Address: Calle Martí and avenida Cavada
Located in the center of Pinar del Rio on Calle Marti, the Museum of Natural Sciences presents a summary of the evolution man as a species, also covering from the birth of life until the origin of humankind. It is located in the ancient Guasch Palace, amongst the most outstanding buildings in Pinar del Rio, the Palacio de Guasch was built in 1909 by a prominent doctor who wanted to incorporate some of his favorite architectural styles into his own home. Among the species on display there are artifacts of primitive fauna. Also real fossil remains of a plesiosaur, a marine animal that inhabited the waters that, millions of years ago, once covered the land which is now the famous Viñales Valley. Palacio de Guasch is a unique building and worth seeing even if natural science is not your thing, it’s a mixture of Moorish, Gothic, and baroque styles that are combined into an incredible mishmash of styles.
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Address: Calle Martí between Isabel Rubio and Colón
The Provincial Museum of Pinar del Rio history is located in a building constructed in 1879 by Agustín Antón, a physician from Valencia Spain, who used it as his home and office until 1892.
Up until 1976 the glorious building was used as headquarters by Pinar del Rio’s provincial Government at which time it opened as a museum to commemorate the history of the province. The museum features five permanent halls providing with an insight into aboriginal presence in the region, the history of Cuba’s war of independence and the extensive colonial period, right up until present day.
One of the halls is dedicated to Pinar del Rio’s illustrious artists with objects linked to the musical career of Enrique Jorrin, who created the popular musical rhythms known internationally as cha-cha-cha, as well the pictorial work of Pedro Pablo Oliva, Tiburcio Lorenzo and Domingo Ramos, the latter a prominent landscape painter of the Viñales Valley.
The Hall of Fine Arts holds a diverse exhibit of crystals, porcelain, pottery, furniture and other items.
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Literally 20 minutes by car or bus from the Viñales hotel Los Jazmines or Hotel La Ermita, The Cueva del Indio or in English, “Indian Cave” is an extensive underground cavern with 10 to 20 meter high ceilings. The initial part of the visit includes walking through richly colored Stalactites and stalagmites, conical deposits emanating from the roof and floor of the cave. The second part of the trip is truly fantastic as you board a small boat which meanders through a river within the cave until you see light at the end of the tunnel and are left near a beautiful river where your bus will be waiting. The Indian Cave is a cheap excursion from all the hotels and well worth a visit while you are staying in Viñales or Pinar del Rio Center.
At just under an hour from Pinar del Rio’s numerous hotels and Vinales, Maria La Gorda El Colony is a premier dive center located on the Guanahacabibes peninsula of Pinar del Rio. Easily a day trip but better to do an overnight stay at the Hotel Maria la Gorda, visitors can either dive or snorkel at one of over 50 diving sites that have been recognized by Scuba Diving Magazine as some of the best on the planet. The El Colony Maria La Gorda International Scuba-Diving Center at Maria La Gorda accommodates novices and certified divers alike plus, most dive sites are ideal for snorkeling also. It’s not worth visiting Maria La Gorda if your desire is only to visit the beach but, if your partner wishes to dive and you wish to relax on the beach then its perfectly educate with plenty of small bars and souvenir shops to spend time in.
Cayo Levisa is a tiny island just 3km from the coast of Pinar del Rio and, easily accessible from hotels in Pinar del Rio Center and Viñales Valley. Trips to the island are offered at all hotel reception desks, however, if you are looking to spend the night, booking the hotel in advance is just as there are only 53 rooms. If your Rent a car in Pinar del Rio, driving from any hotel in the area is almost a straight road to the coast with a 24 hour guarded parking area next to the ferry port. Just 2.5km (1.5 miles) across, the island is a singular destination with just one hotel aptly named Hotel Cayo Levisa. The ferry leaves twice daily from Palma Rubia at 10am and 6pm and takes just 30 minutes, allowing the island to be a simple day trip, leaving in the morning and returning in the evening or, overnight stays at the hotel. Its 4km long pristine white sand beach, lapped by the tranquil waters of the Gulf of Mexico, are an ideal place to play your own role in the Robinson Crusoe story. The island is also a popular diving spot with numerous dive sites available from the onsite diving center.
