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  • Pinar del Rio

    Pinar del Rio | Province: Pinar del Rio

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    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.

  • Tourist Pole in Pinar del Rio. Cuba
  • Vinales Valley

    Vinales Valley    Lat:22.61130    Lon:-83.69950   See Google Map

    Western Cuba, a favorite destination for visitors interested in nature tourism, has the Viñales Valley, whose origin dates back to more than 300 million years ago, as an attraction par excellence to enjoy that tourist modality. According to 

  • Soroa

    Soroa    Lat:22.79590    Lon:-83.01220   See Google Map

    Soroa is a beautiful site some 70 km (43 miles) west of Havana. It has a rich flora, with many species of trees, shrubs, wild orchids and ferns. Its fauna includes one of the smallest frogs in the world, and around 70 kinds of birds have been reported, many of which are endemic.

  • Las Terrazas

    Las Terrazas    Lat:22.84390    Lon:-82.94430   See Google Map

    Las Terrazas: This ecotourism center is situated in an area of around 5,000 hectares, in which a project of sustainable rural economy is being developed, based on the rational use of its natural resources for tourism. The buildings in the Las Terrazas Community have been designed to blend with their surroundings. 

  • Maria la Gorda

    Maria la Gorda    Lat:21.81926    Lon:-84.49857   See Google Map

    Located in the western Guanacabibes Peninsula, is considered a Reserve of the Biosphere. Private and serene, Maria La Gorda is famous for its transparent marine landscapes, considered by many among the one with the biggest biological diversity in Cuba, and from where it is possible to find multiple species of corals, the biggest colony of black coral in the Cuban seas. The International Diving Center…

  • Cayo Jutias

    Cayo Jutias    Lat:23.31669    Lon:-80.65194   See Google Map

    Cayo Jutías, where you can practice different types of sports. To the south you have the María La Gorda International Diving Center, located in the Guanahacabibes National Park.

  • Mil Cumbres

    Mil Cumbres    Lat:22.75000    Lon:-83.40000   See Google Map

    The highest mountain in western Cuba—Pan de Guajaibón, 2300 feet (701 meters) above sea level—and the oldest rocks in the country are in the Mil Cumbres area in Pinar del Río Province. You’ll enjoy exploring this area, going bird-watching and swimming in rivers and medicinal springs.

  • Comunidad El Moncada

    Comunidad El Moncada    Lat:22.54778    Lon:-83.83833   See Google Map

  • Aguas Claras

    Aguas Claras    Lat:22.86667    Lon:-82.15000   See Google Map

    In the vicinity of Vinales Valley and just 90 miles from Havana, in a harmonic natural environment, ideal for those loving ecological trekking, visiting archaeological sites and climbing mountain.

  • Hotel Mirador (S.D. Banos)

    Hotel Mirador (S.D. Banos)    Lat:22.64660    Lon:-83.37020   See Google Map

    The hotel is located in a tranquil and reassuring ambiance surrounded by vast and varied wildlife and close to the mineral-medicinal water health resort of San Diego de los Baños.

  • La Guabina

    La Guabina    Lat:22.43361    Lon:-83.80028   See Google Map

    La Guabina is a farm located at about 10 km from Pinar del Río City. It is enclosed in a calm atmosphere of mountains, valleys and a lagoon. It is the perfect place to combine a relaxing stay with the excitement of activities that requires physical exercise, like long walks, horseback riding , strolls by horse-drawn carriage or rowing boat at the lagoon.

  • Cayo Levisa (Palma Rubia)

    Cayo Levisa (Palma Rubia)    Lat:22.88211    Lon:-83.52722   See Google Map

     Three kilometers of excellent beaches and 23 diving sites turn Cayo Levisa into an excellent destination for diving enthusiasts, who can enjoy crystal-clear waters and one of the world's largest coral reefs.

  • La Coloma

    La Coloma    Lat:22.24170    Lon:-83.57610   See Google Map

      Located in the Municipio of San Luis is one of the fifteen municipios in the province of Pinar del Río, Cuba.

  • Guanahacabibes

    Guanahacabibes    Lat:21.90600    Lon:-84.70040   See Google Map

    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

  • Sierra del Rosario

    Sierra del Rosario    Lat:22.86480    Lon:-82.95540   See Google Map

    This Reserve of the Biosphere was the first one to be declared in the country (1985) and at the eastern limit of the Guanibanico mountain range, in the Province of Pinar del Río. 

