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Viñales

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  • Day11

    Erster Tag in vinales

    August 30, 2018 in Cuba ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Heute hatten wir vor ein bisschen hiken zu gehen. Nach dem Aufwachen machten wir uns aber erst auf den Weg etwas zu frühstücken zu finden. Sind dann nach ein paar hundert Metern in einen Stadteile gekommen wo es von Restaurants nur so wimmelte. Alles mögliche und meist zu echt zu sehr günstigen bis hin zu angemessenen Preisen war alles dabei. Wir setzten uns in einem der Restaurants nieder und bestellten uns drei Sandwiches zum Frühstück. Einmal Schinken Käse, einmal mit Omlett drauf und für Laura gab es eins mit Käse. Laura kränkelte die letzten Tage schon ein wenig, doch heute war es am schlimmsten so das wir entschieden noch beim Supermarkt vorbei zu schauen und dann zurück zur Casa zu gehen das sie sich ausruhen kann. Außerdem zogen sowieso wieder Regenwolken auf. Daheim fielen ihr ganz schnell die Augen zu und ich machte mir einen Film an. Danach quatschten wir noch etwas und spielten Karten, bevor wir uns auf den Weg zum Abendessen machten. Heute hatten wir Lust auf Fleisch und sahen morgens schon ein Angebot für nur 3 CUC welches wir uns näher anschauen wollten. Also bestellten wir uns in besagtem Restaurant zwei Mal Pollo asado was ein Hühnchen Schenkel war mit kubanischem Reis und Gemüse. Es hat sehr gut geschmeckt gehabt und danach schauten wir noch kurz beim WiFi für Laura vorbei. Daheim packten wir erst unsere Sachen denn morgen mussten wir ja umziehen, bevor wir den Film fertig schauten bei welchem Laura in Trinidad die Augen nicht mehr aufhalten konnten.Read more

  • Day3

    Auf Pferden ins Vinales-Tal

    August 17, 2018 in Cuba ⋅ 🌧 30 °C

    Endlich ausgeschlafen gab es heute morgen leckeres Frühstück aus Crêpes und dem selben Obst wie gestern, das hier wohl gerade Saison hat. Um 9h wurden wir von einem Kutscher abgeholt, der uns zu den Pferden gebracht hat. Als wir dann auch unsere Badesachen zusammengesucht hatten, hat jeder sein Pferd bekommen. Los ging's ins Vinales-Tal, was aber für mich als Reitamateur ganz schön spannend war, so allein mit einem trabenden Pferd! Nach einer guten Stunde sind wir zu einer Tabakfarm gekommen, wo uns ein netter Kubaner auf Spanisch die Fabrikation von Zigarren erklärt hat, was wir erstaunlich gut verstanden. Jetzt durften wir diese probieren und in das Dach des Hauses, in dem die Tabakpflanzen getrocknet werden, klettern. Nach einer Erfischung mit Musik ging es weiter zu einem See, wo uns die Herstellung von kubanischem Rum erklärt wurde und wir diesen zusammen mit Limettensaft und Honig probiert haben, was wie Hustensaft geschmeckt hat! Nach einem Bad im See sind wir wieder zurückgeritten, wobei es mein Pferd gegen meinen Willen besonders eilig hatte, sodass ich dann doch froh war wieder abzusteigen. Wieder am Haus haben wir erstmal im gekühlten Zimmer entspannt und sind jetzt nochmal los in den Ort, wobei wir noch immer verzweifelt nach einem Sonnenschirm suchen. Morgen geht's dann mal wieder mit dem Taxi zu einem Aussichtspunkt und mit einem Boot zum Baden in eine Höhle!Read more

  • Day16

    Vinales Casa

    June 10, 2018 in Cuba ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    After visiting the cigar farm, we go back into Vinales and drop off our bag's at our homestay. I stayed at the Villa Kenia.

    Shortly after we have a short walk to get a Salsa class. A great laugh, educational and I've never sweated so much.

  • Day16

    Dance show

    June 10, 2018 in Cuba ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    So after the meal tonight we visited an open air dance show, and the salsa looked a lot more intruquite than what we had been taught, but the basic steps were the same.

    On the walk to the homestay after, we got a great lightening show over the mountains.

  • Day101

    Viñales, Cuba

    January 26, 2017 in Cuba ⋅ ☀️ 35 °C

    Bicycles, Caves, Mogotes and Tobacco.

    Our western most stop in Cuba! Coming from our eastern most stop meant for some brutal travel, but I'm sure there's worse to come.

    Viñales is small. There's one main drag, one convenience store and one million tourists. It's out of the way, well off the main highway, and almost camouflaged into the surrounding landscape. From the roof of our casa, lush green tobacco fields extend gently over rolling hills to the vertical rock face of numeorus mogotes - rocky mounds.

    Rising to another casa breakfast, we opted for bicycles as our transport mode (third brutal day on the bum in a row!) and after a little hiccup over the quality of our bikes, we were off. The valley of Viñales is extraordinarily picturesque. Dirt trails cut through tobacco farms and clusters of palm trees, backdropped with the rocky faces of the towering mogotes. Farmers tend their crop, and señoritas their casas. Pigs, horses, goats and dogs stare blankly at passer bys and smell of burning wood sifts intermittently through the valley.

