You will be met by your Ya’lla Tours private Cuban guide at the Havana Harbor port and begin your tour.
Depart Havana for a 2.5-hour drive to Pinar Del Rio, Cuba’s western-most province and primary tobacco growing region. Pass through the beautiful countryside of the Guaniguanico mountain range, agricultural lands, and pine forests.
Visit the Hector Luis tobacco farm. Known as Habano-Man, Hector Luis was the youngest man in the world to receive the Habano award in 2008 and in 2009.
Next, visit the Viñales Valley, with some of the most spectacular scenery in Cuba. Conical limestone hills rise above the fertile valley floor, where small, privately-owned farms dot the landscape. Centuries of erosion has created many underground rivers and caves.
Continue for a unique lunch at El Paraiso Paladar, a slice of paradise in the Valley of Silence. It’s part organic farm or finca and part family-run restaurant owned by Wilfredo and his daughters. When you enter the gates of the farm you’re greeted by a couple of dogs and a wafting aroma of pork roasting at the bottom of the hill.
Wilfredo’s organic crops are planted in neat beds that lead out to one of the most dramatic panoramas in Viñales. It is hard to believe that just a few years ago there was nothing growing on this land except a thorny weed called el marabú. But without any pesticides, Wilfredo managed to plant fruit and vegetable crops that are now thriving and are enough to feed his family.
Lunch is served family-style on the wrap-around porch of the farm house. Wilfredo’s “anti-stress cocktails” are quite legendary in these parts and are the first thing to be served. They’re an herbal concoction of yerba buena, mint, basil and anise with some coconut milk and Cuban rum to taste.
We’ll end the day with a tour of the Guayabita del Pinar Rum factory.
Return to Havana Port to rejoin your cruise.
This trip is conducted under a General License – Humanitarian project (section 515.575)
PLEASE NOTE: U.S. dollars, traveler's checks and credit cards are not accepted in Cuba.
If possible, exchange USD to CUC (Convertable Cuban Peso) on your cruise ship before arrival, in order to save time in port.