, we would like to highlight its art scene and seeming overabundance of colonial buildings which includes two fascinating museums, the Sandalio de Noda Natural Sciences Museum and the History Provincial Museum. You’ll also find a wonderful and recently renovated theater, the José Jacinto Milanés Theater.
We recommend visiting the city at the beginning of July, since Carnival, with colorful parades full of floats, is celebrated at this time.
The Pinar del Río province is Cuba's westernmost province and contains one of Cuba's three main mountain ranges, the Cordillera de Guaniguanico, divided into the easterly Sierra del Rosario and the westerly Sierra de los Órganos. These form a landscape characterised by steep sided limestone hills (called mogotes) and flat, fertile valleys. One such topographic feature, the Viñales Valley, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The northern coast opens to the great Gulf of Mexico, and is lined by the Colorados Archipelago, a string of cays and isles developed on a reef barrier. The westernmost point of Cuba, Cabo San Antonio, is located on the Guanahacabibes Peninsula, which is a National Park and a Biosphere Reserve.The province relies on tobacco farming, with Pinar del Río producing 70% of Cuba's crop, use to make the cigars that are so prized overseas. The best tobacco, used for more expensive cigar brands, is grown in the flat lands of San Juan y Martínez.
Tourism is also an important part of the province's economy. Though the town of Pinar del Río (the provincial capital) has some places of cultural and historical interest (such as the Cathedral of San Rosendo, a 19th-century construction), most attractions are to be found in rural or natural settings. 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 be used 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 Che Guevara set up his staff headquarters and dormitory as commander of the Western Army during the Cuban Missile Crisis).
Accommodations in and near Viñales have also grown in number in response to growing tourism in the region. In addition to casas particulares (licensed bed and breakfasts in private residences), there a number of hotels some kilometers from the town, such as "La Ermita" and Rancho Horizontes San Vicente.
Another major tourist destination in the province was Las Terrazas, a unique model village located 20 kilometer northeast of Soroa and, from 2011, part of the new Artemisa Province. Surrounded by mountains, the village was founded in 1971 as part of rural development and reforestation project which spans 5,000 ha (12,355 acres). As in other parts of the province, there are several hiking trails which weave through the surrounding mountains. Some companies offer guided hiking tours on a daily basis (in some areas, in fact, a guide is mandatory).
With around 30 diving sites, Pinar del Río is also considered one of Cuba's premier scuba diving destinations. Cayo Levisa,about two kilometers offshore, is known for its copious black coral and excursions to this cay are afforded by tour agencies based in the province. Another hugely popular location is María la Gorda beach,which boasts many nearby dive sites (as close as 200 m (220 yd) from the beach).
An increasing number of tourists also visit the San Diego hot springs, in search of the health benefits reportedly afforded by the warm sulfur-rich waters there. An additional spectrum of health-related services has also become available at this spa, including massages and mud baths.