Day two of my Cuban Adventures tour of Cuba took me to the village of Viñales in the valley of the same name.
Our tour started in Havana, then stopped for 2 days in Viñales, before heading on to Trinidad via Cienfuegos. If you have more time to explore Cuba, then why not get off the beaten path and head to Baracoa in the east of the island.
Viñales has a special micro-climate due to the mogotes – limestone formations or pin cushion hills. This gives the valley moist nights, cool mornings and coupled with the fertile red soil, makes it perfect for growing premium tobacco.
I love the colours of the houses – all painted up brightly and with those classic cars parked outside.
A tobacco drying house – when they pick the tobacco it gets laid out in here to dry before being graded and either made into cigars or given to the government for their factories.
Old style house – with high ceiling up to the pitched roof and beams separating the rooms. The farmer talked us through his family tree and all the people in the photos.
Close up of the cigar with its ‘pigtail’ end – traditionally the way they do it in the country.
One final tree trunk bridge to cross
The legendary Legendario rum – I liked the aged version and the girls we were travelling with loved the sweeter one neat over ice – the perfect digestif!
Inti was in charge of rum pouring!! The Piña Coladas were creamy with fresh coconut and pineapple – simply sublime!