At the end of last year, after consulting to the main experts of the world of the trips, the digital portal Business Insider threw a list with the 25 more attractive places of the planet to visit in the 2018.

In the number two, above big cities like the city of Tokyo, and of other fascinating landscapes, as the Swiss Alps, it recommended Viñales.

Two years before, The New York Times, the influential North American newspaper, it had already included to the valley pinareño among the 52 better destinations to know in the 2016.

In both means, its beauty, its impressive mogotes, the country environment, and its hospital and cheerful people’s heat, was stood out that has learned to take out it profit to the kindness of the tourism.

To one century that the painting Domingo Ramos gave it to know to the world, Viñales has put on in fashion.

They count that at the beginning there was who they doubted that this majestic valley of Jurassic mogotes, recreated by Ramos in its canvases, was real, and they even ended up insinuating that the alone place existed in the artist’s imagination.

It is not for less, keeping in mind that in the entire world there is alone a similar place, and it is of the other side of the planet: the bay of Halong, in Vietnam.

But Viñales is as certain as those mountains that wrap it and that the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca at some time compared with a flock of sleeping elephants.

In total, 15 010 hectares conform the National Park Viñales, located in the heart of the Sierra of the Organs, in the county of Pinar del Río (Cuba).

Besides its surprising geologic formations, it is a place in which history and traditions, a wide biodiversity, dozens of archaeological places, and the two systems more extensive cavern of Cuba converge.

Among their main natural treasures, it stands out the palm cork, declared National Monument, for their relevance floral and to have survived from the Jurassic period until today, considered as an authentic alive fossil.

The territory also possesses numerous endemic species of the flora and of the fauna, and a great variety of birds and mollusks like the Zachrysiaguanensis.

Less well-known, but equally beautiful, they are many of their caves, to the point that it could be affirmed, without to exaggerate that Viñales is so beautiful inside as on the outside.

Even, to accentuate their magic, the specialists notice that dozens of kilometers of galleries still exist to those that the man has not arrived.

It happens this way, for example, with Palmarito, the biggest system cavern in the country, with a proven extension until the moment of 59 kilometers, and that it has not still finished exploring.

They say that Federico García Lorca felt for the valley a such attraction that some specialists have ended up calling it ¨the Cuban landscape of Lorca¨.

Dora Alonso, on the other hand, was inspired by its blinding nature to write several of her works, and she ended up requesting that, to her death, her remains were deposited here.

This is also the earth that saw be born to Adela Azcuy, the captain mambisa that combatted under Antonio Maceo´s orders, and where it arose in 1959, for initiative of Fidel, the first rural militia of Cuba, well-known as The Malagones.

For it, although they thank that today it is in fashion, the inhabitants of this region of the Cuban occident find it too trivial the way in that it is sometimes promoted like destination, and that it frequently summarizes it to an exuberant mogotes valley, with colorful houses and fields of tobacco.

It is, for example, as they present it Business Insider and The New York Times in their lists of places to visit, and they don’t lack reason. But Viñales is that… and much more.

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