What can I say, by now it’s probably a bit obvious that I’m a sucker for farm towns. I’ve just returned from spending a week in Cuba (mainly in Vinales) and after all of the research I did before the trip, I wanted to share my learnings and some of my favorite spots/stops from the trip. Throughout the week, I hope to help debunk some of the rumors and also help in the planning of your trip or inspire you to visit Cuba!
- Horseback ride through Vinales Valley! There are so many places to link up with a horseback riding guide. We were lucky enough that there was a spot right next to our Casa Particulares in which I would highly recommend. For $25 CUC, we spent hours riding horses through the valley where we took a tour of a tobacco farm, a coffee farm, a cave, and a restaurant with a look out over the entire valley. You pay for food and drinks along the way but that was to be expected.
2. Eat the local fruit! You will likely get a taste of this from your host if you stay in the Casa Particulares and have breakfast with them but we also stopped and bought a massive bowl of mangos for $1 CUC. They were delicious and the fruit is just so tasty on the island.
3. Eat at Finca Agroecologica. This is not somewhere you will see locals eating so it is quite well known by tourists but it’s truly an amazing experience. You can walk the farm and see them growing everything you will eat. It’s a beautiful farm to table experience in one of the most epic sceneries. We loved it so much, we went twice! You will get more food than you can ever finish. My favorite thing was actually a special smoothie type drink they made with peppermint, local honey, pineapple, coconut, and more.
Miguel, the grounds keeper showing us the animals and around the farm.
If you can speak and/or understand Spanish, Miguel will tell you a lot about the property.
Just looking at these photos makes me want to go back!
I would have also added climbing to this list but I know not everyone would be up for that. I will dedicate a separate post for any climbers out there :). Cuba was incredible but since it is starting to become easier for Americans to travel there, there are many things changing about travel to the country. I read so many myths before our trip that I didn’t realize until we got there but also so many solid travel tips that I’m glad I was prepared for. I will post those later this week. For now, enjoy!