The Pinar del Rio Botanic Gardens offers treasures like 170 species of fruit trees, exotic plants in barely 45 hectares. The herbarium has an astounding array of 5 500 samples of some 800 species and 200 families representatives of species native to the six ecosystems of the province of Pinar del Rio.
For plant lover a photographic tour of this place is like a dream come true due to the incredible variety of plant species set in a beautiful location just on the outskirts of the city.
Located in a former prison and on this site since 1961 the Francisco Donatien Cigar Factory is an ideal daytrip to spend a couple of hours watching people busily roll some of Pinar Del Rios finest cigars. Neatly seated side by side at special wooden benches, the cigar makers carry out their work with dexterity and amazing speed, producing vast numbers of cigars of identical weight and length in the time it takes to bat an eyelid.
Similar but much smaller than the Partagás factory in Havana, you get a better and more hands-on insight here. There’s also an excellent cigar shop opposite the main building offering both locally rolled cigars and some of the major brands like Habanos Cohiba.
Viñales Valley is an official national park and by far the most visited location in Pinar del Río offering an outstanding karst landscape in which farmers still use traditional methods of agriculture and tobacco farming. The Viñales region also maintains a rich vernacular tradition in its architecture, art crafts and Cuban country music.
The numerous caves, one of which is called the Cueva del Indio ir Indian Cave are scattered on the slopes of the hills that envelope the Viñales Valley. The fertile soil and favorable climate are ideal for the ongoing rearing of livestock and the cultivation of fodder and food crops.
The valley is surrounded by mountains containing ammonite fossils. The entire plain is devoted to long-established agriculture. Recent experiments by Habanos S.A, Cuba’s primary cigar producer, have revealed that mechanical methods reduce the quality of tobacco, and this is why old methods, such as animal traction, are still being used.
Due to the emergence and extensive expansion of tobacco cultivation, the village of Viñales was founded in 1875, along the road leading from Pinar del Rio, the capital of the province, to Puerto Esperanza which is also the main outlet to the sea and close to Cayo Levisa. The Western Railroad, of which only a few remnants are surviving, was built in 1882. Viñales Valley was the scene of several military conflicts during the War of Independence and also during the Cuban Revolution. Today, the valley is devoted to agriculture; its population of some 8,000 people is engaged mainly in growing tobacco, a crop which gives the best yields for the type of soil and humid climate found in the microclimate of the Valley.
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Address: Peninsula de Guanahacabibes, Maria la Gorda, Pinar del Rio, Cuba
Hotel Maria la Gorda is around a 4 hour drive from Havana or about 2 hours from Pinar del Rio and is easily reached in your Cuban Rent A Car or excursion packages sold at any hotel in Pinar del Rio shown on this website. You can buy an excursion to Maria La Gorda which includes an overnight stay (or more nights) at literally any hotel reception in Pinar del Rio. The hotel is primarily a dive center with several daily dives over varying lengths taking place. The jetty and dive boats are literally right in front of the hotel because the hotel is actually the dive center. Many travel agencies will try to sell dive packages with the hotel stay at exorbitant rates but, you don’t need to book diving in advance as you’re literally able to wake up, head to reception and be diving within an hour, so frequent are the dives and so little notice need be given. Dive packages acquired from the hotel reception are also free of any extra costs or commissions so don’t waste your money.
The Maria La Gorda International Scuba-Diving Centre or CIB have +50 diving locations littered along the coast right in front of Hotel Maria la Gorda, these include galleons, reefs, sunken ships and caves. According to Scuba Diving Magazine, the seabed around Maria La Gorda is high on the list of the world’s best dive sites.
The name María la Gorda purportedly stems from a story of a beautiful lady dumped by pirates on the beach, she survived and chose to take advantage of the favorable location of the site, a favorite for passing pirate ships and bandits, María set up her promiscuous business… in the place that later took her name and is now called Hotel Maria La Gorda
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