  • Marinas in Cuba
  • Cabo San Antonio Marina

    Cabo San Antonio Marina    Lat:21.89694    Lon:-84.94988   See Google Map

    In the northwestern tip of the Guanacabibes peninsula, only 7 Km. away from the Roncali lighthouse, surrounded by the jungle and the ocean, you can find Marina Cabo de San Antonio, in an area known as Los Morros de Piedra. There are ecologic hiking trails, a wide variety of indigenous flora and fauna,…

  • Maria la Gorda Marina

    Maria la Gorda Marina    Lat:    Lon:   See Google Map

    Customs, Captaincy and Harbor and Immigration Services (temporal visas for sale), groceries, fuel and fresh water, as well as laundry services. This facility has 3 ships, 3 yachts 41 feet long with two Volvo Penta engines each and a capacity for 28, 12 and 30 divers. For all diving services three yachts…

  • Cayo Jutia Marina

    Cayo Jutia Marina    Lat:22.70205    Lon:-84.05093   See Google Map

    Located on Los Colorados Archipelago, in Santa Lucía, Minas de Matahambre. 62 km from Vinales town, in the north of Pinar del Rio, tourist regions offering the greatest possibilities for sea lovers. Its sea bottoms are extraordinary due to ils coral barriers with a great biodiversity, turning…

  • Beaches next to Pinar del Rio
  • Cayo Jutias Cayo Jutias

    Lat:22.70205   Lon:-84.05093 

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    Cross a short causeway to reach this 'undiscovered' beach, 65 km north of Viñales. Untouched…

  • Interesting Place next to Pinar del Rio
  • Pinar del Rio City Pinar del Rio City

    Lat:22.42583   Lon:-83.68883 

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    Just like any other rural cities in Cuba, it preserves a peaceful spirit reflected in its…

    Jose Jacinto Milanes, Theater Jose Jacinto Milanes, Theater

    Lat:22.41490   Lon:-83.69400 

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    Built in 1883, this is one of the most beautiful theaters in the country.

    Guayabita del Pinar Rum Factory Casa Garay Guayabita del Pinar Rum Factory Casa Garay

    Lat:22.41185   Lon:-83.69602 

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    Today this building houses the factory of a very popular local beverage the Guayabita del Pinar which…

    San Diego de los Banos San Diego de los Banos

    Lat:22.64660   Lon:-83.37020 

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    According to the leyend the slave Taita Domingo, abandoned by his owner for suffering leprosy, going…

  • Museums next to Pinar del Rio
  • Museum of Natural Sciences  Tranquilino Sandalio Museum of Natural Sciences Tranquilino Sandalio

    Lat:22.41380   Lon:-83.69060 

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    It attempts to present a summary of the evolution of the species from the birth of life until the origin…

    Vinales  Museum Adela Azcuy Vinales Museum Adela Azcuy

    Lat:22.61490   Lon:-83.71070 

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  • Theater next to Pinar del Rio
  • Jose Jacinto Milanes, Theater Jose Jacinto Milanes, Theater

    Lat:22.41490   Lon:-83.69400 

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    Built in 1883, this is one of the most beautiful theaters in the country.

  • Areas of Natural Interest next to Pinar del Rio
  • Vinales  National Park Vinales National Park

    Lat:22.61870   Lon:-83.72480 

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    Viñales National Park is around 118 miles (190 kilometers) west of the city of Havana. UNESCO…

    Area Protegisa Mil Cumbres Area Protegisa Mil Cumbres

    Lat:22.75000   Lon:-83.40000 

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    Located in the "Mil Cumbres" Protected Area of Managed Resources in the municipality of La…

    San Felipe Key San Felipe Key

    Lat:21.99331   Lon:-83.63405 

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    It is classified as a National Park, the cays are found in the western most part of Cuba, washed by…

  • Landscapes next to Pinar del Rio
  • Mural de la Prehistoria Mural de la Prehistoria

    Lat:22.61900   Lon:-83.74270 

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    Being intrinsic part of the attractive valley and its mogotes of unsurpassable natural beauty, it is…

  • Caves next to Pinar del Rio
  • Cueva del Indio Cueva del Indio

    Lat:22.66930   Lon:-83.70690 

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    Cueva del Indio (Cave of the Indian), crossed by the San Juan River (navigable), and the cave of Juan…

    Los Portales Cave Los Portales Cave

    Lat:22.66890   Lon:-83.47800 

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    Commander Ernesto Che Guevara established his operations centre here, during the October Crisis or Caribbean…

  • Architecture next to Pinar del Rio
  • Palacio de Guasch Palacio de Guasch

    Lat:22.41400   Lon:-83.69060 

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    See for yourself why some call this the strangest building in Cuba. The mansion was built by a local…

  • Churches and Convents next to Pinar del Rio
  • San Rosendo Cathedral San Rosendo Cathedral

    Lat:22.41360   Lon:-83.69700 

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  • Horseback Riding in Pinar del Rio
  • La Guabina: Toward the caves and mountain La Guabina: Toward the caves and mountain

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    Horseriding to las Pizarras del Sur. Visit to Moncada Small Village. Short Stop at the Speleologist…

