Viñales is a compelling combination of traditional Cuban culture and picturesque agricultural landscapes.
The Valle de Viñales, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is nestled beneath distinctive round limestone hills. Within the lush valley are vibrant rust-colored tobacco fields that produce the world’s most renowned cigars.
The Valle de Viñales has been protected by constitution since 1976. It was declared a national monument in 1978, and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Its karst limestone topography, traditional agriculture, domestic architecture, music, and crafts qualify the area for UNESCO protection.
There is much to see and do in Viñales, from museums to botanical gardens. Museo Paleontologico, Viñales Municipal Museum, and Casa de Caridad Botanical Gardens are particular sites of interest within the city. In the Valle de Viñales, there are a handful of caves to explore: Cueva de Jose Miguel, Cueva del Indio, and Cueva de Santo Tomas.