Natural Viñales

18.08.2017 – 20.08.2017

We arrived late in Viñales with the bus. That night Carolina and I enjoyed a good dish with some good tuna. Moreover we had a small walk around the cute village. There were a lot of different bars and restaurant to choose from. From our restaurant we had an awesome view on the sunset.

Next day walked around the village visited two Tabaco farms. First was not that good but nice to see how they produce some hand-made cigars from just the leaves. Next farm was friendlier and got more information about the cigar production. Also they take different parts from the plant to produce milder and stronger cigars. They lower the leaf the milder. I was also amazed by the size of the tobacco seeds, they are sooooooo small (TWSS). Also I enjoyed a cigar like Che did, cigar with honey, give it a try!!!

Between the farm and the mirador there was a delicious restaurant where you could order a buffet full of delicious looking food for the cost of 10 CUC. Unfortunately that day I had a huge breakfast and no space left for other food. From the restaurant we headed to the mirador for a small break and for cooling down. The next destination was Vale de Silencio and a small cave nearby. The entry was 2 CUC. A guide and some flashlights were included. I got some insight of the different stone types in the cave. Greet the cave frog from me!

Our route ended at a rum coffee honey farm where we tried the different products. Coffee could have been better. I was a big fan of the rum and I also bought one for 10 CUC. Good stuff.

For dinner we enjoyed the lobster from our casa perticulares. A W E S O M E!!! Just delicious and the 10 CUC for it was fair.

After two nights we decided to leave Viñales due to lack of activities there. Of course you could do other hikes or horse ride tours but we did it already in Trinidad.

Next day we travelled to Havana, our colectivo did not show up… In the end we took a regular taxi to Piñar del Rio and then a Cuban bus to Havana in total 15 CUC.

Recommendations:

  • Spend some nights in Yanet y Maritza, Salavdor Cianero (interior) Edificio 5 Apto 12, +53 58203311, try the lobster!!!
  • Tobacco Macondo Organic Cigars, nice short tour with good cigars
  • Ecological Farm El Paraiso, 10 CUC buffet and nice view
  • Mirador next to th El Paraiso
  • Valle del Silencio
  • Cave de Silencio with guide and lamps (2CUC)
  • Coffee, rum and honey farm (between Valle del Silencio and Viñales)
    • All points are available on the app maps.me

 

***Back to the overview***

Guam

Four simple letters G U A M.
We finally touched soil of Guam. We went to ACE car to receive our rental car for our next days. Also that day we were really exhausted from the long travel. So we drove a little around and ate something and then we headed to our apartment, which we booked over AirBnb , where we took a small nap. That night there was a food/night market. It is every Wednesday at the chamorro village. The fire and dance show was awesome but the food was not overwhelming, it was kind of touristic but we wanted local awesome food. Anyway we headed back and my friend took a beer in pub next to our apartment… Sadly the price was 8$ for a normal size beer. After that we called it a day and hit the bed….. some hours later….. let’s say 14 hours later we finally woke up from our cryosleep. Full we energy we wanted to discover Guam.
Packed our beach gear, towel, swim suit, sun scream, beer and my lovely boom box JBL charge 3!!!
What a fun. Later that day we wanted to experience the night life in Guam so we hit the road and walked along the strip in Guam (Pale San Vitores Rd). Rolex, Gucci, Hard Rock Cafe etc….

What I recommend is the bar next to the slingshot. There we had a pleasant conversation with the barkeeper, which also gave us some recommendations for Guam and also for Saipan. The bar was between Uncle Sim’s Ramen and the slingshot. There you should try out the hard cocktails, not a zombie there is even a harder one!!!

Second morning and we headed to the Guam National Wildlife Refuge….. It was close :(. Anyway there was a small little gravel road, which lead to the Coconut Beach. No people, just a beautiful beach, it is a visit worth. We drove the road until there was no way left…. Or better said a gate that blocked the way. Also worth to visit: the Marbo cave on the east side. Little walk of 5 minutes from a small “parking lot”. Take your swimsuit with you!!!
Before we went back to our favourite beach (next to our apartment) we had a really delicious local meal. The place was called Terry’s Local Comfort Food. Mhhhhhhhhhhhhhm

Time for rum, beach and music!!! We hit the beach next to the blue lagoon condos and enjoyed the evening. Some hours later we had some additional company. That means we head good conversations and even one guy organized a kayak for us! In the middle of the night under full moon light, my friend and I tried to kayak around. We needed some attempts until we found the balance. Simply Awesome!

Next day was road trip around the island. For sure we did not see everything but here a small list what we have seen.
  • Lunch at the beach between Paseo de Susana park and Alupang Beach Tower
  • Sella Bay Overlook
  • Fort Nuestra Senora de la Soledad
  • Inarajan Natural Pool
Additional note due to a hit and run we had not so much time that day :(.
After these days our Guam adventure was already over and we had to head to Saipan.
***Click here for the story on Saipan***