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Viñales Day Trip Tour from Havana

Last Updated on May 12, 2024 by Natalie

A Viñales Day Trip Tour from Havana was the perfect solution to a problem I commonly have when planning trips – never enough time!

Originally, we wanted to stay in a Casa Particular in Viñales for a few days, but we just didn’t have the time in our limited seven days in Cuba. We were so happy we found this Airbnb experience that offered a day trip.

Where is Viñales?

Viñales is a town in Western Cuba home to lush fields, tobacco farms, rock climbing, and so much more. Just a couple hours away from bustling Havana, Viñales makes for a perfect day trip to enjoy life at a slower pace.

Why book an Airbnb Experience?

Because most of the tourism is run by the communist government, booking Airbnb experiences is the most direct way to give Cuban people money to support them for their services.

Most Cubans must work government jobs that only pay a monthly average wage of $20-40 USD (a month!) To make ends meet, many Cubans work on the side in the tourism industry.

By booking an Airbnb or Airbnb Experience, your money will go to supporting the Cuban people directly, rather than to a hotel or tourist agency. This rule doesn’t just apply to Cuba, it’s just like shopping locally. Your money goes to the people, rather than larger corporations.

Also, it is way more of an authentic experience!

Now that I’ve briefed you on Cuban geography and politics, let’s get to it!

– Viñales Day Trip Tour from Havana –

Depart from Havana around 8 a.m.

We were picked up in this awesome classic car from Havana around 8-9 a.m.

Honestly, nobody is on time in Cuba, so if you have a tour booked and they are running behind – that is totally normal! Patience is key, as keep in mind internet is not always readily available here.

The 2.5-hour drive to Viñales was really enjoyable. Make sure to bring your passport everywhere with you in Cuba, as cops will often flag you down when you are leaving city limits.

Viñales Day Trip Tour from Havana

Horseback Riding through Mogotes Valley.

The first stop on our tour was riding beautiful horses through the lush valley.

Anytime I think of engaging in tourism with animals, I always do some research into the specifics of how the animals are treated.

We almost booked a different tour in Viñales before coming across this one, however, there were a number of reviews of how badly the horses were treated. Luckily on this tour, the horses seemed to be very well taken care of.

This photo doesn’t do the views of the valley justice, it was so stunning!

The Colorful Country of Cuba

The Art of Cuban Cigars

This was unexpectedly one of my favorite parts of the tour! Smoking a Cuban cigar in Cuba is definitely a bucket list moment worth all the hype. You learn where the tobacco grows, how to roll it, and of course how to smoke it.

Bring cash with you so you can buy cigars and other souvenirs! If you personally don’t want them, they make excellent gifts to give away back home.

Viñales day trip tour

Meet the farm animals

After the horseback riding and cigar demonstration, you will spend time with the farmers while smoking cigars. It honestly feels like you’re visiting your family’s farm! Everyone was so nice and the animals were adorable.

The Colorful Country of Cuba
Viñales day trip tour from Havana

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Explore the Caves of Viñales

Horseback, cigars, and now caves – oh my! This tour has quite a variety, which always kept things interesting. We enjoyed a nice boat ride through the beautiful caves of Viñales.

Viñales Day Trip Tour from Havana

Enjoy a late lunch with a view.

On your way back to Havana, you will stop at a delicious restaurant with an incredible view. I ordered the Cuban Ropa Vieja, which is the National Dish of Cuba. It was incredibly delicious.

Viñales Day Trip Tour from Havana
The Colorful Country of Cuba

That concludes a full-day trip Tour to Viñales.

While Havana is a great place to base yourself during your time in Cuba, I highly recommend venturing out beyond.

You can book this Viñales Day Trip Tour on Airbnb here.

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10 Comments

  1. How amazing! We were supposed to be in Cuba last week so it was a nice treat for me to travel vicariously though you! Sounds like an amazing time. Thanks for sharing your journey!

  2. Wow Natalie, I love the car, the locals and the horseback riding! Will definitely come back to this blog when I go to Cuba! Thank you for the fun ideas!

  3. Aw man, I wish there was a chance to hold ducks when I visited Vinales!!! I wish Airbnb Experiences were more of a thing when I visited, it’s a great way to give money back to citizens (though I’m sure they still get taxed a ton)

  4. What a truly amazing place! Anywhere you stay that has animals is a big plus from me haha. I would definitely consider an Airbnb Experience when I got to Cuba.

  5. Vinales looks like an excellent day trip and experience! I would really enjoy riding in one of those old cars, try an authentic cigar and explore the caves!

  6. I’ve never been to Cuba but would definitely be down to go horseback riding + hang out with cute farm animals! :] That looks like a fun day trip!

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