Valle Ancon - Vinales
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Best during the dry season roughly from November to April but this is also the peak season. Shoulder season May and June is worth a try and less crowded. Showers may occur but easier to find a nice casa without booking in advance. Hiking at the rainy season is possible but expect flooded trails. You might cross rivers with high level. Avoid the cyclon season from July to October and the school holiday from July to August.
Valle Vinales once covered by a mountain limestone range, much has eroded and left the mogotes. Lots of the mogotes have caves and some of these are developed for visitors. Cuba’s largest cave system is Santo Tomas and really worth a visit. Bring your own torch. Another one is Cueva del Indio which you enter by feet and leave by boat.
Vinales is popular for hiking, climbing and caving. Climbing is tolerated but not official allowed.
Four guided hiking trails are offered at the information center to Vinales Valley. Attached is a picture of the different tracks. The guided hikes are reasonable priced and afterwards we enjoyed an offered fresh coconut in Valle Ancon. We did this hike in June and it was really muddy. There was heavy rainfall the day before.
Vinales is famous for tobacco plantations and the best cigars in the world. More information can be found here: https://www.whentobewhere.com/tr...