Vinales, Cuba

The countryside of the Vinales Valley in the Pinar Del Rio province is beautiful, definitely worth the visit. We also went to a rum factory which was quite basic in my opinion but that was more than made up by the visit to the Jazmines look out post at Vinales Valley. This broad, flat valley is punctuated by a series of limestone karst hill formations. These limestone cliffs, called mogotes, which rise up from the valley floors can be seen in the background. The valley was so lush and green that someone commented that he felt he had been transported back to the Jurassic era and I have to say I agree!

A visit to a tobacco farm where the local farmer demonstrated the art of cigar rolling, followed by lunch at a paladar (local restaurant) and the beautiful countryside were the highlight of this trip.