Old-fashioned farming methods are still used in Viñales, notably
to grow tobacco. The local population is an ethnic mix and as you
walk through the countryside, you'll see oxen, wooden hand carts,
and tiny scattered dwellings among the palm trees and patchwork
fields and trees. For those who have visited Mount Roraima and seen
other tepuis in Venezuela will be reminded of that other-worldly
scenery here in this region.
Other attractions in Viñales include the Museo Municipal, Casa
de Caridad Botanical Gardens, Museo Paleontológico, and the nearby
caves in Valle de Viñales National Park which were used as refuges
for runaway slaves. For those looking for a little nocturnal action
there is even a cave which doubles up as a nightclub!
Northwards, off the coast lie the islands of the Colorado
Archipelago, where we recommend a stay on Cayo Levisa, which has
just the one simple hotel and a private beach to go with it.