After we were eventually picked up at the hotel, we boarded the bus carrying 35 other excursion-goers. From there, we drove through the city and out into the countryside for a couple of hours. As we mentioned before, there aren't many cars in Cuba in general, considering the population, and that was very apparent as we drove along the highway to the Viñales Valley, coming across few cars along the way.
This excursion took us to the Pinar del Río province; you can check out the map below to see exactly where we went during our week in Cuba.
Our next stop was for lunch, but not before driving down nauseating twisty roads into the valley. The restaurant where we ate was great, and was an open air chalet, right next to the famous Mural de la Prehistoria. It's a 120 m long painting along a cliff face, and apparently took 18 people 4 years to complete (although we figure they must have been working part-time). Regardless, it's huge and fairly interesting; it's supposed to symbolize the theory of evolution.
This cave was an ancient indigenous dwelling, rediscovered in 1920, and is found inside a limestone karst. Walking through the cave was cool (literally) and we had to squeeze through some tight spots along the path.
Then we made our way to a tobacco farm to get a close up look at one of the main exports of the Pinar del Río region. During our time there we saw how they dry the plant and also received a demonstration on how they make the cigars. The farm itself was beautiful and the views were amazing.
Here's a quick video from the lookout point:
In case you missed them, here are links to our previous blog posts about this trip:
5 Days in Havana (Part I)
5 Days in Havana (Part II)
And here are the rest of the posts from our trip:
5 Days in Havana (Part III)
And here are a few more pictures from our trip to the Viñales Valley: