Pinar del Rio Cuba Travel Agency, Because of its near-perfect natural beauty,
this province in the westernmost part of the country is also known as
"the Garden of Cuba." It is 10 931,5 square km (4221 square miles) in
size, has a population of around 718,000 and is famous for growing the
best tobacco in the world. It was named Nueva Filipinas in 1774, but that
name didn't stick. Ever since 1778, it has been Pinar del Río.
Pinar del Rio Cuba Travel Agency, Ever since the 19th century, residents of Havana have been drawn by the
natural beauty of the Vueltabajo region, and they have flocked to Portales
Cave; to San Diego de los Baños, to receive the benefits of its mineral-medicinal
and thermal water; and to the Valley of Viñales, to gaze at its natural
UNESCO has declared the Valley of Viñales to be a part
of world culture, and it is also a national monument. It is surrounded
by pin-cushion hills which contain many caves and underground rivers.
The Los Jazmines and La Ermita Hotels, the Palenque de los Cimarrones
(Runaway Slave Settlement), the Mural of Prehistory, Indio (Indian's)
Cave, the Los Acuáticos Community, San Diego de los Baños and the town
of Viñales are nearby.
Valley of Viñales: Unquestionably, this is one of the
parts of Cuba that is best known internationally. In the late 1900s, UNESCO
declared it to be a part of world cultural heritage.
The valley is also a national monument. Its beauty and
size, 132 square km (51 square miles) make it the most outstanding example
of karst valleys in Cuba. This fertile area is surrounded by hills with
vertical sides and rounded tops, called mogotes (pin-cushion hills). With
140 to 400 m (between 460 and 1312 feet) high, they are the only hills
of this kind in Cuba. They contain many caves, some of them created by
underground rivers (which are navigable in part), which form one of the
most extensive cave systems in Latin America.
Two of the four areas in the Cuban archipelago which
UNESCO has declared to be world preserves of the biosphere are nearby:
the Rosario Mountains, which contain enchanting Soroa and Las Terrazas,
and the Guanahacabibes Peninsula. The flora and fauna in both places are
of a great variety, with many endemic species.
Quiet, comfortable hotels have been built in some of
the most beautiful spots in Pinar del Río, to facilitate your enjoyment
of Nature. Levisa Cay has a delightful, sunny beach, and the province
also offer excellent opportunities for scuba diving, hunting and fishing.
When visiting the capital of Pinar del Río Province,
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; Guarch
Palace, Milanés Theater and the Rumayor Cabaret. The local culture is
quite an attraction.
Pinar del Río is just 174 km (108 miles) from Havana,
and the two cities are linked by a good highway. The city of Pinar del
Río was founded in 1774. 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 Pinar del Rio Cuba Travel Agency.