Horse riding and cycling are both popular ways to explore the valley. Your guesthouse owner will be able to help arrange either and it is generally inexpensive. Many of our horse-loving clients have described riding through this rural paradise as the highlight of their holiday.
On the village high street, a few small agencies offer guided walking tours of the valley and Cuban-cigar themed tours, these include a visit to the tobacco factory in the nearby city of Pinar del Rio.
Viñales is one of the best places in Cuba for bird watching. If you are very lucky you may even spot the Cuban hummingbird; barely the size of a bumble bee, it holds the record for smallest bird in the world.
One of the most popular excursions from Viñales is a day trip to the nearby islands of Cayo Jutias and Cayo Levisa, both home to spectacular beaches. Again, local agencies or your guesthouse owner will be able to arrange these.
In contrast to major cities such as Havana, life in Viñales moves at a languid pace. You’ll spend your days sipping rum with the locals in Central Square, dining traditionally with your local host, exploring the mogotes, museums and caves, horse riding across the valley and learning to hand-roll cigars at tobacco farms.