    Before stop number one, we asked a local man (in a very blue pair of overalls) the way to La Cuerva des Piscinas. Half way onto his bike already, he pointed the way, then led the way, mentioning something about his famillia. Little did we know he was to be our tour guide for the day and we would have to understand spanish or get lost trying.

    Our bikes took us first to a cave you could swim in. Unsurprisingly, it was cold and dark but wonderfully refreshing from the day's heat. Stop two was his famillas cafe in the valley for lunch. Stop three was his friends bar for a drink (of water to his disgust) at a very overhyped lake. Stop four, on our request, was off the beaten track, up a 'big' hill and 'very far' away. 20mins later we were there with little exertion. I'm guessing the lack of spending opportunities was the driver in his attempts of dissuasion. Our spanish improved steadily over the day, and between us (read: Cat) we had a vague idea of where we were going and what we were looking at. By the end of the journey we were more than happy to tip the man for his day's work. Hopefully it buys dinner for their family and not his beers on the way home.

    We dined out every night in Viñales and spent most meals exploring the menu in search of some delicious local food. Our favourite dish would have to be Ropa Vieja which is usually a lamb and tomato based curry but varies from restaurant to restaurant. Aside from the usual pizza and pasta, food here is repetitive and rather bland. Hopefully Havana steps it up!

    On our second day in Viñales we went ziplining over the forest which was exhilarating and incredibly efficient. That might sound and odd description but it accurately sums it up! We had a very brief tour of a tobacco farm which ended in us hiding from the police - probably because they were illegally selling cigars. Nonetheless it was a bit of excitement! The afternoon was spent swimming in the pool and relaxing at a hotel overlooking the valley - with a long walk at either end.

    We're yet to figure out the Cuban economy. There are two currencies; CUC and CUP. One CUC = about 1 USD. One CUC = about 25 CUP. Basically, CUC is for tourists and CUP is for locals. From several different conversations, a local earns the equivalent of around 20 CUC (welder) to 70 CUC (heart surgeon) per month. Say on average about 1.50 CUC per day. But, a tourist pays 10CUC per person per night for accommodation, 2 CUC for a beer and around 6 or 7 CUC per person per hour in a long distance taxi. Now I'm assuming at least half of that ends up with the government but nonetheless, why would anyone not be in the tourism industry???
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  • Day121

    Valle de vinales

    January 12 in Cuba ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Off to Vinales! After saying good bye to Mone 😢 i made my way in an Oldtimer to Vinales!
    This little pretty town is surrounded by green valleys. In the evening the mainroad was closed and all restaurants placed their tables outside, every where little bars and of course music music music and dancing people! I watched this for 2 hours but from distance to not be asked the whole time to dance with crazy guys! 😎Read more

  • Day127

    Bye Vinales off to Havana one last time

    January 18 in Cuba ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Before I headed back to Havana some side story’s from Viñales:
    - in Cuba it’s not easy to buy something to snack, so you can imagine how happy I was about mentos and cookies 💯
    - soft ice cream, so delicious and only 5ct because I bought it by a local and paid in local currency
    - pina colada your style, to make it your way you get the whole bottle of ron to mix it
    - Dance and music happens everywhere in Cuba, even in front of a church with an old Ghettoblaster
    - you can learn salsa 💃🏽 everywhere, just stop at buildings/ rooms where you hear loud music - maybe people are inside teaching you for small money
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  • Day4

    Vinales

    May 22, 2018 in Cuba ⋅ 🌧 23 °C

    Stop 2 on the Cuba Rhythms tour....Vinales in the West of Cuba. 3 or 4 hrs on the bus with a stop in Las Terrazas, which is a protected UNESCO site. As communities live isolated in this site, they are self sufficient in every aspect of life but have now opened a hotel/specialist coffee cafe to bring tourism in to support them. Weirdly it was a bit like a rustic centre parcs!! But cute. A random stop. The bus journeys literally rock the entire group to sleep within 5min (Maj catches flies within seconds!) so it goes quick!
    We hit vinales which was so lush and green, it has a #thelandbeforetime because it looks so stunning like the dinosaur film. 😂
    Heading into the small town we stop at a cigar 'factory'....literally a couple of farmers who grow the leaves, carry out the process & roll'em. Sell them to the state & get to keep 10% (ish) to themselves to sell. I think we could have learnt more & had a hands on go but it was still good to learn, I reckon the farmer definately had more in his roll than just tobacco! 😋. Bought a couple to try later...
    The weather is dodge but then it's the start of the rainy season so the planned beach day we're all a bit sceptical....yep it rained. The first 5min the island was stunning, then dull with mass mosi bites but we're not leaving til 5!! Oh well, better Cuba than an office!
    Getting off the bus we got allocated to a local lady who runs a Casa, they share the tours around all those who run Casa's to keep it fair. (See pic). It's Cute. The lady doesn't speak any English so we do everything with animated actions! Get there in the end. She greets us with a fresh mango smoothie. So cute. So far all the Cuban people have been super friendly and helpful with no hidden agendas.
    We head out for group dinner with an epic view then pay 1 CUC (pence) to watch some local salsa/singers near the town square. It's rustic but fun. They always have a good vibe going on.💃
    Tomorrow.....Trinidad, that takes an epic bus journey in the day to get there 😭
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Viñales, Vinales, VNL, Виньялес

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