Vinales, Cuba 

January 5th, 2015
Day 11

Bus tour day!
Left Havana to go to Vinales, Cuba . First stop was a rum factory, such a disappointment… did not even see anything being processed or bottled just the area it all happens in, literally an empty building with a few bottle stands. Lots of time though to buy stuff, go figure….not!

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Second stop was to an Indian cave which was quite cool. The cave was definitely upgraded for tourists, concrete floors, stairs, etc. but the cave was still interesting. Half of the cave was walkable; the other half was seen by boat which was cool. The topography of this region is almost jungle like vegetation on the mountains.

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We had lunch nearby Vinaliz of vegetables, fruits, rice and beans and yucca! Yucca is a root veggie that actually tastes really good, it’s kind of like a potato but chewier. The area we had lunch was next to a “mountain” that was painted.

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Second last stop on the tour was a Tabaco plantation where we got to see Tabaco plants growing, how Tabaco is stored and how a cigar is made. That was pretty cool but again super touristy.

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Last stop was a look out to get our pictures of the region and of course your last chance to buy souvenirs. No tour would be complete without shopping, lol….God could this trip be any more cliché?? Oh well, I’m glad we got a chance to see what Cuba looks like outside of Havana. At this stop there was an oxen? being road around by tourists…. to poor little thing 😦 I wanted to give him a hug and tell him I wish we lived in a world were animals weren’t exploited.

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Almost got ripped off when I bought some kitchen magnets at a vendor. I needed $13 change in CUP, I got $12 in CUP and 3 pesos. The 3 peso coin looks identical to the $1 CUP. So dad caught it and told the dude he was cheating us and the guy was like oh sorry but we obviously knew he was trying to scam us. You can never take your guard down when you travel!

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