Walkaround in the Vinales Valley, The Mural de la Prehistoria and barbecued pork.
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Day 5. April 2nd 2008.
We are not biking to day, but a nice walkaround in
The Vinales Valley was placed on The Worlds Heritage List in November 1999 both for it`s natural beauty and for the Vernacular architecture and traditions.
In contrast to planned architecture by architects, the building knowledge in vernacular architecture is often transported by local traditions and is thus more - but not only - based on knowledge achieved by trial and error and often handed down through the generations rather than calculated on knowledge of geometry and physics.
This of course does not exclude architects from using vernacular architecture in their designs or being firmly based in their regional vernacular architecture.
The quality of this cultural landscape is enhanced by the vernacular architecture of its farms and villages, where a rich multi-ethnic society survives, illustrating the cultural development of the islands of the Caribbean, and of
The main attraction of Vinales is the surrounding countryside. The village it self is worth a visit though. Vinales and especially the surrounding valley are among the absolute top attractions of
Vinales is about
The valley is stunning. The flat land, full of tobacco and palm trees is scattered with 20-
The process is comparable with that in Cappadocia, but here's the mogotes are completely covered with green vegetation.
We had a nice
He told us about the area, it`s agriculture and the florae in a very humoristic and entertaining way.
We went by a cactus full of egg (so it seems) I asked him if the Cubans had solved the question about who was first; the hen or the egg.
He told us about the tradition farmers widows had.
The egg shells tell the surroundings that she is ready and looking for a new husband and that suitors are welcome to propose.
I think it is a rather nice tradition.
The red farmland and unique microclimate produce the best cigars in the world. Some tobacco farms are set up for tourist tours.
During the day we visited a tobacco farmer who thought us to make cigars.
Like everywhere in
The village, with its colonial main street has a nice and friendly atmosphere.
We were also invited to visit a farmer’s house; his family served us different kinds of fresh fruit and coffee grown on their marks.
And of cause we all bought coffee to bring home.
Walking 3 or
You love it or you hate it (most visitors do the second thing). The Mural de
The paintings have been made by Leovigildo Gonzales. They depict the evolution from ammonites to Homo sapiens. It`s a kind of psychedelic.
I think this is the worst tourist attraction I saw in
In 1961 Fidel Castro visited a beautiful valley a few kilometres west of Viñales. He commissioned that the cliff should be painted with snails, dinosaurs, and a family of cavepersons, in garish colours!
There's a restaurant, bar, and gift shop.
The guidebook says that the food in the restaurant is excellent and the live music is good. We didn`t try it. You can also try horseback riding if you like.
After visiting The Mural de
As I wrote earlier the Cuban people is very friendly and hostage. They also want a part of the tourist industry.
The farmers “rent” their land and have to “give” the state 80% of what they grow. Most of the farmers grow tobacco.
The farmers are allowed to have chickens, hens and pigs without reporting to the government. Lots of farmers do this to have an extra income.
The farm we visited was very simple as my photos will show you.
I think he had invited his whole family to meet us.
We were served grilled pork with different kinds of vegetables and local beer.
The Cubans really know hove to barbecue, especially pork. The lunch was delicious.
After lunch we headed back to our hotel to relax some hour by the pool before dinner.
This evening we were entertained by some local dancers and I were very concerned about the mail dancers.
Some of us women want to shave or vax some of our hair. To be honest I do my legs and armpit, oh good I don’t think it is true that I`m telling you this, I almost feel ashamed.
This mail dancer burned his legs, arms, armpits and oh my good; Hi even burned his bikini line. Or was it his ba..s?
Please guys don’t try this you can get in deep trouble.