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The Viñales Valley

It is worth arriving here, this valley really impress a lot when you see it. 30 minutes early a heavy storm was hitting the valley!

The Viñales valley is encircled by mountains and its landscape is interspersed with dramatic rocky outcrops, known as “Mogotes”, these hills you can see in the background, like green clouds on earth with a rounded silhouette.

Traditional techniques are still in use for agricultural production, particularly of tobacco. The quality of this cultural landscape is enhanced by a rich vernacular tradition in its architecture of its farms and villages, where a rich multi-ethnic society survives, its crafts, and its music, illustrating the cultural development of the islands of the Caribbean, and of Cuba.

All these characteristics were considered to convert this Valley of Viñales a world heritage place by the UNESCO, in 1999.

This area, in the west of the Island of Cuba, is almost always hit by the hurricanes, as the last well known Rita, Katrina and Wilma.

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Additional Photos by Jaume Pages Pinyol (jpages) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 51 N: 457] (1670)
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