Up a horse’s backside

Vinales Travel Blog

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Rest stop on the way from Havana to Vinales.


Today we took an overnight trip to Vinales, about three hours by bus away from Havana.  The village is set amongst karst mountains ... good for rockclimbing, walks and horse-treks. 

We were met upon arrival by our Casa host who promptly set us off on a horse-trek ... we were on a rather short stay ... and I guess he gets some commission. 

The trip took us through what seemed like the village’s rubbish tip from which we got a good view of the town against the background of the karst mountains.  We then stopped by a local tobacco plantation ... it was pretty bare from the recent hurricane ... then it started to pour.  With the help of a makeshift poncho we made it back relatively dry. 

Throughout the trek, Kim’s horse wanted to lead but my horse kept wanting to overtake on the right hand side.  Which meant that my left knee was often up against the arse of Kim’s horse, once narrowly missing its call of nature. 

Also, my horse didn’t like puddles.  In its avoidance manoeuvre, it went hard-up against a tree ... my right knee was scraped hard against the tree ... just as well it wasn’t one of those barbed fences.  Next time I’ll wear thick jeans too. 

 

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Rest stop on the way from Havana t…
Rest stop on the way from Havana …
Rest stop on the way from Havana t…
Rest stop on the way from Havana …
Scene around Vinales from the hors…
Scene around Vinales from the hor…
Pig and piglets.
Pig and piglets.
Our guide.
Our guide.
Scene around Vinales from the hors…
Scene around Vinales from the hor…
On horse back.
On horse back.
Farmers house where we sheltered …
Farmer's house where we sheltered…
Makeshift poncho.
Makeshift poncho.
Our guest house.
Our guest house.
Our guest house with big tree thro…
Our guest house with big tree thr…
Pretty restaurant with great atmos…
Pretty restaurant with great atmo…
Vinales town centre.
Vinales town centre.
Street scene in Vinales.
Street scene in Vinales.
Street scene in Vinales.
Street scene in Vinales.
Street scene in Vinales.
Street scene in Vinales.
Street scene in Vinales.
Street scene in Vinales.
Guesthouse owners touting for gues…
Guesthouse owners touting for gue…
Street scene in Vinales.
Street scene in Vinales.
Vinales
photo by: lizzy1987