    Horseback Mil Cumbres Horseback Mil Cumbres

    Lat:22.75000   Lon:-83.40000 

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    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 La Guabina: Horseback Riding toward the Pre -history

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    Departure from La Guabina and then climbing into Pizarras del Sur until Zona del Alto del Negro Mountains.  A…

    Horseback Riding in Guabina Farm Horseback Riding in Guabina Farm

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    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 Guabina Farm: Horseback riding to Pizarras del Sur

    Lat:22.43361   Lon:-83.80028 

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    Horseriding to las Pizarras del Sur.  Leave from La Guabina to visit Las Ñañaras…

    Horseback  between river and trees Horseback between river and trees

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    Trekking to las Pizarras del Sur.  Departure from La Guabina farmstead to walk to the road…

    Cabalgata Pinar del Rio Sierra del Rosario Cabalgata Pinar del Rio Sierra del Rosario

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    Guided excursions on horseback through the mountains of the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve, starting…

  • Nature Trails in Pinar del Rio
  • Sabanalamar Trail Sabanalamar Trail

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    This footpath is through a white sand forest, typical of the western of Pinar del Río. A…

    Camino al Caimito Trail Camino al Caimito Trail

    Lat:22.75000   Lon:-83.40000 

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    1ST DAY Arrive to Mil Cumbres House Visit to a farmer community Trip around the path that take you to…

    Regreso al Jurasico Trail Regreso al Jurasico Trail

    Lat:22.75000   Lon:-83.40000 

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    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 Mas alla de las de las Espinas

    Lat:22.75000   Lon:-83.40000 

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    It s the only one path that exist in the south hillside like a Cuabal (matorral xeromorfo) form and…

    Mirador de Guama Trail Mirador de Guama Trail

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    Leaving from La Guabina in the direction of the suspension bridge is observed attractive values of the…

    Mas alla de las Espinas Trail Mas alla de las Espinas Trail

    Lat:22.75000   Lon:-83.40000 

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    It s the only one path that exist in the south hillside like a Cuabal (matorral xeromorfo) form and…

    Santo Tomas Cave Trail Santo Tomas Cave Trail

    Lat:22.54800   Lon:-83.84280 

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    Length of duration of the outing: 1 hour and 45 minutes. The journey starts in the Escuela Nacional…

    La Serafina Trail La Serafina Trail

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    This route has a 6.000 meters length. Partly it goes along the Western slope of the Valle del Río…

    Cueva de Santo Tomas Cueva de Santo Tomas

    Lat:22.54800   Lon:-83.84300 

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  • MTB Track in Pinar del Rio
  • Birdwatching Trails in Pinar del Rio
  • Birdwatching Paradise Birdwatching Paradise

    Lat:22.75000   Lon:-83.40000 

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    Bird Paradise: This is considered to be the site par excellence for bird watching with more than 50…

  • Car rental offices next to Pinar del Rio
  • Hotel Pinar del Rio Car rental officeHotel Pinar del Rio Car rental office

    Calle Marti y Final. Pinar del Rio
    048778278 1km 363m

    Hotel Pinar del Rio Car rental officeHotel Pinar del Rio Car rental office

    Marti y Final, Autopista. Pinar del Rio
    048771454 1km 367m

    Hotel Pinar del Rio II Car rental officeHotel Pinar del Rio II Car rental office

    Calle Marti y Final. Pinar del Rio
    048778015 1km 367m

    Hotel Vuelta Abajo Car rental officeHotel Vuelta Abajo Car rental office

    Calle Marti y Final. Pinar del Rio
    048759381 1km 454m

    Vinales 1 Car rental officeVinales 1 Car rental office

    Vinales
    048796060 20km 630m

  • Restaurants next to Pinar del Rio
  • Rumayor Restaurants Rumayor Restaurants

    Carretera a Vinales, Km 1. Pinar del Rio, Cuba
    (5348) 63051/63007 916m

    Casa Don Tomas Restaurants Casa Don Tomas Restaurants

    Salvador Cisneros No. 140. Pinar del Rio, Cuba
    (5348) 796300 21km 251m

    Mural de la Prehistoria Restaurants Mural de la Prehistoria Restaurants

    Km 4, Carretera a Pons, Valle de Dos Hermanas. Pinar del Rio, Cuba
    (5348) 796260 22km 181m

    Bom Apetite Restaurants Bom Apetite Restaurants

    calle 11 Nro. 7210 entre 72 y 74, Playa. Havana City. Cuba
    2033634 27km 136m

    Cueva del Indio Restaurants Cueva del Indio Restaurants

    Km 38, Carretera a Puerto Esperanza. Pinar del Rio, Cuba
    (5348) 796280 27km 136m

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  • 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"[4] 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.