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Pristine Nature in Western Cuba

Pinar del Rio, Cuba's westernmost province, holds a broad spectrum of natural attractions, combined with excellent beaches.

It is worth mentioning that Pinar del Rio has two sites that have been declared a Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization: the Guanahacabibes Peninsula and part of Sierra del Rosario, in addition to a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Viñales Valley, and several natural areas that are full of excellently preserved flora and fauna.

The imprint of the first settlers in Cuba is found in the Guanahacabibes Peninsula, the westernmost tip of the island, and named after the tribes that once lived in that area.

Besides, centuries-old buildings are still standing majestically in the provincial capital. That is the case of the cathedral, built in 1883, and the Jose Jacinto Milanes Theater, a cultural center dating from 1838 and built entirely of timber.

In addition, the largest cave formations in Cuba are located in the province, where there are caves that cross the mogotes (rounded top hills) from side to side in places such as the Sierra de los Organos.

The cavern in this mountain range contains major paleontological wealth, including fossils of Pleistocene fauna, some of which are unique.

Soroa´s Orchid Garden.

Many of these caves were created by rivers, with overlapping routes that constitute truly impressive systems, as is the case of the so-called Santo Tomas Cave, the largest in Cuba, covering some 45 kilometers of explored galleries.

Among the major exponents of the underground world are two colossi in the province: the groups Palmarito-Novillo (which are 42 kilometers long) and Majagua-Canteras (35 kilometers long).

In the Viñales Valley, holidaymakers can visit Cueva del Indio (the Indian's Cave), which was rediscovered in the 1920s and is famous for the discovery of human remains and artifacts from the ancient inhabitants of the territory, as well as being an option for excursions on the river that goes through it to appreciate the rock formations inside.

Large rock pillars of capricious forms named mogotes give a special touch to the valley and one of them, Two Sister, has paintings on one of its slopes, the so-called Mural of Prehistory, which represents the evolution of life in the region.

The best beach is located on Cayo Levisa, with lush vegetation, abundance and diversity of birds, especially pelicans, and spaces for scuba diving and snorkeling.

The environment is full of coral formations, such as the famous Corona de San Carlos (San Calos's Crown)

Closer to the provincial capital, Soroa, which is also known as the rainbow of Cuba, shows a unique image with a beautiful 22-meter waterfall that constitutes an invitation to take a refreshing swim at any time of the year.

The most famous attraction in Soroa is the Orchid Garden, a must for all tourists visiting the province, with some 1,800 species of these flowers from all over the world.

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