Pinar del Río, the westernmost of the Cuban provinces, is tobacco-smelling earth, paradigmatic of the landscape images of Viñales.
Home to peasants and hospitable people, deeply rooted to their roots. Its vegas give away the best tobacco in the world and from there it is exported for the manufacture of habanos that bear recognized quality marks. It is such a culture and tobacco tradition in Pinar del Rio that you can now take a tour of the Tobacco Route and know the whole process that takes, from its cultivation until it becomes a cigar. After exploring the Tobacco Route in Pinar del Rio you will see why it is a Pinar del Rio who currently holds the Guinness record for the world’s longest cigar.
Then Viñales visits, declared Cultural Landscape of the Humanity, in the year 1999 by UNESCO and you feel the immediacy of its karst mogotes, almost unique in the world. The goodness with which the nature endowed the Valley, are ideal for practicing nature tourism; Its rich vernacular tradition and its culture are shown today by its inhabitants, leaving from the last century an indelible mark on every visitor.
In the culture and art of the island, Pinar del Rio has a special place. It is an inexhaustible source of renowned composers such as Pedro Junco Jr., author of “Nosotros”, versioned by more than 400 different artists, including Plácido Domingo and Luis Miguel; Has a dance music tradition like few that is sent in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries with the arrival of groups of slaves from the African continent and continues thanks to events such as the Yuka Drum Festival. Pinar del Rio has spaces dedicated to practically any artistic event: theaters, projects and events such as the Entre Mogotes Festival, the International Book Fair and the National Singing Competition Lecuona In Memoriam.
The modest, neoclassical and eclectic city, has iconic buildings such as the Guasch Palace (eclectic) and the Milanese Theater (late neoclassical), the Provincial Museum of History and the Hotel Vueltabajo, among others that also form part of the tangible heritage of the province.
Traveling to Pinar del Río is to live unforgettable emotions, is to visit the garden of Cuba.
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