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  • Nature Trails: Santo Tomas Cave Trail

    Santo Tomas Cave Trail

    • Destination: Pinar del Rio
    • Open: Daily
    • Address: Vinales Valley. Pinar del Rio
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  • Description

    Length of duration of the outing: 1 hour and 45 minutes. The journey starts in the Escuela Nacional de Espeleología, located in the Sierra del Quemado Southern hillside, where commences the "Santo Tomás" cavern system, 45 km long in underground galleries. The excursionists go through a forest track 300 meters long, where birds thrive, as well as the visitor can watch endemic mollusks and reptiles all the way until the arrival to the mouth of the cavern. In the inside, the excursionists can watch scientific reproductions with motives of antique local art painted on the rocks and of an aboriginal burial

    Proceeding through the galleries, the excursionists reach a natural balcony from where they can admire the view of Santo Tomas Valley. Afterward, another gallery allows access to different halls, decorated by a wide range of secondary formations until the one named El Hoyo de los Givaritos. Then the excursionists go into the La Cueva de la Lechuza (The Owl's Cave), where they can admire enigmatic secondary formations resembling capricious animals like reptiles, birds, felines, etc., returning by the same way to the point of origin.

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  • Car Rental offices next to Santo Tomas Cave Trail Nature Trails
  • Car Rental office Vinales 1

    Vinales
    048796060 16km 300m

    Car Rental office Hotel Vuelta Abajo

    Calle Marti y Final. Pinar del Rio
    048759381 20km 854m

    Car Rental office Hotel Pinar del Rio

    Calle Marti y Final. Pinar del Rio
    048778278 21km 967m

    Car Rental office Hotel Pinar del Rio

    Marti y Final, Autopista. Pinar del Rio
    048771454 21km 982m

    Car Rental office Hotel Pinar del Rio II

    Calle Marti y Final. Pinar del Rio
    048778015 21km 982m

  • Restaurants next to Santo Tomas Cave Trail Nature Trails
  • Mural de la Prehistoria

    Km 4, Carretera a Pons, Valle de Dos Hermanas. Pinar del Rio, Cuba
    (5348) 796260 12km 959m

    Casa Don Tomas

    Salvador Cisneros No. 140. Pinar del Rio, Cuba
    (5348) 796300 15km 645m

    Bom Apetite

    calle 11 Nro. 7210 entre 72 y 74, Playa. Havana City. Cuba
    2033634 19km 404m

    Cueva del Indio

    Km 38, Carretera a Puerto Esperanza. Pinar del Rio, Cuba
    (5348) 796280 19km 404m

    Rumayor

    Carretera a Vinales, Km 1. Pinar del Rio, Cuba
    (5348) 63051/63007 20km 136m

  • Santo Tomas Cave Trail is located in Pinar del Rio
  • Because of the richness, variety and excellent preservation of its flora and fauna, Pinar del Río is called "the garden of Cuba." UNESCO has declared the Guanahacabibes Peninsula and the Rosario Mountain Range biosphere reserves, and the Viñales Valley a world cultural heritage. The land in which the world's best tobacco is grown also offers you wonderful opportunities for scuba diving, hunting, fishing or simply relaxing and tanning at the beach.,

    Since the 19th century, Havana residents have been drawn by the natural beauty of Vueltabajo, and they have flocked to Los Portales Cave, to San Diego de los Baños, to receive the benefits of its mineral-medicinal and thermal waters; and to the Viñales Valley, to gaze at its natural beauty.,

    Pinar del Río is just 174 km (108 miles) from Havana. A good highway links the two cities. The architecture in its historic center is eclectic, and its low houses in gentle colors, whose porches seem to form an endless gallery, have great charm. On the outskirts of the city, modern buildings break its horizontal lines. ,

    When visiting Pinar del Río's provincial capital, be sure to tour the Guayabita del Pinar Distillery, where the drink of the same name is still made by hand, following an age-old recipe; the Guash Palace, the Milanés Theater and the Rumayor Cabaret.,

    Quiet, comfortable hotels have been built in some of the most beautiful spots in Pinar del Río, to facilitate your enjoyment of Nature. Cayo Levisa has a delightful, sunny beach, and the province also offer excellent opportunities for scuba diving, hunting and fishing.

