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Vinales, Cuba, June 19, 2017

Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:15 pm

We hired our B&B hosts to drive us out to Vinales, about an hour and a half west of Havana. First stop was the Mural Prehistorica, pined in the early 1960's.
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Then a small but varied botanical garden.
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There are B&B's (sideways H symbol) in the countryside also.
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Billboard denouncing the economic embargo:
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Vinales is known for its caves. The first one, Cuevas de Indio, is quite touristy. We entered via these stairs.
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After a short paved walkway, we get in the boat.
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The boat ride is scenic but our pics were blurry. We soon emerged.
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Palenque is a wide cave opening used as a bar/restaurant sometimes with live music.
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Early afternoon in the rain Palenque was very quiet.

Ceuvas Santo Tomas is more of an adventure. There's a steep climb to the entrance in the rainforest.
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View from cave entrance:
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Santo Tomas has many interesting sights.
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We were fairly lucky during a frequently rainy day that we were not outside in too much of it. Cuevas de Indio was our first stop but it had a power failure then. By the time we visited the mural and the botanical garden the power had been restored.

Re: Vinales, Cuba, June 19, 2017

Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:22 am

Cool

Re: Vinales, Cuba, June 19, 2017

Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:52 am

Gotta say that Cuba isn't on my must-visit-soon list, especially after half of my workplace has already been there and given me their reviews -- but these are some great pix.

Re: Vinales, Cuba, June 19, 2017

Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:33 pm

jamesdeluxe wrote: half of my workplace has already been there and given me their reviews

And what were those reviews? Were they on the package tours we read about for $5,000+ per week land cost? Where did they go?

Re: Vinales, Cuba, June 19, 2017

Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:19 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:Were they on the package tours

None were on package tours. IIRC, most stayed in and around Havana in Airbnbs.

Re: Vinales, Cuba, June 19, 2017

Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:35 am

jamesdeluxe wrote:None were on package tours. IIRC, most stayed in and around Havana in Airbnbs.

Good, I guess the word is out.
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