The region of Pinar del Rio, located at the west end of the island, is the one with the most UNESCO heritage sites in Cuba and these are:
the Valle de Viñales and two biosphere reserves, the Sierra del Rosario and Península de Guanahacabibes.
The world’s best tobacco, the Guayabita del Pinar, a brandy from the little Guava (a fruit which only grows in the surrounding forests). Just join one of the daily tours to the factories and taste a good cigar and have a shot of sweet or dry Guayabita. Coffee plantations and beautiful Orchid as well are excellent products of this magnificent land. Don’t miss “Soroa”, home to 750 orchid species and the spectacular El Salto waterfall.
The city of Pinar del Rio offers buildings of different architectural styles like the Natural Science museum “Sadalio de Noda” and the “Milanes” Theatre For nighttime entertainment, the “Rumayor cabaret”, a simpler version of Havana’s cabarets but with a greater Afro-Cuban focus, is the perfect place for a fun night in town.
The Landscape of this region is amazing: Limestone mountains (called Mogotes), waterfalls, flat plains, tropical forests, water springs make Pinar del Rio a “must see” for those who loves a direct encounter with the nature.
The Caribbean coast of Pinar del Rio also has little treasure such like Cayo Levisa and Maria La Gorda.
Cayo Levisa is made of most mangroves and sand. In fact a beautiful beach stretches for 3 km on the north side of this small island. The outer coral reef is a diving and snorkeling paradise with its 23 dive sites made of coral gardens, colorful fishes and caves. Dive facilities and staff will make your underwater vacation unforgettable.
Maria La Gorda is the alternative to Cayo Levisa for the divers/snorkelers where you will find an International Diving Centre and resort right on the beach.