Photos of Viñales Valley, a living cultural landscape, Cuba

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Viñales Valley, a living cultural landscape

Viñales, in north-central Pinar del Río Province, is a small town dominated by the Sierra de los Órganos, low mountain ranges of the Cordillera de Guaniguanico. Before European settlement, the area was home of remaining Taíno native people and runaway slaves and was colonised in the early 1800s by tobacco growers; tobacco and other crops are cultivated on the bottom of the valley, mostly by traditional agriculture techniques and famous Cuban cigars are manufactured here as well.

Church of Viñales
 
Leading horses, Viñales
 
View to Viñales
 
Calle Adela Azcuy, Viñales
 
Tobacco farm, Viñales
 
Hill near Cueva de Vaca, Viñales
 
View from Cueva de Vaca, Viñales
 
Tobacco farm, Viñales
 
Tobacco farm, Viñales
 
Along the road, Viñales
 
Along the road, Viñales
 
Colourful houses, Viñales
 
Main street, Viñales
 
View in Valle de Viñales
 
Hotel Horizontes Los Jazmines
 
View in Valle de Viñales
 
View in Valle de Viñales
 
Tobacco farm near Viñales
 
Mural de la Prehistoria
 
Parque Nacional Viñales
 
Lake, Parque Nacional Viñales
 
Small bar, Parque Nacional Viñales
 
View, Parque Nacional Viñales
 
View, Parque Nacional Viñales
 
View, Parque Nacional Viñales
 
Tobacco field, Parque Nacional Viñales
 
Rural road, Parque Nacional Viñales
 
Farmer's field, Prehistory mural
 
Farmer's field, Sierra de Viñales
 
'Raices' sculptures, near Viñales
 
Viñales valley from Raices viewpoint
 
Viñales valley from Raices viewpoint
 
Viñales valley from Raices viewpoint
 
'Raices' sculptures, near Viñales
 
'Raices' sculpture, near Viñales
 
'Raices' sculpture, near Viñales
 

North of the town is the Viñales Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Sierra de los Órganos mountains. Mogotes, conspicuous limestone cliffs up to 300 metres tall, rise like islands from the bottom of the valley and many caves dot the surrounding hillfaces, like Cueva del Indio (cave of the Indian) and Cueva de José Miguel. It is a major tourist destination offering mainly hiking and rock climbing.

The huge Mural of Prehistory, 120 metres high and 160 metres in length, is painted on a slope in the mogote called Pita in the valley of Dos Hermanas. It displays the evolution of natural life, men and animals in the Sierra de los Órganos in Cuba. The artist was Leovigildo González Morillo, who was Director of Cartography of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba. It features Guanahatabeyes Indians who used to live here, species of mammals, gigantic animals, as well as some mollusks.