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    • birdsofafeather1
      anbergamini
      Review about Santo Tomas Cave Trail Nature Trails
      Awfull Average

      “Nice but too short ”
      Nice trip in the cave but not too much to see and they cannot value this nice naturalistic value. In some parts it was also a bit dangerous due to its slipperiness (it rained the day before).

    • birdsofafeather1
      Weizbauer
      Review about Santo Tomas Cave Trail Nature Trails
      Awfull Average

      “Sport activity but worth it ”
      One has to be sportive to do this trip. First we went up a hill to even reach the beginning of the cave and within the cave there were some rather hiking paths than walking. I would recommend to take an extra torch with you because the ones on the helmets are not that bright. Sometimes I felt a little... More 

    • birdsofafeather1
      GAT2786034
      Review about Santo Tomas Cave Trail Nature Trails
      Awfull Average

      “Vinales valley ”
      We took a day trip to the valley, stopping off at a cigar factory on the way. The rocks next to the Indian cave are painted to show the history of the country. The mural is not that old and I believe that it was commissioned by Fidel Castro. The vista to the cave was ok. We only walked in... More 

    • birdsofafeather1
      beachluvver
      Review about Santo Tomas Cave Trail Nature Trails
      Awfull Very good

      “Biggest cave system in Cuba ”
      You climb 120 feet up to the entrance (not difficult) and visit two levels of the cave partly via a steep ladder. If you are okay with heights then this will give you the best experience of cuban caves. The others are tame by comparison. You are provided with helmets with a headlight, which proved to be a good thing... More 

    • birdsofafeather1
      Zuzana B
      Review about Santo Tomas Cave Trail Nature Trails
      Awfull Very good

      “Short, interesting but not so special ”
      There are 2 possibilities - short and long tour (8/10CUC). You have to have a headlamp to go in there. There are very nice formations there and some can even make sounds when you knock on it. There is one plant able to grow in a complete dark. It is worth seeing, but our caves in Slovakia are bigger and... More 

    • birdsofafeather1
      AidaPus
      Review about Santo Tomas Cave Trail Nature Trails
      Awfull Very good

      “Feeling of accomplishment added value to me ”
      I am not sure, but I think some people confuses this cave with Cueva del Indo (the latter with a boat ride and paved ground to walk on). Cueva Santo Thomas, the level open for "ordinary tourists" like me, have a steep stair climb to its entrance. If I had used a towel when I reached the entrance, it would... More 

    • birdsofafeather1
      Helgale
      Review about Santo Tomas Cave Trail Nature Trails
      Awfull Excellent

      “Caves in Vinales. ”
      Great cave to visit with your bicycle. Nice hills to pump up to. Well worth a visit. Nothing negative. Wear good shoes and a sweater.

    • birdsofafeather1
      Lenka M
      Review about Santo Tomas Cave Trail Nature Trails
      Awfull Excellent

      “best caves in Vinales ”
      The best caves in vinales, probably in Cuba. If you stay in Vinales it worths the visit. We also loved the access path to the cave... :)

    • birdsofafeather1
      Joost N
      Review about Santo Tomas Cave Trail Nature Trails
      Awfull Excellent

      “Adventurous ”
      Be warned, this cave is not for young children! And bring good shoes with you. A really adventurous cave with only at a few places stairs, no fences to protect. You get a helm with light with you, it is nice. We think it's the best place to visit in the valley.

    • birdsofafeather1
      neledesloover
      Review about Santo Tomas Cave Trail Nature Trails
      Awfull Excellent

      “Vale la pena ”
      We all enjoyed the visit to the cuevas de St Tomas. You really have the feeling you are discovering something that has never been seen before. Jesus was the perfect guide - he showed us exceptional formations, played some organ music and chose the right track for the group I was traveling with (Joker, Belgium). I would recommend a visit!