Photographer's Note

Viñales Valley is a karstic depression in Cuba. The valley has an area of 132 km2 and is located in the Sierra de los Órganos mountains (part of Guaniguanico range), just north of Viñales in the Pinar del Río Province.Tobacco and other crops are cultivated on the bottom of the valley, mostly by traditional agriculture techniques. Many caves dot the surrounding hill faces (Cueva del Indio, Cueva de José Miguel).rnrnThe conspicuous cliffs rising like islands from the bottom of the valley are called mogotes.rnrnViñales is a major tourist destination offering mainly hiking and rock climbing. rnIt is UNESCO World Heritage Site. rnrnThe interesting places are scattered around and I was not sure if I manage to see them. But it was very easy. There is a tourist bus which makes a loop around including these places in one and a half hour. Four just % CUC (=5 euro) you can get in and out the whole day. In this way I make a walk some kilometers and visited two caves, the mural, the ranch and the view point near Jazmine Hotel, which provides the best view of the whole valley. It is beautiful valley, with the splendid lush vegetation and of course I also could see the tobacco fields and the people working on them.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9233 W: 140 N: 23252] (115571)
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