The Viñales valley lies between Sierra del Rosario to the east and Sierra de los Organos to the west. The mound-like mogotes are overgrown limestone outcroppings scattered across the valley making the scenery very different to the rest of Cuba. Local caves can be explored on foot and by boat. In the heart of Sierra del Rosario the Soroa mountain resort has a famous orchid garden with around 400 different species. Within the forest there are waterfalls which are perfect for a refreshing swim and many miradors for great views of the UNESCO protected area.
Our preferred accommodation
La ErmitaLodge/Hosteria - ViñalesThere are good views of the valley and the hotel has a restaurant, pool and bar. Excursions can be arranged locally.
La Moka HotelLodge/Hosteria - Las TerrazasA comfortable hotel in the hills of Sierra del Rosario just outside the village of Las Terrazas. There is a pool and tennis courts.
La SoroaLodge/Hosteria - SoroaA comfortable lodge nestled in the hills. A perfect base for walking and seeing the many birds and orchids of the area. Excursions can be arranged locally and there is a pool.
Los JazminesLodge/Hosteria - ViñalesThe views from this hotel are stunning and are completely different to elsewhere in Cuba. There is a pool, two bars and a restaurant. Excursions can be arranged locally.