This tiny agricultural village on the western end of Cuba gives visitors an unabashed look at the day-to-day life of real Cuban farmers. The best things to do in Viñales are simply walking or cycling through the beautiful countryside. Or just sipping coffee or rum with talkative locals.
Parque Nacional Viñales
This sixty square mile park is home to 25,000 people who make their livelihood from agriculture outside of town. Here you can visit avocado farms, pick fresh bananas or purchase them from roadside stands, visit coffee plantations, swim in natural pools, and explore glittering caves.
Valle del Silencio
Many visitors skip the Valley of Silence, but this is a mistake. Coming here on your own or on tour is one of the most peaceful things to do in Viñales (and all of Cuba!), it’s not to be missed. It’s a gorgeous, quiet valley ideal for agriculture, with imposing rock formations rising from the fields.
This small town botanical garden doesn’t look like much until you get into the thick of the flowers and fruits grown here, but it is one of the must-see things to do in Viñales. Let yourself in through the vine-covered gate and stop in the on-site cottage to find someone who will give you a tour.
Patio del Decimista
This open-air bar is packed with locals every day, so get there early. Daily live music and excellent cocktails make this one of the best things to do in Viñales.
La Casa del Veguero
Stop at this plantation to learn about the tobacco growing process in Cuba and score some of the unbranded cigars most locals smoke. Cigars are cheap here, so it’s one of the best things for cigar lovers to do in Viñales.
Finca Raúl Reyes
This is another excellent tobacco plantation that offers tours just outside of Viñales, but there are many other things to do here. After enjoying a cigar with a side of rum or coffee and fruit, go for a hike. The best walk is up to Cueva de la Vaca for unbeatable views from the mouth of the cave.