Photo Diary: Day Tour of Pinar del Rio Region

There are many day trips to choose from Havana, but we wanted to see the tobacco plantations Cuba is so famous for. That was our draw towards the Pinar del Rio region where most are found. Added to that, the ViƱales Valley with its unique round mountains and caves, has been declared a National Monument and Cultural scenery protected by UNESCO, a photographer’s paradise.

Here are the highlights of our tour, one I would highly recommend and which can be easily booked through the tourist office or one of the hotel receptions in Havana.

Photo Diary: Day Trip Pinar del Rio region, Cuba

Our guide explaining the Pinar del Rio region where we were spending the day.

Photo Diary: Day Trip Pinar del Rio region, Cuba

Tobacco drying on a tobacco plantation in Los Barrigonas.

Photo Diary: Day Trip Pinar del Rio region, Cuba

From the comfort of a modern air-conditioned bus looking out in the town of Vinales.

Photo Diary: Day Trip Pinar del Rio region, Cuba

Getting a lesson in rum making. It is still manually bottled at this factory in Vinales, team on a break here.

Photo Diary: Day Trip Pinar del Rio region, Cuba

Surprised there are coffee beans at the bottom of the rum drums.

Photo Diary: Day Trip Pinar del Rio region, Cuba

Rum sampling in the shop and it’s not even noon – both white and dark!

Enchanting Havana

Beautiful panoramic view of Los Jazmines in Vinales.

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We could easily be locals here too!

Photo Diary: Day Trip Pinar del Rio region, Cuba

Beginning our explore of Cueva del Indio (Indian’s Cave).

Photo Diary: Pinar Del Rio Day Tour

The natural beauty of the caves can only be enjoyed on this amazing boatride on the river passing through the caves.

Photo Diary: Day Trip Pinar del Rio region, Cuba

The famous Prehistoric Mural, a masterpiece with 120 meters painted on the side of a mountain.